Premiere Pro Guided Workflow: Check the System Requirements

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Mar 06, 2020 Mar 06, 2020

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The Premiere Pro Guided WorkflowThe Premiere Pro Guided WorkflowBefore you edit

Check: Premiere Pro System Requirements to see how your computer system measures up.

 

In the following article (updated on 1/14/21), Adobe's hardware specialist, Dave Helmly, asks you to design your workflow related to a good, better, or best computer platform, so you can choose the caliber of hardware you need and no more. The article contains links where you can order systems that are already pre-built as good, better, or best. A companion about performance-related cues the UI gives you is in "What Adobe Premiere Pro Is Trying to Tell You About Performance."


Why are system requirements essential with Premiere Pro?
With Premiere Pro, system requirements are much more stringent because much more computer power is required to run it than other applications. Knowing system requirements might also help you understand performance issues when troubleshooting problems.

 

What if I do not meet system requirements?
If you have an underperforming machine, the advice is to purchase new hardware to exceed the requirements for HD and 4K footage. If you cannot immediately afford new hardware, you can make workflow compromises (proxy workflow, transcode (rip) to an editing codec) should you be in that situation. 

 

Have an underpowered computer or laptop? See the following video. You will need to make compromises in your workflow, so be prepared to follow Colin's advice.

 

 

Can I edit with minimum system requirements?
As I said earlier, you should plan to exceed system requirements to have a smooth workflow from the beginning. Most editors ignore the essential requirements and use recommended hardware instead.

 

Do I need hardware in addition to system requirements?

Yes. You need at least one additional SSD hard drive for your media other than your OS. Install an NVMe internally or connect the SSD via a high-speed connection like USB 3.0 or greater or Thunderbolt.


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Mar 07, 2020 Mar 07, 2020

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Hi!

Please let me know if you have any questions about system requirements. 

 

Thanks,
Kevin

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Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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Hi,  My computer system is a Lenovo T490 laptop on which I want to edit video footage shot on a Gopro 3+ black camera.  Here are the specs on my laptop.  Do you think it is adequate to use Premium Pro?  Thanks!

Processor

8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor (1.60 GHz, up to 3.90 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 6 MB Cache)

Operating System

Windows 10 Pro 64

Display Type

14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, touchscreen, 300 nits

Memory

16 GB DDR4 2400MHz (8 GB Soldered + 8 GB DIMM)

Hard Drive

512 GB PCIe SSD

Warranty

3 Year Depot or Carry-in

Graphics

Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics

Camera

720p HD

Fingerprint Reader

Fingerprint Reader

Keyboard

Backlit - US English

Wireless

Intel® 9560 802.11AC (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 5.0

 

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Hi Randy,

For any footage from action cameras like GoPro and lightweight laptops running Premiere Pro, you should be OK with HD editing, especially if you use proxies or transcode to ProRes LT 720P. That would work, I think. Try it and let us know.

 

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Kevin

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