GPU accelerated rendering

Learn about GPU accelerated effects and transitions in PRE, 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) in order to facilitate the playback of the average timeline in realtime at high quality. You can playback GPU accelerated effects and tranistions 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 reduce the export time taken by PRE.


GPU acceleration feature is not supported in the trial version of the application. This feature is only available if you have purchased the application and have the recommended GPU card on your machine. Please re-launch the application after activation.

List of GPU Accelerated Effects supported by PRE

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 PRE

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 identifid with a () icon.

Identify if GPU accelerated rendering is enabled for your project

To check if your current project has GPU accelerated rendering enabled, open Project Settings > General and look at the bottom of the dialog box.

If GPU accelerated rendering is enabled, it will be mentioned as shown below

Switch GPU accelerated rendering on and off

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

The Preferences> General dialog box

Recommended graphics cards



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) HD Graphics 620
  • Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Intel(R) Iris(R) Plus Graphics
  • Intel(R) Iris(R) Xe 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
  •  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



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

  • 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
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 PRE 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 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 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 part of 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 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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