UPDATE: Problems with Video Cards and Adobe Premiere CC 2015.3

This mainly applies to those of you who are running on a Windows PC. However I do have some limited information for MAC users at the end of this post.

Adobe updated Premiere CC to version 2015.3 and with this new version, they dropped support for older “legacy” video cards. These cards include:

GTX-200 series and mobile versions
GTX-300 series and mobile versions
GTX-400 series and mobile versions
GTX-500 series and mobile versions
GTX-600 series and mobile versions

Quadro FX series and mobile versions
Quadro CX, 200, 2000, 4000, 5000 and 6000 and mobile versions

Even though some video cards are still on Adobe’s “approved” list of video cards, they are no longer working correctly when having CUDA enabled in the Mercury Playback Engine with Premiere CC 2015.3.  So disregard what Adobe has listed on their website as to what video cards will work with Premiere as it is out of date with the Premiere 2015.3 release.

Initially, Adobe was telling users to roll the video card driver back to an earlier version.  However, that doesn’t make any difference for the vast majority of users who are experiencing problems getting their “legacy” video cards to run with CUDA enabled.

Adobe now consider these to be “legacy” video cards and you should not look for Adobe to provide support for these video cards.

If you have one of these video cards, Adobe is now telling people they need to upgrade the video card or to roll back to version CC 2015.2 of Premiere.

The cards that are being reported as working fine with Adobe Premiere CC 2015.3 are:

GTX-700 series and mobile versions
GTX-900 series and mobile versions
GTX-1000 series and mobile versions (GTX-1080, GTX-1070, etc.)
Quadro M series and mobile versions
Quadro K series and mobile versions

MAC Users:
Some people are reporting problems using CUDA with a legacy video card. Right now, the fix is to remove CUDA and run the video with OpenCL. While it may be slower, it is not as slow as running with no GPU acceleration at all.

David Knarr
https://www.studio1productions.com

Choosing a Video Card for Sony Vegas and Sony Movie Studio – GPU Acceleration Explained

I have posted a new article to our website that covers what modern video cards work best for Sony Vegas Pro and Sony Movie Studio for GPU acceleration.  This article is for versions 11, 12 and 13 of Sony Vegas Pro and Sony Movie Studio.

I have seen on some of the computer forum people asking what type of video card should they get for Sony Vegas Pro or Sony Movie Studio.  Most of the time people are giving out advise based on the old information on the older video cards, expecting it to apply to the video cards we have today.

For example, when Sony first implemented GPU acceleration, the current line of video cards at that time were the NVIDIA GT/GTX500, GT/GTX400 and GT/GTX200.  Also, included are the AMD HD 4000, HD 5000 and HD 6000 video cards.

These cards are not around anymore, except on the used market and things are different with today’s modern video cards.

Did you know there are two areas where GPU acceleration comes in.  The first is timeline playback and the second is when you use the MainConcept AVC or Sony AVC encoder.

Sony Vegas Pro and Sony Movie Studio are based on using OpenCL.  Both AMD and NVIDIA offer OpenCL support with their video cards.  However, AMD has put a lot of effort into their implementation of OpenCL, which is why AMD video cards perform exceptionally well with Sony Vegas and Sony Movie Studio, along with other programs that use OpenCL.

Since NVIDIA is pushing their proprietary CUDA technology, they don’t put a whole lot of effort into OpenCL. It is not implemented well and it really shows when it comes to Sony Vegas and Sony Movie Studio.

Now some of you are going to say, that you can use CUDA with Sony Vegas Pro and Sony Movie Studio.  Yes, I know that.  But did you know it only works on the old NVIDIA GT/GTX500, GT/GTX400 and GT/GTX200 series of video cards?  And, it only works with the MainConcept AVC encoder.

It’s true.  CUDA does not work with today’s modern video cards from NVIDIA.  The reason why is MainConcept hard coded which video cards it would support and they are the NVIDIA GT/GTX500, GT/GTX400 and GT/GTX200 series of video cards.

While I am not saying you can’t use NVIDIA video cards, you can, but the performance will not be anywhere near what you get with an AMD video card.  A lot of people are unaware of this and they are telling people to use a NVIDIA card for CUDA support, when there is no more CUDA support for the newer NVIDIA graphics cards.

Take a few minutes and read this article: https://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/SonyVideoCards.htm

It has a ton of information in it and it will give you examples of some rendering tests I did with some NVIDIA and AMD video cards.

Video Backgrounds Film Volume 2 just released

We have just released a new Video Background package titled Film Volume 2.  This package contains 33 HD video backgrounds that are 1920 x 1080p in Quicktime .mov  Photo JPEG, 100% Quality setting.

