Small laptop performance tips in Adobe Premiere Pro

July 12, 2019

[Applause] already get a lot of questions about performance and Premiere Pro and it's usually from somebody with a lower powered laptop so I wanted to show you the minimum set up I have my wife's MacBook Air that I borrowed here and the equivalent over here would be something like the Lenovo yoga which is they're both SSD drives they're both small to both underpowered systems but they can still do a good job the first place to look that you can make a difference is disc speed and I can just tell by the questions that I get that people are using the drive inside the computer the main drive Macintosh HD over here or the C drive over there and even worse the desktop to throw everything on that's the worst place to go if you get an inexpensive drive and we're actually I'm going to show you what we're connected to here this thing has had the heck beat out of it this is just a cheap 15 dollar case with an SSD in it I'm just I happen to have an extra 160 gigabyte SSD hanging around so it's definitely not the biggest but you know what it makes sense for just putting your work files on so it can be that your performance drive you move your editing files over there you do your editing and then move them off and archive them somewhere else you don't necessarily have to have giant fast Bink here's the next thing that's important is a lot of people will will think that these Western Digital Ultra passport drives are useful and they're attractive they're big you can get these in one and two terabytes really really cheap the problem is they're usually slow the cheaper ones are 5400 rpm 5400 rpm is only good for archiving your finished your job you move it onto that external 2 terabyte backup it can't be used as your regular drive most of these inexpensive laptops that are out there are all 5400 in fact even some of the pro drives that actually have a sec drive a lot of them are big but again they're they're 5,400 you need 7200 rpm and there's a really good tool to test this disk speed test by Blackmagic Design I'll put a link in the description it's actually an app on the Mac that you can download and you'd have to install the whole Blackmagic thing on Windows but it's the same application you basically pick the drive you pick the target drive to test so I'm going to test the SSD media drive that I've got here and click start test it'll show you the read and write speed so right now it's telling you the right speed is around 100 mega bytes per second and the read speed is 245 mega bytes per seconds these are not in bits so we can stop the test now you can see down at the bottom where it's showing you what you could run on here how fast this is alright so that's great now when you try this on a big old 45 5400 rpm Drive you'll find that it's it's going to just be a dog and it won't give you if it's really slow you won't get any of those green checkmarks okay the next part that that you probably don't have control over is Ram so disk speed ramp that's the second one and Premiere Pro likes to have a lot of ramp and you know there is a limited amount of RAM in this there's only four gigabytes of memory in this MacBook Air which isn't a heck of a lot so this is the early 2015 13 inch 1.6 Intel Core i5 my yoga over here actually has a core i7 it's a little bit older of a machine but it does have a core i7 so it's going to do a lot more ok so right after disk speed is CPU the CPU is used for any type of calculations that is not GPU accelerated we'll get to GPU in a second so it has to be used especially for compressed video so if you're shooting on a DSLR which this one over here is a DSLR that's my Canon 5d Mark 3 that has a lot of compression my Blackmagic Cinema I'm recording on ProRes which are bigger files but less compressed and those bigger files are actually easier to play on the macbook air then the the 5d that being said let's look over here what i've got on the timeline and i want to show you that you can turn on the dropped frame indicator that's this green dot right here and i'm playing back some HD video and you can see i'm not dropping any frames and i put a cheesy title in here just to have an overlay on top of things and this is you know this is full HD playback looks fantastic it's playing it's not dropping frames not a very complicated timeline but we are playing this from the external SSD now I want to show you that as soon as I turn on an adjustment layer that has a luma Tree effect watch this okay boom there we go there's the LUT and right away we're starting to drop frames so we dropped five frames just like that why well even though this is using OpenCL there's not enough power in the GPU to really give luma tree or any GPU accelerated effects any help it's useless in the MacBook