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GPU accelerated rendering

  1. Adobe Premiere Elements User Guide
  2. Introduction to Adobe Premiere Elements
    1. What's new in Premiere Elements
    2. System requirements | Adobe Premiere Elements
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Guided mode
    5. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    6. GPU accelerated rendering
  3. Workspace and workflow
    1. Get to know the Home screen
    2. View and share auto-created collages, slideshows, and more
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Preferences
    5. Tools
    6. Keyboard shortcuts
    7. Audio View
    8. Undoing changes
    9. Customizing shortcuts
    10. Working with scratch disks
  4. Working with projects
    1. Creating a project
    2. Adjust project settings and presets
    3. Save and back up projects
    4. Previewing movies
    5. Creating video collage
    6. Creating Highlight Reel
    7. Create a video story
    8. Creating Instant Movies
    9. Viewing clip properties
    10. Viewing a project's files
    11. Archiving projects
    12. GPU accelerated rendering
  5. Importing and adding media
    1. Add media
    2. Guidelines for adding files
    3. Set duration for imported still images
    4. 5.1 audio import
    5. Working with offline files
    6. Sharing files between Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements
    7. Creating specialty clips
    8. Work with aspect ratios and field options
  6. Arranging clips
    1. Arrange clips in the Expert view timeline
    2. Group, link, and disable clips
    3. Arranging clips in the Quick view timeline
    4. Working with clip and timeline markers
  7. Editing clips
    1. Reduce noise
    2. Select object
    3. Candid Moments
    4. Color Match
    5. Smart Trim
    6. Change clip speed and duration
    7. Split clips
    8. Freeze and hold frames
    9. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Color - Guided Edit
    10. Stabilize video footage with Shake Stabilizer
    11. Replace footage
    12. Working with source clips
    13. Trimming Unwanted Frames - Guided Edit
    14. Trim clips
    15. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    16. Artistic effects
  8. Applying transitions
    1. Applying transitions to clips
    2. Transition basics
    3. Adjusting transitions
    4. Adding Transitions between video clips - Guided Edit
    5. Create special transitions
    6. Create a Luma Fade Transition effect - Guided Edit
  9. Special effects basics
    1. Effects reference
    2. Applying and removing effects
    3. Create a black and white video with a color pop - Guided Edit
    4. Time remapping - Guided edit
    5. Effects basics
    6. Working with effect presets
    7. Finding and organizing effects
    8. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    9. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    10. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    11. Best practices to create a time-lapse video
  10. Applying special effects
    1. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    2. Transparency and superimposing
    3. Reposition, scale, or rotate clips with the Motion effect
    4. Apply an Effects Mask to your video
    5. Adjust temperature and tint
    6. Create a Glass Pane effect - Guided Edit
    7. Create a picture-in-picture overlay
    8. Applying effects using Adjustment layers
    9. Adding Title to your movie
    10. Removing haze
    11. Creating a Picture in Picture - Guided Edit
    12. Create a Vignetting effect
    13. Add a Split Tone Effect
    14. Add FilmLooks effects
    15. Add an HSL Tuner effect
    16. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    17. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    18. Animated Sky - Guided edit
    19. Select object
    20. Animated Mattes - Guided Edit
    21. Double exposure- Guided Edit
  11. Special audio effects
    1. Mix audio and adjust volume with Adobe Premiere Elements
    2. Audio effects
    3. Adding sound effects to a video
    4. Adding music to video clips
    5. Create narrations
    6. Using soundtracks
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    8. Adding Narration to your movie - Guided Edit
    9. Adding Scores to your movie - Guided edit
  12. Movie titles
    1. Creating titles
    2. Adding shapes and images to titles
    3. Adding color and shadows to titles
    4. Editing and formatting text
    5. Motion Titles
    6. Exporting and importing titles
    7. Arranging objects in titles
    8. Designing titles for TV
    9. Applying styles to text and graphics
    10. Adding a video in the title
  13. Disc menus
    1. Creating disc menus
    2. Working with menu markers
    3. Types of discs and menu options
    4. Previewing menus
  14. Sharing and exporting your movies
    1. Export and share your videos
    2. Sharing for PC playback
    3. Compression and data-rate basics
    4. Common settings for sharing

Learn about GPU-accelerated effects and transitions in Adobe Premiere Elements, how to apply them, and the prerequisites.

What is GPU acceleration?

GPU-accelerated computing is the employment of a graphics processing unit (GPU) along with a computer processing unit (CPU). It facilitates the playback of the average timeline in real time at high quality. You can playback GPU-accelerated effects and transitions in real time without rendering them. Playback in real time without rendering is also possible in case the media added to the timeline does not match the project settings. This feature also accelerates the encoding pipeline and thus reduces the export time taken by Premiere Elements.

GPU acceleration


GPU acceleration feature isn't supported in the trial version of the application. This feature is only available if you've purchased the application and have the recommended GPU card on your machine. Relaunch the application after activation.

List of GPU Accelerated Effects supported by Premiere Elements

For these effects, playback would be in real time and doesn't require rendering.

  • Motion (Scaling, rotation, translation)
  • Vertical Flip
  • Sharpen
  • Gaussian Blur
  • Edge Feather
  • Color Pass
  • Lens distortion
  • Opacity
  • Noise
  • Eight Point Garbage (Windows only)
  • Color Replace
  • Ultra Key
  • Track Matte
  • Image Control
  • Four Point Garbage (Windows only)
  • Mosaic
  • Black & White
  • Find Edges
  • Invert
  • Tint
  • Ramp
  • Fast Blur
  • Extract
  • Horizontal Flip
  • Sixteen Point Garbage (Windows only)
  • Crop
  • Alpha adjust

List of GPU Accelerated Transitions supported by Premiere Elements

For these transitions, playback would be in real time and doesn't require rendering.

