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  • How do I turn on GPU accelerated video processing?

    Posted by Bruce Quayle on October 26, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Hi guys,

    I have been setting up my preferences for my new Vegas Pro 11, and under the video tab, I see a box for “GPU acceleration of video processing”. This is listed as “Off” and I have no option to turn it on. Am I missing something, or is my GPU not accepted by Vegas.

    I have a HP Pavilion with a i7 840Q processor and a NVIDIA G-Force GT 230M GPU.

    Many thanks!


    Joaquim Ferreira replied 11 years, 9 months ago 14 Members · 31 Replies
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  • Steve Rhoden

    October 27, 2011 at 12:14 am

    If when you click on that GPU option, and you dont see any other option,
    that means you dont have GPU Processing available on your system for
    Vegas to use.

    Steve Rhoden
    (Cow Leader)
    Film Maker
    Filmex Creative Media.

  • Bruce Quayle

    October 27, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Thanks for your response Steve.

    So I guess not all GPUs are recognised by Vegas? Is there anywhere one can see which ones are accepted, and what makes them acceptable?


  • Angelo Mike

    October 27, 2011 at 1:08 am
  • Bruce Quayle

    October 27, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Thanks Angelo!


  • Dave Blankenship

    October 27, 2011 at 2:17 am

    I have a pavilion with the radeon 6770M card, and vegas wouldn’t recognize the card for GPU acceleration when I was using the HP video drivers.

    After I updated with the video drivers stright from AMD, the GPU acceleration worked fine.

  • Dave Haynie

    October 27, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Yeah… drivers make a big difference. Both good and bad, sometimes.

    I’m playing around with two GPUs right now: an AMD HD 6970 and a nVidia GeForce GTX570.

    When I first got the GTX570 installed, the performance was disturbingly lower than the AMD on nearly everything. After the latest upgrade, things are better, though the AMD is still faster. AND one extra present… accelerated Main Concept CODECs seem to always crash.

    The nVidia also seems to have a questionable video quality… hard to figure out how, this being a digital interface and all (DVI on the PC, HDMI on the monitors). But it looks like nothing much different than an analog display with a bit of impedance mis-match, so you see echos at high contrast transitions. That’s probably going to be the deciding factor. I had an actual change to put Vegas 11 to work on a real job, and I think the nVidia display has been giving me a headache!


  • Thomas Roell

    October 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Late response here.

    The Sony Website is of no big help … It would be nice to have an explanation somewhere, why some older or newer cards are not supported and others are.

    I’m somewhat ticked off as I got a Laptop specifically based upon the OpenCL 1.1 requirement, and now half a year later it turns out that it’s not supported by Vegas, but works quite nice with the Adobe Mercury engine.

    Reading over all the posts, it seems that vegas110.exe has hardcoded some device id list somewhere, or some OpenCL requirement. It would just be nice to expose this externally so that one could use say “GPU Caps Viewer” and then see why their GPU won’t work.

  • Angelo Mike

    October 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    By the way, even though the Radeon 6870 is listed as a compatible card, I couldn’t get Vegas 11 to recognize it, even after updating the drivers.

  • Dave Haynie

    October 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I’m pretty durn sure the HD6870 is working… that’s one of two cards actually tested on Sony’s benchmark page.

    I assume you do know how to enable GPU acceleration in Vegas. Are you sure you have the OpenCLI ICD installed? Did you try another OpenCL program (for example, the Luxmark 1.0 benchmark)?

    I’m asking to help, but also because I have yet to see an AMD driver package install correctly. I get crashes, warnings, etc. and never managed to get the “Vision Engine” Control Center to run (when I try to start it, I see nothing, but my system gets really unstable and eventually crashes — wonderful). I do see OpenCL, but I did install that separately.


  • Mike Brennan

    October 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Hello Dave. I remember you from back in the Amiga days. Nice to see you on this forum !

    I just bought a new 2600K PC and Vegas 10 prior to the release of 11. Off of the top of my head, it has an invidea 550 card.

    Do you have Vegas 10 and 11 both installed on your computer, and is the display so bad that you may find yourself doing the project in vegas 10? Is the display in 11 OK if you turn the GPU acceleration off? Is the acceleration that you get with the Invidea worth the “headache” 😉

    I have a few projects that I need to kick out, and I’m pondering if I should get 11 or just stick with 10
    for now.


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