Air not going to happen over here on on the lenovo same thing GPU is it's just not there for both of these it's got to be you can only expect GPU acceleration and higher end machines so the cpu it will be taxed and also the disk but right next to the cpu is ram every single time you touch the play head Premiere Pro is going to load as many frames as that can into Ram to give you a smooth playback so when you're scrubbing along how does it scrub so easily or not so easily by the amount of RAM the more ram you've got the more Premiere Pro is going to just stuff into RAM so this as fluid as possible and if you're like most editors you grab the playhead and then this over here and then it's over here and you're moved over here the program is trying to first of all read the video file so it has to read them from the disk then it has to deke um press them if they're highly compressed then it has to stick them on right in the RAM and if there's not enough RAM it's got to write that back to the disk so if you're wondering why things are slow it's because you're probably pushing your system too far HD on this MacBook Air on a simple timeline it's going to look pretty good you can also turn this down right here so right now I can only go to a quarter res but if I found that that I was dropping too many frames I could turn this down to a quarter or a half resolution and this doesn't affect the output it's just the playback is a little bit less of a resolution but it can help especially if you've got too much stuff happening there the last thing I want to leave you with is and that's importing your I've got a simple USB 3 this is a star tech with an incredibly long annoying cable but this is a star tech card reader CF card reader SD multi card reader you need to make sure that you bring your clips in to the computer I know that sounds obvious to a lot of people but I get that question too I imported my stuff and then it's not there anymore you're not importing those clips right there let's just go over and have a look this clip right here if I look at this clip if I reveal this in the finder that's where that clip is the clip is not imported into the program it's simply linked to that I know that's obvious to some folks but to new editors they're not there one other thing is the GTECH drives if you're looking for a really good quality drive and not just a drive but it a raid they make them this isn't a raid this is this is just a USB 3 Drive but look I'll have a link in the description GTECH they're more of a premium quality but they do make small USB 3 drives that are raid now of course if you've got Thunderbolt I could be hooking up I don't have a Thunderbolt Drive hooked up to this MacBook Air I could be using this I can't use Ilan my Lenovo but I could be using it here and as devices get more updated and Hardware starts to support Thunderbolt 3 with USB C type connectors Wow then things are really really going to be fast but remember with that speed that only means that you've eliminated one bottleneck disk speed doesn't mean you've eliminated the RAM and CPU so just work within your means you're not going to turn something like this or something like this into something like my Z book over there or my Dell over there the 55:20 that is an absolute monster when it comes I mean those are mobile workstations and they can really crank out the equivalent of many desktops but on on a budget as we're showing here a simple use on by the way this this USB drives the case that I mentioned it was like 15 bucks you can go to Amazon and get a 120 SSD for about 44 dollars right now smaller projects you're working drive that's going to be fine all right good luck to everyone out there hopefully now you know you need oh you know what I did almost forget one thing the cache if we go into the Preferences it's in the Premiere Pro menu it's in on the Mac it's in the Edit menu on Windows and we go to media right now I don't have this hooked up but I could plug this in and and set this up to a separate drive notice how it's just in the users library drive right now this is where the media cache files go again a cheap secondary drive or a third drive secondary drug internal secondary and third drive just for the cache again it doesn't have to be large 120 gigs is fine 256 is better but it doesn't have to be like a giant terabyte drive that media cache will help you in Premiere Pro somewhat media encoders somewhat audition it really helps in after that all right so there you go there's your editing on a budget hopefully you found this informative if you're new to video revealed please take a moment and subscribe if you want to support us a little more join us on patreon for as little as $1 on until next time it's my job here at video revealed to get you performing the best you can

