Learn how to use Smart Rendering to save a ton of time in this Premiere Pro CC tutorial!

We’ll talk about a bunch of different codecs and rendering things in an effort to get faster render times from Premiere Pro CC 2019. This technique works in Premiere Pro CC, not older versions.

Smart Rendering Support per Adobe: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/smart-rendering.html

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Tutorial Recording Notes:

Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.

  1. When you export a video from Premiere, the first thing that happens is Premiere will break down your video and apply any effects, color corrections, or transformations of any kind and apply & compress those effects to the video. This is the rendering process.
  2. After the rendering happens, we then must encode the video data that Premiere has produced to a file.
  3. We’re going to use timeline rendering and something called Smart Rendering in Premiere to save a massive amount of time when we have to export and even save massive time if you need to re-export a video with only a minor edit or two.
  4. When exporting, smart rendering can be used for certain formats to create better quality output by avoiding recompression when possible. Smart rendering works only if the source codec, size, frame rate, and bit rate match the export settings.
  5. By using Smart Rendering, we can skip both the rendering and encoding processes when it comes time to export.
  6. We can change the source codec, size, frame rate, and bit rate up in our Sequence settings.
  7. Sadly, there are only a few formats that Premiere plays nice with in terms of the Smart Rendering, we can see which ones by referring to Adobe’s current list of Smart Render supported formats.
  8. Show the Apple Pro Res 422 (HQ) and DNxHR workflows that I use
  9. Also mention the fact that once you’ve rendered your timeline, you can make edits and only that small portion will have to re-render.
  10. Time savings all around, especially on projects where you’re rendering out high-quality versions for a client or you have last moment changes.
  11. Note: Just using Previews and not bothering to change the previews that are built via the Sequence settings and then exporting with the previews will still save some time, but it has the downside of compressing your video twice. Once when the preview is created, once when the export happens.

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