Itâ€™s no secret that Premiere can be a computer hog. Weâ€™re all pretty aware of that. You spend twice as long trying to watch thirty second clip and even then itâ€™s shaky and your dropping frames left and right. It really makes editing frustrating. Learning to pre-render for smoother playback in Premiere is the key out of this frustration.
When I discovered the pre-rendering features in Premiere, it changed my life. A little disclaimer though, you will still have to deal with some rendering times before you can actually watch the project.Â
First letâ€™s start with a few details.Â
When should I pre-render?
If you look above your timeline you will see one of the following colored lines: green, yellow, or red.
Green means the clip is rendered and will play in real-time. This usually shows up after a pre-render.Â
Yellow means that clip will play back in real-time but will likely drop frames but it likely drop frames. Pre-rendering is often but not always needed.Â
Red indicates a clip that is too much for your system to handle. This is most likely due to effects like Warp Stabilizer, Optical Flow, or heavy color grading. A pre-render is a must in order to watch these clips back properly. Just beware that any changes you make will likely cause you to require another pre-render.Â
How Do I Pre-Render?
To Pre-Render you simply select the sequence tab and select the option that you feel works best for your situation. I personally like to use the render in/out feature. You can speed this process up by storing your preview files/scratch disk on an external SSD. This is a vital step to achieving a smoother playback in Premiere.
Learning to pre-render for smoother playback in premiere is a massive time saver and a creative pain-reliever. We couldnâ€™t work without it.Â