Adobe Premiere PRO CS5 now supports nVidia CUDA hardware acceleration!
In a previous post I wrote about Adobe Premiere CS5 (a great video editing application) supported list of CUDA VGAs. Officialy, they aren’t many.
But there is hope fellow editors, yes there’s still hope…
I found a trick that you can enable your ‘unofficial’ nvidia CUDA card in Premiere CS5 in order to have the mercury hardware acceleration running.
Hack or treat – make your nVidia Cuda enable Mercury Hardware Acceleration in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.
First of all you must write down which nVidia model you have. Use the GPUsniffer.exe (c:\program files\adobe\adobe premiere pro cs5\gpusniffer.exe) and check your card specs. Mine is a GeForce GTX 260 with the latest nvidia drivers already installed (version 197.45). You should have the latest drivers installed on your pc.
Now find the file cuda_supported_cards.txt (on win7 x64 is on the c:\program files\adobe\adobe premiere pro cs5) and add your card’s model name (be careful because it is case sensitive). Save the file and go to step 2
STEP 2. (Optional – Applicable to some VGAs)
Run nVidia control panel and go to 3D settings. Click the Manage 3D settings option and at the Program Settings tab click Add.
Locate Premiere.exe and click it.
Below, at the Multi-Display/Mixed-GPU Acceleration option, click Compatibility Performance Mode and click Apply.
Launch Adobe Premiere CS5 and you are ready to use Mercury Hardware Acceleration. To see the proof click at the Project Settings and you’ll see this option enabled! Now it’s time for you to make videos easy and fast!
Testing the nVidia CUDA vga after enabling Mercury Hardware Acceleration in Premiere Pro CS5.
I run this trick in a GeForce GTX 260 and it worked! In an another PC with a GeForce 9800 GT didn’t work because it has 512Mb RAM and Premiere needs at least 756 Mb, pity! With GTX 260, I edited a one hour feature with many graphic layers and twice as many video layers and it worked REALTIME! I also noticed that the plugin Radial Shadow isn’t hardware accelerated (I use this often) but hey, I have Mercury Hardware Acceleration without spending serious euros for a Quadro. I think this trick is suitable for Geforce series 8 and above (guys give some feedback with your tests). Hope this will help you too. Go and create a video with your hardware accelerated Premiere Pro.
Note: Use this trick at your own risk. Myself and/or this website can not be held responsible for any damage might happen to your hardware and/or software! This is a personal opinion you may find it useful, if so please share this post, thx.
UPDATE @ 3 Sep 2010 10:45 pm GMT+2
If you apply the 5.02 patch will RESET the cuda_supported_cards.txt to default values so YOU NEED TO INSERT YOUR CARD’s NAME AGAIN in order to re-enable Mercury Hardware Acceleration!
UPDATE @ 13 Feb 2013 10:45 am GMT+2
This hack applies to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 as well!
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