Adobe Premiere Pro Performance Tips

If you've edited with Adobe Premiere Pro, you're familiar with lagging, and know what a drawback it can be to your workflow.

What are the best ways to avoid major lags, and slow performance? recently posted a great article outlining how to speed up your Premiere Pro workflow.

Quick Solutions for the Most Improvement included a great list of quick fixes, if you are in a hurry and editing on a deadline.

Turn on GPU Acceleration

In the Premiere interface, under Project Settings, set the renderer to GPU Acceleration. If this option is not available, update your graphics and card drivers.

Lower Playback Resolution

Users will also notice a major difference by lowering the playback resolution. Adjust the setting to 1/2 or 1/4 on the bottom right corder of your preview window.

It's also worth nothing that by disabling high quality playback, you will also speed up your machine.

Purge Media Cache Files

Old cache files can seriously slow down your workflow. This can be changed by deleting unused files in Media Cache- under preferences.

Save Cache Files to a Secondary SSD

Finally, it’s also recommended to save your media cache files and scratch disk files to a secondary drive — preferably an internal SSD — for the best playback performance. In fact, Puget Systems claims this is the number one thing you can do to increase performance with Premiere Pro. If you have to use an external SSD, make sure it’s rated for USB 3.0 and you have it plugged into a USB 3.0 port. (USB 3.0 is usually indicated with the color blue on the port or connector.)

In order to change the scratch disk file location, go to the Scratch Disks directory under the Project Settings. This will need to be done for every project you work on, as Premiere Pro doesn't save project setting locations.

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