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Diving into NVIDIA GPU’s and what they mean for Premiere Pro

Trying to quantify the GPU in a Premiere Pro…For the editing and pro community, it is a big deal.  It is something that I’ve wanted to do for some time, but I had no idea how complicated and time consuming this would be!

I went into this endeavor thinking that I would clearly delineate between different Quadro level cards and along the way understand what each one offered in the way of performance.  I was methodical in setting up my system and in trying to create real-world tests that would emphasize what the GPU brought to the table.

While I did learn a lot (which I will pass on to you in due course), the experience and tests in some cases were not always as clear-cut as I had expected.

Without apology, this article is long – a necessary result in trying to present my findings.  Bookmark the link, copy the text or download this PDF if you wish to read at your leisure and refer back to.

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Premiere Pro on a Mac – what is the truth?

Premiere Pro CS5 has been a successful release by any measure and many people have come to know about the Mercury Playback Engine.  What’s been less clear is what the MPE really is and what it means for users of both Mac and PC.

So to begin, it makes sense to start with defining what MPE is.  It is NOT(!) just about hardware GPU acceleration.

The Mercury Playback Engine is three discrete components:

  • 64-bit native application – as opposed to 32-bit like most applications
  • 64-bit memory addressing – use more RAM
  • GPU hardware acceleration for effects – ‘go faster juice’ for your system

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Adobe Beginner Classes Episodes #39-44 are live

I’ve started a couple of ‘sub-series’ in this group: Premiere Pro Basics and Photoshop Basics.  I’ve found that many people are still just getting started and are at a lost for where to get some foundational knowledge.  Hopefully, some of these episodes will help.

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Great Webinar video from a prominent FCP user

Lets get the basics out of the way…

  • I’m passionate about Adobe
  • I’ve been thought of as peddling Adobe on FCP forums
  • I tend to be very effusive and positive about things I like

That being said, I have to say that I’m REALLY psyched about this recent webinar by Chris Fenwick

Chris is totally honest about the good, the bad and the ugly.  He’s very thoughtful and experienced and he’s in the process of switching to Premiere Pro CS5 right now.  That’s intriguing in itself and he’s documenting it via his website.

The bottom line is that this guy is passionate like me but he doesn’t work for Adobe! Therefore, I hope, think and believe that he has some credibility where I might not.

The webinar may have a few hiccups in the beginning with audio, but stick it out and it’s a great 50 minutes.  Chris is an excellent presenter and he speaks candidly to FCP users and outlines what he likes and why about Premiere Pro.

So, check out the link below and navigate to Day 1 which is recorded.  Day 2-4 will also be there as they happen.

Chris Fenwick Webinar

Production Premium workshop in Boston 11/15

If you’re in the Boston area and interested in learning more about Production Premium CS5 as well as one of the best professional videography associations around, then you’ll want to visit Monday night’s NPVA meeting this coming Monday.

I’ll be doing an overview of CS5 for the assembled people and taking questions.  I love doing these kinds of things because I can be there to help people get answers to the questions that are really important to them.  So, if that’s you, I hope you’ll stop on by.  The details are on the link below.

NPVA.org

HDSLR event tomorrow at B&H

If you’re interested in learning about DSLR workflows, be sure to visit B&H tomorrow to participate in my seminar/class on DSLR work with Adobe Production Premium CS5.

In addition to showing how Premiere Pro and other Adobe applications, my goal is to bring some of the accessories that go with DSLR cameras.  I’ll be bringing some rigs for mounting the cameras and talking about what I’ve used and liked.

Register for the event here

I look forward to seeing you there!

Webinars for Final Cut Editors

There have been a lot of FCP editors that have started looking seriously at Premiere Pro and Production Premium as a greater part of their workflow.  The performance of Premiere Pro, it’s 64-bit native application, GPU goodness and more have turned some heads.

If you’re one of those people who have been curious about what all the ‘hub-bub’ is about from a FCP perspective, then these webinars are for you!  Read on for the details and line up from industry experts!

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Adobe Beginner Classes Episode #38 is live!

This one is another one of those catch up kinds of episodes – something I had developed some time ago for a seminar or what not and didn’t have time to record until recently. This is a great tutorial for getting a grip on the basics of After Effects.

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Quick post – Some great nerdy info on GPU and scaling

Todd Kopriva has posted an article on some of the other benefits of using a CUDA enabled GPU card with Premiere Pro CS5. As he points out, a lot of people equate CUDA to FAST, FASTER, FASTEST and the Mercury Playback Engine as the GPU. Neither of these are necessarily or exclusively true.

In Todd’s article, he outlines why GPU can make video better and sometimes faster as well. It’s definitely worth the read and I hope you’ll follow the link.

Details about scaling in Premiere Pro

Adobe Beginner Class #36 is live on Adobe TV!

(UPDATE – The episode is temporarily in limbo as i return from vacation and the Adobe TV team is presumably at Adobe MAX. I’ll get it back up on Adobe TV soon. Until then, check it out on Vimeo!)

This episode is about animating a still, a classic, timeless look. With CS5, we have some new tools that make this work much easier than in times past. To that end, I developed a tutorial in two parts to cover it.

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