Setting up your Nvidia graphics card to work with Premiere Pro 

When it comes to graphics cards, it's hard to beat the quality and speed that comes with a Nvidia or AMD graphics card. However, there are a few complications with installing such a complicated graphics card and getting it to work with Premiere Pro. 


However, after reading this step by step webpage, you should be all set and running with super smooth editing and hyper-fast rendering rates. 



Whether you pick the GTX 1080, 1070, or 1060, hardware installation is pretty self-explanatory. Simply remove your computer front panel, remove your current graphics card, and put the new one in.


-GTX 1060s, 1070, and 1080s take up two of the removable metal plates at the back of your PC (Expansion slots). The front of the graphics card (the one with the ports) will be split in half by the partition between the expansion slots, don't panic, it's supposed to happen. Don't bust out your Dremel once you see that the graphics card won't fit in one. (See image below)

-If it doesn't fit, there's a reason. Don't force it in, or try to twist it in. Be patient, and check if the terminals at the bottom of the card is lined up with the PCI express slots. Oh yeah, make sure you've got the right PCI slot, use the image below as a reference

-Try installing your graphics card when your computer is vertical, as in the usual orientation of your computer when it is up and running. In other words, don't flip your computer to the orientation that makes the motherboard parallel to the ground, but instead perpendicular. it is easier that way, but make sure to support the weight of your graphics card with a hand to avoid any risk of the graphics card ripping out the PCI port. That would be bad. 

-Don't forget the power connector on top of the graphics card. Maybe your previous one didn't need a separate power line, but the GTX 10xs do need a power connector

-If when you turn on your computer, and you hear anything other than a single beep coming from the motherboard, something is wrong. Don't panic, it probably is just you either didn't install the power connector, or the connection between the motherboard and the graphics card isn't perfect. Just reseat the card, and try again. If this problem persists, consult a bios menu and/or contact your graphics card supplier.

Software Installation 

First, change your screen resolution back to where it was by going to resolution settings by typing "Change the Screen Resolution" into the windows search bar, and then changing it back to where it was.

Then, pop in your included software disk and follow the instructions on screen. The disk should look a bit like the image below. Note: you might want to verify that this disk contains the most updated drivers. If not, download their latest from the company's website.

After installing, your drivers and application, there should be a shortcut on your desktop (if you specified) and it will look like the image below. From here, if you simply installed using your disk, you are going to follow their upgrade instructions.

Making it work with Premiere

It should be smooth sailing, but there are a few things you might want to do if you encounter errors. Quick lesson: Nvidia uses CUDA technology, AMD uses OpenCL, and all you will need to know is that everything we do henceforth has to do the with the CUDA protocol, and not AMD. Although you could have followed the instructions up to the hardware installation with an OpenCL GPU, now is the time to go look for a different tutorial, because what you do with a GTX card won't work with an AMD card (OpenCL). 

I will teach you how to get GPU support for the GTX 10-- versions including the 1060, 1070, and 1080. 

Step 1: Open up Premiere Pro

Step 2: Got to File -> Project Settings -> General

Step 3: Click on it, and then look at the menu pop-up that is now visible. If the choice under "Video Rendering and Playback" is greyed out (Left image below), and says "Mercury Playback Engine Only", then keep on reading. If it isn't greyed out (right image below), then click under the drop-down tab, select "Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA)", click OK, and YOU'RE GOOD TO GO!! However, there can be some cases where you can't enable GPU acceleration. If this is the case, then read on.

Step 4: Create a new text file on your desktop by right clicking, then selecting new -> text document. 

Very important: NAME IT "cuda_supported_cards" (just copy and paste it from here to make sure you don't mess up)

Step 5: Open up the file you created using notepad, or wordpad, or notepad ++. 

Type in: Geforce SINGLE SPACE GTX SINGLE SPACE then your card model number (1060,1070,1080)

Here are a few copy paste examples, but after copying and pasting, make sure that there is indeed only a single space between the words:

Geforce GTX 1060

Geforce GTX 1070

Geforce GTX 1080

Step 6: Go to This PC ->OS(C:) -> Program Files -> Adobe -> Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 (Filename may be different for different year users, so just click the one that says "premiere pro" on it). 

Step 7: Simply drag your text file from the desktop into this directory. 

Step 8: Restart Premiere Pro and go to File -> Project Settings -> General. Select "Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA)", and watch your editing go butter-smooth!

Explanation: the reason why the GPU accelerated rendering and playback makes your editing very smooth is because without it, the CPU has to run the jobs that the GPU would normally do, and without the thousand or so cores that the GPU has, the CPU is horribly inefficient at doing so. Thus, even moving around a graphic takes ages to do.

If this doesn't work: 

-Make sure that you restarted Premiere

-Make sure you have the most updated GPU driver installed

-Restart your computer

Have fun editing!!

Hardware Installation 

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