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  • How to make Premiere Pro 15.2 faster?

     Rob Ainscough updated 1 month ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Rob Ainscough

    May 13, 2021 at 5:58 am

    My main editing PC is now old Intel 7900X (10C/20T) with 128GB RAM, Titan X (pascal), and 3 very fast M.2 NVMe 2TB (1280) cards with some slower 10TB mechanical HDDs and a QNAP NAS 80TB for more term archival running latest Windows 10.

    I do mostly 4K/30p or 4K/60p and some 10bit (usually via capture cards in a PC not a camera).

    I’ve done as much “tweaking” as I can to make Pr faster, RAM allocate, cache location to fast M.2, using Proxies, GPU acceleration, etc.

    But no matter what I do, it’s slow. A relatively simple sequence with 3 video tracks (2 nested with some BCC Type On Text, and 1 source clip with a couple of Mocha Pro FX tracking) with source footage at 4K/30 but down graded to low res proxies for editing.

    Tracking in Mocha Pro is horribly slow, but even after tracking, just rendering out the FX on a short clip 3400 frames will take 30 minutes!

    I’ve been looking at AMD 5950X (16C/32T) as it has more threads and better single core performance, but I really have no idea what is a good GPU? My Titan X (pascal) is pretty old. Ignore the crazy scalper prices for hardware … any recommendation to help out with Adobe Pr performance?

    Cheers, Rob.

  • Tero Ahlfors

    May 13, 2021 at 6:25 am

    What formats/codecs are the source footage in? H264/H265 can get rough especially in higher resolutions/framerates and I would recommend trying transcoding the footage to Prores or DNxHR to see if that would speed things up.

  • Rob Ainscough

    May 13, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Footage formats/codecs vary, but the ones I use the most are:

    Type: MPEG Movie

    File Size: 2.93 GB

    Image Size: 3840 x 2160

    Frame Rate: 29.97

    Source Audio Format: 48000 Hz – Compressed – Stereo

    Project Audio Format: 48000 Hz – 32 bit floating point – Stereo

    Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0

    Alpha: None

    Video Codec Type: MP4/MOV H.264 4:2:0 (Full Range)

    ———-

    Type: MPEG Movie

    File Size: 1.48 GB

    Image Size: 3840 x 2160

    Frame Rate: 29.97

    Source Audio Format: 48000 Hz – 16-bit – Stereo

    Project Audio Format: 48000 Hz – 32 bit floating point – Stereo

    Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0

    Alpha: None

    Video Codec Type: MP4/MOV H.264 4:2:0

    ———–

    Type: MPEG Movie

    File Size: 210.51 MB

    Image Size: 1920 x 1080

    Frame Rate: 29.97

    Source Audio Format: 44100 Hz – Compressed – Stereo

    Project Audio Format: 44100 Hz – 32 bit floating point – Stereo

    Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0

    Alpha: None

    Video Codec Type: HEVC 4:2:0

    Variable Frame Rate Detected

    ———–

    I have tried various Apple ProRes 422 (and Proxy) which works well for timeline manipulation and basic editing, but when it comes to rendering in/out FX that’s where it takes a long time and doesn’t seem to matter what format I convert to.

    I have Pr set to use 104 GB RAM (system total is 128GB). But Pr never seems to use more than about 4GB RAM … my project footage could ALL be loaded into RAM but Pr seems pretty brain dead about memory usage (just keeps paging it from my M.2 NVMe). Optimize Rendering is set to “Performance”. Audio is set for MME (but ASIO is available). H264/HEVC (Nvidia) hardware accelerated decoding and encoding is checked/enabled. Media Cache is set to my fastest M.2 NVMe drive.

    Cheers, Rob.

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