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How to Render Faster and Speed Up Adobe® Premiere® Pro

Rendering in Adobe Premiere Pro and importing video files from a camera are two of the most resource-intensive tasks your computer will face. There are some ways to speed up these two tasks.

Trying to speed up Adobe® Photoshop®? Read our guide here.

SSDs and memory to speed up performance

The two most important things you can do to increase the speed of Premiere Pro are to maximize your computer memory (RAM) and exchange your hard drive for a solid state drive.

These two components are, for most computers, easy to change. Adobe also recommends this solution. 

How more memory helps

Rendering, editing video, applying effects, and running applications all rely on RAM for smooth operation. For rendering, the computer will often use VRAM (video random access memory) from the GPU (graphics processing unit) first, but when space runs out in VRAM, the system will start using the main computer RAM to continue running the process. Installing the maximum amount of memory your computer allows will allow the computer to run all processes faster. 

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How an SSD helps

Booting up, loading source files, previewing video, exporting video, and transfering files from camera to computer all rely on a storage drive. The larger and faster your storage drive is, the easier it is to find the files you want to work with. SSDs are faster than HDDs to boot up and find and open files. Moving files from flash memory (such as camera memory cards) to a hard disk drive can be slow, but because solid state drives use the same technology as memory cards, the transfer is quicker. Video playback is also smoother using a solid state drive.

Adobe recommends a minimum of a two-drive RAID, with at least one solid state drive. This setup allows you to assign certain tasks to each drive, spreading out the work. At the very least, having an external storage drive will allow you to store completed files separately from your current work.

Performance testing

To see the effect of an SSD and more memory on a variety of tasks, including rendering, we tested a hard drive and a solid state drive and two memory amounts in several real-life scenarios. The other programs that were running in the background were After Effects®, Photoshop®, Illustrator®, Acrobat Reader®, Microsoft® Word®, and Microsoft® Outlook®.

We tested four configurations of the same base system performing some specific tasks; boot up, opening other applications, opening Premiere Pro, and rendering a one-minute video clip. 

This is the configuration for the test:

Component

Specification

System

HP® Elitebook® 8460p

Processor

Intel® Core i5-2520M 2.50GHz

Memory

4GB DDR3-1333 (16GB max capacity)

BIOS

BIOS revision F.06 (28 July 2011)

OS

Microsoft® Windows® 7 Pro 64-bit

Software

Adobe® Creative Cloud®

With the exception of the hard drive with 4GB of memory, we tested each configuration three times and averaged the results. The hard drive with 4GB of memory was tested only one time because it was the base system configuration and had an unusually low amount of memory for design work. The test was for representational purposes only. All tests began with a fresh boot. Only the files and applications that were used for testing were installed and stored on the drives. The hard drive was a 320GB 7200 rpm HGST Travelstar®. The SSD was a 1TB Crucial® MX200. Testing was conducted in February 2016.

The results of the test are below:

Task

Times in minutes:seconds

HDD

4GB RAM

HDD

16GB RAM

SSD

4GB RAM

SSD

16GB RAM

Boot up

01:31

01:44

00:56

01:04

Open six applications

19:30

06:30

02:01

01:39

Open Premiere Pro file

03:50

00:59

00:29

00:26

Render 1-minute video clip

04:27

03:20

03:10

03:02

Total time

29:18

12:33

06:35

06:11

The results speak for themselves; to speed up opening files and rendering videos in Premiere Pro, switch to an SSD and increase your computer memory. 

How much RAM you need to install really depends on your system. Use the Crucial® Advisor tool or System Scanner tool to find out what your options are. The size of the SSD will also make a difference for very large video files. Get as much storage as you can afford and consider having a multi-disk system to separate current working files and completed files.


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