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known issues with CUDA 5.0.17 and 5.0.24 driver (including crashes and kernel panics)

We have recently learned of some issues with the new CUDA drivers from Nvidia that cause crashes and kernel panics in some circumstances, including when switching between applications that use the GPU—e.g., when switching from Premiere Pro, to Safari, and then back to Premiere Pro.

Nvidia has summarized these issues and workarounds on their website. (Click the “Additional Information” tab and read the known issues.)

Here is the relevant part from that page on the Nvidia website:

  • There is a known issue in this release where forcing or allowing the system to go to sleep while running CUDA applications on 2012 MacBook Pro models with automatic graphics switching will cause a system crash (kernel panic). You can prevent the computer from automatically going to sleep by setting the Computer Sleep option slider to Never in the Energy Saver pane of the System Preferences.
  • There is a known issue in this release where CUDA applications will not automatically engage the discrete GPU on 2012 MacBook Pro models with automatic graphics switching. To run CUDA applications, it is necessary to uncheck the Automatic Graphics Switching checkbox in the Energy Saver pane of the System Preferences.

Nvidia is, of course, working on fixing these issues. We recommend staying tuned to the Nvidia website for updates.

This bug affects Mountain Lion (Mac OSX v10.8) and Lion (Mac OSX v10.7).

Prelude is now available standalone from

Adobe Prelude™ CS6, software that streamlines ingesting and logging of file-based footage, is now available as a standalone product. Prelude CS6 was introduced in April 2012 as a part of the CS6 Master Collection, CS6 Production Premium and Creative Cloud. The reaction to Prelude has been very positive and many users wanted to purchase Prelude CS6 as a standalone application.

We are pleased to announce that Prelude CS6 is now available as a standalone product from for $399 for a perpetual license.

For more information on Prelude CS6, please visit:
Videos to help you get started with Prelude CS6 can be viewed at
You can download a trial of Prelude CS6 as a part CS6 Production Premium from

free videos from Premiere Pro CS6 for Avid and Final Cut Pro Editors, by video2brain

There are a lot of good resources for editors who are familiar with Final Cut Pro and Avid who want to learn how to use Adobe Premiere Pro.

If you’re looking for video training on this subject, I recommend Maxim Jago’s Premiere Pro CS6 for Avid and Final Cut Pro Editors, from video2brain.

You don’t need to take my word for how good this video series is; the fine folks at video2brain have made some videos available as free samples:

Maxim also recorded a full training course for Premiere Pro CS6, which I recommend for beginning and intermediate users, as well as a shorter introductory series for beginners.

If you’re looking for more materials about making the transition from another NLE to Premiere Pro, then you should definitely check out the resources here.

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