Friday, February 23, 2024

Enabling Adobe Premier hardware rendering support on Macbook Pro

Do you use Adobe Premier Pro CS5, CS6 or CC on a Macbook Pro? I am not sure which models this effects. Mine is a mid 2010 Macbook Pro 17”. Apparently it affects iMac and Macbook Pro, but I can’t say which vintages.

I recently updated from CS5 to CC, and lost hardware rendering support. There’s a tweak I performed a few years ago for CS5 that I’ve now repeated on CC. You’ll know when hardware rendering is locked out when you see this:

Adobe premier cc renderer

Here’s how to enable the hardware based video renderer:

Technically speaking, CUDA needs at least 768M video RAM. Older Macbook Pro computers may only have 512MB, but you can still enable CUDA. I have, and mine has 512MB.

1. You can get the latest CUDA drivers here,

Download, and install them. You should be able to keep CUDA updated from within the newly installed CUDA System Preferences panel.

2. You’ll need to run an app called GPUSniffer. It’s buried deep inside the Adobe files. Assuming you have Premier installed in the default location, just past the following into Terminal:

/Applications/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\ CC/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\

Hit Return, and it should run a text based app, which will display its results in Terminal. Something like this:

Cude sniff mac os x

3. Now you need to paste the name of your CUDA Device into a file within the Adobe Premier Pro app. Paste the following into Terminal:

sudo open -e /Applications/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\ CC/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\
You will be prompted for your user password (this is to unlock the txt file, so you can make changes to it). The file when open in TextEdit, looking something like this:
Opencl supported cards txt
Paste or type in the name of your card, as identified by the GPUSniffer app in step 2. In my case it then looks like this:

Opencl supported cards txt 2

You can see I added in “GeForce GT 330M” on the fifth line from the top. You can add it to the end of the file if you like, I just put it there to be orderly.

4. You need to make the same change to a similar file within the Adobe After Effects CC app.

Just paste this into Terminal:

sudo open -e /Applications/Adobe\ After\ Effects\ CC/Adobe\ After\ Effects\
Make the same change as you made to the previous file. Paste or type in the name of your video card on its own line.
That’s it. Start up (or restart) Adobe Premier Pro CC and hardware acceleration for rendering should be available.
If you use CS5 or CS6 you can make exactly the same changes. You’ll just need to change the file paths accordingly. Chancing CC for CS5 or CS6 in both instances, on both the PP and AE paths (Step 3 and Step 4).
/Applications/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\ CS6/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\

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