Cut to the Video: Adobe Premiere Pro Helps Content Creators Work Faster with GPU-Accelerated Exports

With NVIDIA encoder acceleration in Adobe Premiere Pro, editors can export high-resolution videos up to 5x faster than on CPU.
by Stanley Tack

With more people working from home, video editors are being challenged to deliver content in new ways. Many are using footage shot at home or getting creative with stock footage to meet the demands for fresh content.

With the latest release of Adobe Premiere Pro, available today, creators can get new NVIDIA GPU-enhanced features that help them deliver high-quality content faster than ever.

Elevate Editing Workflows with GPU Acceleration

With the new Premiere Pro 14.2, video creators gain massive time-savings with new GPU-accelerated encoding. Adobe and NVIDIA have optimized Premiere Pro for the built-in NVIDIA hardware encoder on NVIDIA Quadro and GeForce GPUs.

The results are staggering. Editors can now export high-resolution videos up to 5x faster than with CPU alone by using the popular H.264 or H.265 / HEVC codecs. Less time exporting means more time for editing content, and quicker turnarounds on projects.

“I’m often required to export multiple versions of my videos. Sometimes to submit for approval, but mostly I just prefer to error check the final render instead of playing back the timeline,” said YouTuber Gerald Undone. “With NVENC integration into Premiere Pro, I can do this step in a third of the time, which should equate to dozens of hours saved by the end of the year.”

And thanks to enhancements in the encoder on our latest NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro RTX GPUs, encoding quality and efficiency are second to none.

For example, the music video below is three minutes and nine seconds long. With traditional software encoding using a Core i9-9750H laptop CPU, it takes 3:48 to export. By using the NVIDIA hardware encoder on a GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU, the export completes in one-fifth the time — a mere 47 seconds.

In addition to Premiere Pro, the NVIDIA hardware encoder speeds up video exports in Adobe Media Encoder, After Effects and Audition.

“With NVENC, our workflow has drastically improved,” said cinematographer Armando Ferreira. “We are able to playback higher resolutions in real time in our timeline and export up to 40 percent faster.”

Video encoding joins a growing list of Premiere Pro features enhanced by NVIDIA GPUs, including accelerated video effects using CUDA, and Auto Reframe with GPU-accelerated AI.

“These improvements are the result of years of collaboration between NVIDIA and Adobe to deliver high-quality applications and tools to creators,” said Manish Kulkarni, senior engineering manager at Adobe. “With new support for NVIDIA GPUs on Windows, exports are hardware accelerated leveraging the power of the GPU to make Premiere Pro more powerful and keep video creators productive and nimble.”

Also included in today’s release is support for Apple’s ProRes RAW in both Premiere Pro and After Effects. For the first time, video editors and motion graphics artists can import and edit ProRes RAW files in Windows with no need to transcode. This is accelerated by CUDA, available exclusively on NVIDIA GPUs.

Don’t yet have access to Premiere Pro? Get a free three-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud with the purchase of an RTX Studio laptop or desktop.

Find out more about the latest Premiere Pro release.