Understand the GPU and GPU driver requirements for Premiere Pro for the October 2018 and later releases of Premiere Pro (version 13.0 and later)

After upgrading to Premiere Pro version 13.0, there may be driver issues, and you may need to upgrade your driver.

Some of the driver issues that you could face are:

  • Green, pink, or purple streaks in Premiere Rush and Premiere Pro after importing a file or in the  exported file. For more information on fixing this error, see Green and pink video in Premiere Pro CC 13.0 or Premiere Rush CC 1.0.
  • Error message saying Adobe Premiere Pro could not find any capable video play modules. Please update your video display drivers and start again. This error occurs if the GPU drivers are obsolete. 
  • Premiere Pro crashing when you launch it

This article explains what’s needed for using CUDA, Intel, and Apple Metal graphics with the 2019 versions of Premiere Pro (13.0 and higher).

Nvidia CUDA graphics acceleration requirements

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, you must have CUDA 9.2 drivers from NVIDIA installed on your system before upgrading to Premiere Pro versions 13.0 and later.

Updating Nvidia Drivers on Windows

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

These drivers are updated regularly so check the NVIDA website to be sure you have the most current version for your GPU.

You can find the latest GeForce series GPUs or Quadro Series cards here:

Updating display driver and CUDA 9.2 driver for MacOS

Here are the requirements for running CUDA 9.2 on macOS: 

  • Requires macOS 10.13.6 (most recent version of High Sierra).
  • A current NVIDIA GPU with at least 4 GB of memory.
  • NVIDIA display driver version 387.


Mac0S 10.14 (Mojave) does not currently support CUDA.

Make sure you 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.

That holds true for the latest releases as well. However to realize the performance benefits of Apple’s Metal graphics acceleration, the 2019 version of Premiere Pro needs to run on either macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or the recently launched 10.14 (Mojave).

You can still run Premiere Pro on macOS 10.12 using OpenCL graphics acceleration, but Metal provides 15-20 percent faster rendering and Adobe recommends it for optimum performance.

Intel GPU driver update requirements

The 2019 version of Premiere Pro (version 13.0 and later) requires the latest versions of the Intel graphics drivers.


Windows users with hardware that contain multiple GPUs should navigate directly to the Intel Website and download the latest Intel GPU driver.

Download the latest Intel GPU drivers directly from the Intel website: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/80939/Graphics-Drivers.

Windows DCH Drivers for Intel® Graphics requirements

If you are using the Windows DCH Drivers, keep the following points in mind while upgrading your driver:

  • The latest driver does not install unless you uninstall the older drivers from Device Manager. 
  • You cannot revert to the older drivers if you run into problems with a specific driver version. 

For more information, see:

How Premiere Pro works with dual GPU systems

If you are using a system with dual GPUs, then:

  1. Premiere Pro with Open CL: Premiere Pro first checks for the Intel/AMD driver.
  2. Premiere Pro with CUDA: Premiere Pro first checks for the Nvidia driver.


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