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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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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

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

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