Important Information on GPU and GPU Driver Requirements

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Important Information on GPU and GPU Driver Requirements
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Running advanced video apps like Premiere Pro requires that the correct drivers are installed on your system. This article explains what’s needed for using CUDA, Intel, and Apple Metal graphics with the latest versions of Adobe video and audio tools, including the 2019 versions of Premiere Pro (13.0 and higher), After Effects (16.0 and higher), Premiere Rush (1.0 and higher), Media Encoder (13.0 and higher), and Character Animator (2.0 and higher).

NVIDIA CUDA graphics acceleration requires CUDA 9.2 drivers

CUDA is not a requirement for running the Adobe video apps, but if you prefer CUDA graphics acceleration, please ensure that you have CUDA 9.2 drivers from NVIDIA installed on your system before upgrading to the 2019 versions of the Adobe video apps.

Updating NVIDIA drivers on Windows 10

GeForce series GPUs

You can run the Premiere Pro 13.0 with current NVIDIA GeForce GPUs that have at least 4GB of memory.

Ensure you have the latest drivers for your GeForce GPU. As of this writing the latest version is 417.22. These drivers are updated frequently so please check the NVIDA website to be sure you have the most current version for your GPU.

Quadro Series cards

As of this writing, the latest Quadro driver is version  411.95.

Again, check the NVIDIA website to ensure you’re running the latest and greatest driver for your specific hardware.

Updating display driver and CUDA 9.2 driver for MacOS

The requirements for CUDA 9.2 on macOS are more specific:

  • You need to be running macOS 10.13.6 (most recent version of High Sierra).
  • mac0S 10.14 (Mojave) does not currently support CUDA
  • current NVIDIA GPUwith at least 4 GB of memory.
  • NVIDIA display driver version 387.

Please update the display driver before you install the CUDA driver:

Intel GPU driver update requirements

Premiere Pro 13.0 and the other Adobe video apps require the latest versions of the Intel graphics drivers.

Download the latest Intel GPU drivers directly from the Intel website:

Reminder: Apple Metal requires macOS 10.13 or higher

In order to give our users flexibility with updating their systems, we support those versions of Windows and macOS which are still actively supported by Microsoft and Apple. For macOS, that typically means the three most recent versions.

That holds true for the latest releases with one important caveat: to realize the performance benefits of Apple’s Metal graphics acceleration, the 2019 versions of the Adobe video apps need to run on either macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or the recently launched 10.14 (Mojave).

You can still run our apps on macOS 10.12 using OpenCL graphics acceleration, but Metal provides 15-20 percent faster rendering and we therefore recommend it for optimum performance.

Reminder: Changes to NVIDIA GPU support

The latest releases of the Adobe video apps support Kepler, Maxwell, and Pascal series GPUs from NVIDIA.

NVIDIA is discontinuing support for the Fermi GPU series this year. You can see the full list of discontinued Fermi GeForce cards here, and information about Fermi Quadro cards here.

Reminder: Changes to Windows and macOS support

In August 2018, we provided advance notice about changes to our OS support. The latest versions of Adobe video and audio tools will require Windows 10 (version 1703 or higher) or macOS 10.12 (or higher) to run. This applies to the 2019 releases of Adobe Media EncoderAfter EffectsAuditionCharacter AnimatorPrelude, and Premiere Pro.

As noted above, to take advantage of Metal graphics acceleration, use macOS 10.13 (or higher).

Learn more about the latest releases of the Adobe video and audio apps. For more information on GPU requirements for Premiere Pro, visit the Premiere Pro Help pages.

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