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  • Reply Arjun Bt July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I have a dell laptop with i3, 5 gen and 4gb ram, 1tb. Can i use adobe for basics edits (cut, add music etc) is there willbe any problem in importing in 1080 60 frames ?

  • Reply Amiir Mohamed July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Intel core i5 4300, 465 gb of hdd, intel graphics 4400, 4 gb of ram. Is it good enough

  • Reply Fardin Ratul July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I have 8gb ram,core i 5 6th gen, and 4000 hd graphics card and 1 tb memory it smooth for premiere pro?

  • Reply Kate Johnson July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    To anyone tech savvy reading this: … Hi, I have a hp Pavillion with Intel (R) Pentium (R) CPU 4415U @ 2.30GHz 2.30 GHz with Hgb ram (it says 7.84 unusable) and a 64-bit operating system and a x64- based psocessor. sorry if this sounds jiobberish just getting this info from my laptop. i installed and payed for adobe and now figuring out my laptop seems a little slow. i dont know what to google and nothing is coming up. if anyone could help me that would be so greatly appreciated. when i become a youtube star i will give u a shoutout for helping me. PLEASE!!! HELP!!!!

  • Reply OddisProductions July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Will a disk partition help, moving media cache to another partition on the same disk (SSD in my case)?

  • Reply Lion Rises Productions July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you for the informative video.

  • Reply Akshay Achu July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I have intel core 15 laptop with 1.80ghz & 4gb ram.. & no grafics card. It is uncomfortable for editing vdos.. Can i upgrade ram with extra 4gb can edit edit smoothly!?

  • Reply electro7 July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply 1stdegreetv July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I have a imac and when i upload my videos to adobe premiere i get audio and a black screen and after effects crash once i upload a video….can you tell me the issue?

  • Reply Dhruv Bansal July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    What about i5 8th generation
    4gb ram
    1tb hdd
    2gb graphics
    Linux os
    1024×728 resolution

  • Reply Israel Makinde July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Can I use a Core i3 7130u laptop with Intel HD 620 and 12gb of ram to edit videos in 720p

  • Reply shree vision July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    is it compatible with AMD A9 9420 @ 3.6 ghz
    8 GB DDR4 ram
    128 gb ssd
    radeon r5 2 gb ddr3 graphic card

  • Reply mariocarnival July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    10:45 You distracted refering to secondary "internal drives", that's ok for desktops, but the topic of the video concerns to a laptop; we don't have a lot of options to attach multiple external drives, so those cache can go in the external drive in which we also put all the media file of the premiere project, right? and leave de Macintosh HD for the adobe application itself… I think so, is it ok?

    Actually, my macbook pro already has a SSD of 250GB and 16GB RAM, I was working goo withg a project with FULL STILL photos making a slideshow! and I guess that this consumes even more memory than videos, right? but was working good until I started with the Lumetri. So, I'd like yo attach an external drive for future projects and I am researching which one, optimizing and not so expensive at the same time. Good Tips! Thank U.

    Where is the dollar a month courses? Do you offer also other adobe apps?

  • Reply Adel July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Please suggest a budget laptop for Adobe creative suite

  • Reply mr_d4vid_xd July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Can the Huawei Matebook D I5 Edit 4K video in abobe Premiere Pro ?
    The specs are :
    Intel I5 8250u quad core
    Nvidia MX150
    8GB ram
    256GB SSD
    If not recommend me another video editor
    Nice video btw!

  • Reply MostTechy July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I have i3 processor with 4 GB ram. Please reply me best version/year of premiere pro for it.

  • Reply Huge Descallar July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Planning to upgrade my laptop 4gb ddr4 ram and only have 2 slots.
    Would it matter if ill get 2 – 8gb ddr4 to make it 16 or a single 16gb + 4gb (stock) to make it 20gb ram. Appreciate tour help.

  • Reply Fly North Wales July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Hi. Are you running Premier Pro from
    the external drive? Ie the software is installed on it?

  • Reply Moxani Media July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    hi, my AIO pc has only 4gb ram, its lagging when i editing in premiere, how to get the smooth playback on my current pc?.. i plan to shoot a video with 720p.

  • Reply James Trisno July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Hi I'm not so sure about my laptop but can it run adobe premiere with intel i3 5th gen and 8gb ram, i don't really have a budget to buy a new laptop

  • Reply Simon Eide July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Hi, i bought a macbook pro 2017. It has an i5 and 8gb of ram, will this work to edit hd video in premiere pro?

  • Reply Xoxo Reaction July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Im using adobe premiere pro for basic editing (not hd )on a 6 go ram Intel core i5 🌸🌸is it safe ??

  • Reply takeonparis July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    You look JUST like J.J. Dillon!

  • Reply Viral Yogesh July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I5 intel 7th Generation
    Ram 16Gb
    Graphics 2Gb
    SSD 120Gb samsung
    Hd 1Tb (5400 Rpm)
    This is enough for 1080 resolution (10 min) Video or not ..!!
    If 4k Video Then Also Tell

  • Reply Tour Gordon July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Thjanks for the video. I think you are really knowledgable. I have a question: I have Mcbook pro 2017. 250GB hard drive, 2GB grafic ram, 16GB memory ram. Why rendering on premier-pro used to take 4-5 minutes while it takes 50-60 minutes for 3-4 minutes projects? Please let me know! My computer is still new. Do i have to buy a new fresh one? I cleaned unused caches, I switched OPENL to METAL on settings, It still doesnt work. I use 2017, 2018 still same. THANKS A LOT!!

