You can now export videos 10x faster in Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe just announced that Premiere Pro users will now be able to export videos up to 10 times faster than before after updating to Premiere Pro 22.4.0. While the improvements won’t benefit all users, they offer significant improvements if you’re using a supported system.

In a blog post detailing the updates coming to Premiere Pro in May, Adobe explained that the changes affect Apple users whose Macs are powered by M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chips, as well as Windows PCs equipped with AMD graphics cards. The changes specifically affect 10-bit 4:2:0 HEVC recordings.

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Huge reductions in rendering time are due to improved use of hardware encoding (as opposed to software encoding). This appears to be partly due to the “media engine” in Apple’s M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips, which is specifically designed to boost video processing performance. Adobe says the M1 chip will have to rely on software encoding, suggesting that Apple’s chips’ more advanced media drives could be the key to their better performance.

The biggest benefits seem to be on MacOS, although rendering times on Windows are still significantly faster than before. Adobe has provided several examples that illustrate the phenomenal speed increase on MacOS. In the first, composite UHD video that took six minutes and 43 seconds to export using the previous version of Premiere Pro 22.3.0 took just 55 seconds in the 22.4.0 update. In another, a complex HD video that had previously exported in three minutes and seven seconds took just 12 seconds to complete.

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Improvements on Windows and MacOS

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If you’re a Windows user, you don’t have to miss a thing — provided you have an AMD graphics card. Adobe gave an example of a computer equipped with a Team Red GPU, where the export time for a complex UHD video dropped from two minutes and five seconds to just 33 seconds. Composite HD video similarly dropped from one minute and four seconds to a minuscule nine seconds.

Note that you will need an AMD RX 5000, RX 6000, W5000 or W6000 series graphics card to see these improvements. You will also need to use driver 21.10.1 or later. You can see all the requirements in Adobe’s blog post.

Adobe’s numbers are impressive. While there is a fairly specific set of scaling requirements, any performance boost will be appreciated. This is welcome news for you if you are exporting a large number of videos and are tired of waiting for the process to complete.

Whether you’re using MacOS or Windows, you can enable hardware encoding by opening it Premiere Pro and clicking on Format falling below Export settings. Then click on Video tab and go to Encoding settings. Secure from here Performance field is set to Hardware coding.

In addition to reducing render times, the latest update to Premiere Pro brings a number of other changes. Now you can export GIFs with transparency, distribute objects in titles and graphics in new ways, create proxies of HDR content, and more.

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