Speed Up Premiere Exports: Easier Than You Think

Figuring out how to Speed up Premiere Exports is very important to your workflow. Who says that you have to have an export that lasts six hours over a video that is only 4 minutes to begin with? Exporting has always been my BIGGEST frustration when working with video. It’s really hard to meet deadlines when you’re fighting Premiere. Hopefully this article will help you speed up your export times! Here’s what I do personally: (this may or may not work for you considering that everybody has different needs:

1: Stop Blaming Your Computer

Having a great GPU, crazy amounts of RAM, or a computer that will send you directly to the calming sands of Pluto is great and all, but it may not really be the primary reason that you’re having issues.

2: Stop Shooting in 4k and Down-Converting

It’s a popular practice to shoot in a higher resolution only to downsize in your session later. This is smart in theory (more information the better!). However, Media Encoder & Premiere have to work twice as hard to downsize these clips. Now factor in your color grading, unsharp mask, and other heavy effects and you’ll be bringing in the next New Year from your desk. If you KNOW your job is going to be rendered in 1920×1080 or another specific resolution, shoot at that. You’ll save space on hard drives too.

3: Down-Convert BEFORE You Edit

Only to contradict my previous statement, sometimes you may need this footage for BROLL at a later time or different project. Maybe you just want to shoot higher and keep it squirreled away for “just in case” reasons. You CAN do this! Just create a down-sizing preset in Media Encoder and use that version in your project. It’s not a matter of large files being too much for you to handle, it’s all about creating a bottlenecked export due to having to combine exporting along with down conversion.

4: Optimize Graphics To Your Project

Having the option to downsize a logo or graphic directly from your project is amazing! However, it’s a computer hog. Your bottlenecking your speeds again by doing this. Just drop into Photoshop and change it there. You’ll have a much smoother project in the end-run.

5: Get a RAID Array (Raid 0)

For those unfamiliar with the wonderful beauty of RAID 0, it’s simply a series of HDDs or SSDs that create a single drive in the name of speed. Without getting too technical, RAID 0 distributes your data across the two drives in small “chunks” allowing everything to be ran fast. Be warned though, if and when you have a disk fail that is setup with RAID 0, you will loose roughly 50% of that data. BACKUP YOUR STUFF BRO!

6: Solid State Drive For Previews

Although it’s a better idea to have SSDs for every aspect of life, they’re expensive. Send all of your preview files, caches, and exports to this drive to save some time. Another route that would work great is to store all of your footage for the current project on an SSD too. No spinning parts always calls for a party!

Obviously, everyone has different needs and there’s always another way to accomplish the same goal. These are the tricks that work for me!

Time To Speed Up Premiere Exports

Knowledge is power, right? Now take this as an every day practice to your workflow and I promise you will speed those exports up and avoid pulling all of your hair out.

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