How to Make Videos Export Faster in Premiere Pro

Last month, Adobe released a software update for Premiere Pro, arguably the most useful update in the last three years. Video export in H.254 or H.265 now export up to 10x faster. Yep. You heard that right – up to 10x faster. Obviously, there is a catch. The catch is that you have to be using an Nvidia GPU (sorry Mac users) and it has to be relatively new for it to work best. At the time of writing, my system is rocking an RTX 2080 and an i7 9700K; I am getting almost 7x faster export speeds. In this article, I will explain how this works as well as show you the settings to enable in order for you to make sure that you are getting the most out of your GPU. 

How Does It Work?

In past years, Premiere Pro has relied solely on CPU encoding. Don’t get me wrong, Premiere Pro has had CUDA acceleration for a long time, but it really didn’t show too great results on simple video edits. People have spent thousands in getting the latest and greatest graphics cards only to find that Premiere Pro is not using the card’s video encode function. Most of the time it would push your CPU to max clock speeds and cause one of two problems:

  1. Other system functions were affected, and Premiere Pro crashed (very annoying).
  2. The machine overheated and the render was severely thermal throttled.

That being said, in this new Premiere Pro update, video encoding in certain formats takes advantage of Nvidia’s NVENC. What is NVENC you ask, well keep reading to find out. 

What is NVENC?

According to Nvidia’s website, NVENC is a physical section of our GPUs that is dedicated to encoding only. So what does that mean? Well, let’s break it down. Like I mentioned before, in the past, Premiere Pro has relied mostly on CPU for video encode. With this new update, they tap into Nvidia’s hardware encoding features that utilize GPU power as well ad much less CPU power to deliver renders up to 10x faster. In my tests, rendering the same file, with and without NVENC the NVENC one was just shy of 10.3x faster than CPU only. 

How do I enable it? 

It is very simple to enable NVENC. Chances are that if you have one of the supported graphics cards, it has already been enabled. If not, follow the super quick guide below to enable it:

  1. Open Up Premiere Pro and navigate to the timeline you want to export.
  2. Click on your timeline and hit Ctrl+M to open up the export panel
  3. Navigate to the Video panel and scroll down to Encoding Settings
  4. Make sure that Performance is set to Hardware.

That’s it! Your set up with faster render times. Happy Editing!

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