Sunday, August 23, 2015

PE 13/13.1: Hardware Acceleration Preference


Premiere Elements 13 was released with a "Use Hardware Acceleration (works on Intel HD Graphics 2000 and higher)" preference in Edit Menu/Preferences/General. This preference is enabled by default and is specific for the HD Graphic 2000 and higher video card/graphics card. It does not apply to the video card/graphic card named just Intel HD Graphics. The enabled/disabled setting for this preference has been associated with no plugin.dll messages and an assortment of export issues including failure to find export files after a supposed successful export.

In September 2014, shortly after the release of Premiere Elements 13, Adobe's PRE_help (Premiere Elements Team) offered the following details in the Adobe Premiere Elements Forum about this "Use Hardware Acceleration..." preference. The Premiere Elements Help team wrote (see gray shaded quote that follows)
Premiere Elements 13 does not support CUDA.

We do support Intel based hardware acceleration on 64-bit Windows installations. If you have the Intel HD Graphics display adaptor, look for the version number. If it is Intel HD Graphics 2xxx, or above (3xxx, 4xxx, 5xxx), the following features are accelerated
1. Rendering
2. Publish/Share (MPEG and AVC presets)

This is governed by a setting in preferences (Edit -> Preferences -> General -> Use Hardware Acceleration... checkbox). It is turned ON by default.

This is only for the mentioned Intel hardware. Even if you have a nVidia/ATI display adaptor that is generally considered "more powerful", the feature will not work unless the supported Intel display adaptor is available.

Premiere Elements Team
CUDA which is not supported by any version of Premiere Elements is a NVIDIA technology which works on certain NVIDIA video cards/graphics cards. Premiere Pro and CUDA are described HERE by Adobe's Todd Kopriva.


Since Premiere Elements (any version) does not support CUDA, it is frequently assumed that Hardware Acceleration* does not exist in any version of Premiere Elements.


See the Adobe PRE_help statement confirming the existence of Hardware Acceleration for Premiere Elements 13/13.1 "Rendering and Publish+Share (MPEG and AVC presets)" when the computer uses specifically Intel HD Graphics 2000 and higher video card/graphics card and Hardware Acceleration is enabled in preferences. See Figure 1.
Figure 1. Premiere Elements 13/13.1 Preference "Use Hardware Acceleration (Works On Intel HD Graphics 2000 And Higher)" Found Edit Menu/Preferences/General.
To identify video card/graphics card in Windows - see Device Manager/Display Adapters/.


None of our computers use an Intel HD Graphics 2000 and higher video card/graphics card, so we have not been able to gauge how much faster "render and Publish+Share/MPEG and AVC presets" go in Premiere Elements 13/13.1 when using a computer with an Intel HD Graphic 2000 and higher card and "Use Hardware Acceleration (works on Intel HD Graphic 2000 and higher)" enabled in Premiere Elements 13/13.1 preferences. We will be watching for some quantification on that point from Adobe and/or others.

Update October 30, 2015.
The "Use Hardware Acceleration (works on Intel HD Graphics 2000 and higher/newer)" preference appears to available in Premiere Elements 13/13.1 or 14 when the program is on a Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 64 bit computer. From all reports, the preference is not found in Premiere Elements 13/13.1 and 14 on Windows 32 bit and Mac.

*Hardware Acceleration as defined in this case as using a video card/graphics card (GPU) to perform some functions faster than would be the case on CPU.