  • Additive Dissolve
  • Cross Dissolve
  • Dip to Black
  • Dip to White
  • Film Dissolve
  • Push
  • Slide
  • Wipe

Identify GPU accelerated effects and transitions

GPU accelerated effects and transitions can be identified with a () icon.

Effects & Transitions

Identify if GPU accelerated rendering is enabled for your project

Open Project Settings > General and view at the bottom of the dialog box to check if your current project has GPU-accelerated rendering enabled.

Project Settings
If GPU accelerated rendering is enabled, it will be mentioned as shown above.

When you use GPU-accelerated effects and transitions, a yellow render line will appear. The yellow render line indicates that playback will play by rendering each frame just before the CTI reaches it and playback at full quality might be in real time.

Switch GPU accelerated rendering on and off

Select Preferences > General and use the check box highlighted in the image below to switch GPU-accelerated rendering on or off.

The Preferences> General dialog box

GPU driver requirements for Premiere Elements 2023 release

Premiere Elements 2023 onwards, the application supports all GPUs. The requirements for different GPU manufacturers are given below. 

NVIDIA CUDA graphics acceleration requirements for macOS and Windows 

NVIDIA CUDA graphics acceleration requires CUDA 10.1 or newer drivers.

CUDA isn't a requirement for running the Adobe video apps, but if you prefer CUDA graphics acceleration, you must have CUDA 10.1 or newer drivers from NVIDIA installed on your system before upgrading to Premiere Elements 2023. 

Updating NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 

You can run Premiere Elements with the latest GeForce series GPUs or Quadro Series cards. 

These drivers are updated regularly, it's recommended to check the NVIDIA website to be sure you have the most current version for your GPU. 

You can find the latest GPU drivers here:

Updating display driver and CUDA 10.1 driver for macOS 

Requirements for running CUDA 10.1 on macOS:  

  • Requires macOS 11.0 or newer.
  • An NVIDIA GPU with a minimum 4 GB of memory. 
  • NVIDIA display driver version 387. or newer.

Update the device driver before you install the CUDA driver. You can update the device driver from the following locations: 

Apple Metal GPU acceleration 

Adobe supports those versions of Windows and macOS that are still actively supported by Microsoft and Apple. For macOS, that typically means the three most recent versions. 

Intel GPU driver update requirements 

Premiere Elements 2023 require a recent version of the Intel graphics driver. Your Intel driver version must be version or newer to avoid any stability and performance issues. 


100.8476 refers to the last two places of the complete version of the Intel driver (i.e. 

Adobe recommends that you try to obtain a compatible driver from your PC manufacturer.  If a compatible version is not available, Intel makes a generic version available on its website


If your driver is older than 100.6286 and your PC manufacturer does not provide a compatible version, it is recommended that you do not install a version later than 100.6286 from the Intel site.  Driver version 100.6444 is a Windows DCH driver which does not install cleanly on top of older, legacy drivers. 

Adobe highly recommends making a backup of your system, first.  If you have difficulty installing the driver, check the following website:



GPU Acceleration feature will be supported only by the graphic cards mentioned below on Windows.

  • Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630
  • Intel (R) HD Graphics 630
  • Intel(R) UHD Graphics 620
  • Intel(R) HD Graphics 620
  • Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620 
  • Intel(R) Iris(R) Plus Graphics
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100
  • AMD Radeon(TM) Vega 8 Graphics
  • NVIDIA Quadro P620
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
  • NVIDIA GeForce 930M
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 730
  • AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
  • Intel(R) UHD Graphics
  • Intel(R) Iris(R) Xe Graphics
  • Intel(R) Iris(R) Xe MAX Graphics
  • Intel(R) UHD Graphics 730


  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX 250
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
  • NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti    
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER



All graphics cards are supported for GPU acceleration on macOS. Below is the list of recommended cards.

  • Apple M2
  • Apple M1
  • Apple M1 Pro
  • Apple M1 Max
  • Intel (R) HD Graphics 630
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 1536 MB
  • AMD Radeon Pro 560x compute engine
  • AMD Radeon Pro 555 Computer Engine
  • AMD Radeon RX 550
  • AMD Radeon Vega 8
Preferences II
If your system supports GPU accelerated rendering, Preferences > General will show the string Supported GPU along with the Graphics Processor which will be used by Premiere Elements for this feature.

Unsupported graphics cards

If Adobe Premiere Elements application indicates that your GPU card does not support accelerated rendering, please ensure you use the recommended cards. See Recommended graphic cards.

Unsupported Graphic Card
Unsupported GPU cards are indicated under Preferences > General

Premiere Elements Beta Tester Program

We encourage you to participate in Adobe Premiere Elements Beta Tester Program for the GPU acceleration feature. Your participation in this Program is governed by the Adobe Pre Release Agreement and you must view and accept them to proceed. 
Click on this form to be a part of the Adobe Premiere Elements Beta Tester Program.

Incompatible graphics cards

On Windows, GPU Accelerated Rendering feature has compatibility issue with below mentioned Graphics card’s driver version.

  • Driver version: (GPU: Intel(R) HD graphics 530)
  • Driver version: (GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730)
  • Driver version: (GPU: Intel(R) HD graphics 530)
  • Driver version: (GPU: Intel(R) HD graphics 530)

Please update your Graphics card’s driver version for best results.

Incompatible Graphic Card
Incompatible GPU cards are indicated under Preferences > General

Troubleshoot GPU-related issues

For the list of known issues related to GPU and their workaround, see Troubleshoot GPU related issues.


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