GPU Acceleration Premiere Pro: How to Enable in Simple 3 Steps

We’ve found that many Premiere Pro users are getting the notification when adding effects or transitions in Premiere Pro to enable GPU acceleration Premiere Pro

However, as well as this error, there are other reasons for enabling GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro. This article looks at what GPU acceleration is and how to enable GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro.

Let’s get into it.

What is GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro?

In simple terms, GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro is a combination of a graphics processing unit and a computer processing unit to allow the user to playback your Timeline in Premiere Pro in high quality real-time.

Implementing the two allows you to playback GPU accelerated effects and transitions in real-time without having to render. Considerably reducing your workload as you can review instantly. 

This process is perfect for full-time video editors who need to work effectively and efficiently. Here are a few reasons why you’d implement GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro, then we show you how to implement it. 

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Why would you need to use Premiere Pro GPU acceleration?

Premiere Pro GPU acceleration can help with tasks such as color grading, video effects, and exporting videos. It can also help to improve performance when working with large projects or videos with a lot of layers.

While there are plenty of reasons to use GPU acceleration, and the most common is when you get the error message “This effect requires GPU acceleration“ in Premiere Pro.

This is because the effect will need powerful processing to render the effect at a decent speed. 

To enable Premiere Pro GPU acceleration is relatively easy. We will show you down below: 

How to enable Premiere Pro GPU acceleration

There are a few things to keep in mind when working with GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro. First, not all effects and plugins are compatible with GPU acceleration. Second, certain effects may actually render faster without GPU acceleration. And third, Premiere Pro may not always use the GPU for all tasks, even if it’s enabled in the preferences.

With that said, let’s take a look at how to enable GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro and see what kind of performance benefits it can provide.

GPU Acceleration Premiere Pro: Your First Steps

To enable GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro simply: 

  • File > Project Settings > General > Video Rendering and Playback
  • Then, set the Renderer in Premiere Pro to Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration
  • Then confirm by clicking OK
GPU Acceleration Premiere Pro: Press OK When Done

Or if you’re looking to enable the GPU acceleration in Adobe Media Encoder

  • Firstly go to Preferences > General and set the Renderer to Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (this can be found under the Video Rendering section).
  • Then select OK to confirm. 

Note: You can actually set the Renderer at the bottom right corner in the “Queue Panel” in Adobe Media Encoder.

Once you have enabled GPU acceleration, you may notice a difference in the way that Premiere Pro operates. For example, you may see a decrease in the time it takes to render or export videos.

If you experience any problems with GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro, you can try turning it off and seeing if that makes a difference. You can also contact Adobe customer support for assistance.

All things: Premiere Pro playback speed

Increase the speed of your Premiere Pro placyback. Enabling GPU acceleration is just one element to improving the speed and efficiency of Premiere Pro’s playback feature.

Rendering in Premiere Pro

Here’s how to speed up rendering in Premiere Pro. Rendering in Premiere Pro is essential, and you want it to be as speedy as possible. GPU acceleration will help, but there are a few more tips to use to enable fast and efficient rendering in Premiere Pro.

GPU Acceleration Premiere Pro: Conclusion

We hope this article was of use to you. Let us know your thoughts down below, we love to hear from you. And as always, 

Happy editing!

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Jay Neill

Jay Neill is the founder, owner, and managing editor of iFilmThings and believes everyone should have access to the film resources they need to plan their filmmaking project, which is why he’s dedicated iFilmThings to helping all filmmakers.

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