  • Reply Viral Yogesh July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    For 4k Next Level
    Video Editing Please
    Suggest The system requirements

  • Reply Viral Yogesh July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I Never Use Premiere pro
    But I am Going To Buy Pc for
    Shot Film And Vlogs With Better
    Effects In My Video
    Please suggest pc And
    Define Rpm 5400 AND 7200

    👇👇👇 look Down Sir

    Asus Core i5 8th Gen – (8 GB/1 TB HDD/Windows 10 Home/2 GB Graphics) R540UB-DM723T Laptop

  • Reply Nari Y July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Your videos are so very helpful!
    Thank you so much, youre the best!

  • Reply GECF INDIA July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Sir please tell me what is the Perfect Combination we need in laptop for premium pro video editing. I like to buy now please suggest me.

  • Reply Crazywasp2001 July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    No? The ssd on my laptop is so much faster… Also laptop doesnt have thunderbolt 3, so no point of using external drive

  • Reply Burak Güney July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Hi, I am going to buy
    Intel i3 7130u or i3 8130u
    Intel HD Graphics 620
    4gb ram ddr4 2400Mhz
    128gb ssd
    1920×1080 screen resolution.
    Is it enough for adobe premiere pro, illustrator, lightroom, after effects and photoshop?
    Thank you for supporting.

  • Reply FLmau5 July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    i have a laptop with an i5 6200u, 4GB DDR3 and a Geforce 920m 2GB (planning to upgrade RAM to 8gb) and 1TB drive,
    and a PC with an i5 3550s, 8GB DDR3 and Intel HD graphics, and a 1TB drive
    Which one should I use for editing?

  • Reply Ivann Chester Ditan July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    It is compatible on core i3 and 4gb ram???

  • Reply Ben The Gemini July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Hi great video,
    Will I be able to run Adobe premiere pro on Lenovo IdealPad 520s, i7-7500U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD?

  • Reply Henry Narzary July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    What about i5 8th Gen, 8GB DDR3 RAM, SSD, MX150 2GB?

    My work: 1080p videos for 4-5mins, with color grading and transitions.

  • Reply wesley don July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I have the MSI GV62 8RD-034 with 8th gen core i7 8750H , Geforce GTX 1050Ti 4G , 8gb ddr4 ram , 128 gb ssd+ 1 tb hdd . Do you think it can run premiere? Please answer, i really need to know. Thanks and God bless

  • Reply Mark Reyes July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Can you run Adobe premiere pro in Acer Swift 3 i5 12gb RAM 8250u 1TB HDD? Thanks

  • Reply Brave Adventurist July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I have a i7-8550u
    8gb of ram-upgradable to 12gb of ram
    I don’t know everything else, but the computer I’m using is a Lenovo ideapad 330s 15ikb

  • Reply Raja Ata Ul Karim July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I have an intel -3-3217U 1.8GHZ
    4GB RAM
    Intel HD 4000

    what can I do?

  • Reply Playedinit Arin July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Intel Celeron processor n3060 (1.6 GHz) [2] [24
    32 GB eMMC [39]
    4096MB DDR3 SDRAM [4]
    No optical drive
    Windows 10 [8] [21]

  • Reply paul taylor July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    This is another configuration for the Lenovo y530

    Processor : Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 6 core Processor (2.20GHz, up to 4.10GHz with Turbo Boost, 9MB Cache)

    Operating System : Windows 10 Home 64

    Total Memory : 16GB DDR4 2666MHz (2 Dimm)

    Chipset : HM370

    Graphic Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB

    Hard Disk Drive : 1TB Hard Disk Drive, 7200RPM, 2.5", SATA3

    Solid State Drive : 128GB Solid State Drive, M.2, PCIe

  • Reply paul taylor July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    i am looking at the Lenovo y530 i will be using for my DJI spark and my cellphone with with filmic pro the laptop specks are:

    Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 6 core Processor (2.20GHz, up to 4.10GHz with Turbo Boost, 9MB Cache)Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64Hard Drive: 128GB Solid State Drive PCIe + 1TB 7200 RPMGraphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GBWarranty: 1 Year Depot or Carry-inMemory: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz (2


  • Reply Andrew Huang July 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    What can I do with:
    Intel Core I7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz
    16GB RAM
    (Acer predator Helios 300)

    What kind of projects can I do with Premiere or Davinci Resolve?

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