How to enable Premiere Pro GPU acceleration

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

Free transitions for Premiere Pro

Why would you need to use Premiere Pro GPU acceleration?

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

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

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.

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.

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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