To see demos and for more information visit our website at:
https://www.studio1productions.com/hd-animations/hd-film-2.htm

A Word about the Quality
Studio 1 Productions only offers Professional Quality Motion Graphics and Video Backgrounds.  Our animation are QuickTime Photo-JPEG at 100% quality.  So you will have the highest quality backgrounds.  They are a true 29.97 fps for proper playback on your timeline.

Why is that important?
Other companies may offer their animations as QuickTime, but they are using the h.264 or .mp4 compressor.  While h.264 and .mp4 are fine for a final delivery product, they are NOT good for video editing of video backgrounds and motion graphics, as they are a highly compressed format.  So when you render out your final video, you will be compressing the background again, which can lead to artifacts in the motion graphic.

So this is why we use the QuickTime Photo-JPEG at 100% quality setting.

In addition, some companies provide the backgrounds at 30fps, which can cause some problems, depending on your editing software.

Since our video backgrounds and motion graphics are at a true 29.97 fps, you will NOT have any problems with our products.

So why do other companies use h.264 and .mp4 formats with their backgrounds?
It’s simple, by using these formats (h.264 and .mp4) they can create a very small file size.  By keeping the file size small, it makes it easier for them to upload and host on their website, as most website hosting companies will only offer you a limited amount of storage space for you website and all of the files.

File Size Difference between h.264 and QuickTime Photo-JPEG.
Here is an example of how much compression is done.  Using the same 10 second motion graphic you can see a huge difference in the file size.

10 Second Motion Graphic as a
QuickTime h.264/.mp4 – File size 31,364k
QuickTime Photo-JPEG 100%A – File size 194,488

The QuickTime Photo-JPEG at 100% quality setting, is 6.2x larger than the QuickTime h.264/.mp4 file size.

So as you can see, there is a LOT of file compression going on with the h.264/.mp4 format, which means there is some quality loss with those formats.

Labeling a Film Clapboard or Film Slate

We have written an article on How to Use a Film Clapboard.  Also known as a Clapperboard or Clapboard Slate.

In this article we explain how to use the Film Clapboard and what you should be writing on it to make the post production process easier.

One of the questions I am asked the most is, “I want to label the Film Clapboard with some type of lettering, what should I use?”

What we have used with success is with removable vinyl letters and numbers from Chartpak and are called  Pickett Design Vinyl Numbers/Letters Stickers, 3/4″, Black.  You can get them in other sized, but the 3/4 inch ones fit the best.

You can find them online at places like Amazon.com or at most office supply websites or store.  These letters are great for labeling the name of the Production, the Directory, the Camera operator and the Date.

For the Roll (also known as Tape or Media), Scene and the Take, you should use a vis-à-vis Wet Erase Pen, instead of a dry erase pen.  Even though the white Film Clapboards say you can use a Dry Erase pen, we have found that some brands will stain the Clapperboard.  This is why I prefer to use the Wet Erase Pens that we sell on the page with all of our Film Clapboard Slates.

If you are using the Clapboard as a decoration for the wall, which a lot of filmmakers and Videographers do.  Then in addition to using the ¾ inch letters, also pickup some 2 inch letters and number to use in the Roll, Scene, Take areas.

Here is the article on How to Use a Film Clapboard.

Latest Update for Adobe Premiere CS6

Adobe has released up date CS6.0.5 for Adobe Premiere. Please note: Once you install this update you will need to run the cuda.bat file again, as this update over writes the cuda card file.

The cuda.bat file is located on the second page of our article on Video Cards for Adobe Premiere CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC.  Here is the link:

https://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5.htm

Video Tearing (or Video out of Sync) in your Editing Software

In the picture below I have pointed out what the video tearing or screen tearing looks like.

You may have seen this when you are fast forwarding or fast reversing through a video in your editing software.  Or you may have seen it in different video players such as VLC, Windows Media Player, etc.

The two most common things that will cause this is the video driver OR having Aero turned off.  First, make sure your video drivers are up to date.  Next, lets turn Aero on.

Step 1.  RIGHT click your mouse on the Desktop and a window like below will appear.

Step 2.  Click on Personalize

Step 3.  Select one of the Aero Themes as shown below.

Don’t worry you can change the Desktop Background and the Screen Saver to your liking.  However, you need to start with a Aero Theme to turn on Aero.

Once you have an Aero Theme the screen tearing or video tearing will stop.

I know some of you have read to turn off Aero on your computer to save system resources, but doing so you create other problems such as having the video tearing.

DVD on LED Video Lighting

NOTE: We have discontinued this DVD.

While this DVD mainly for interviews, the lighting techniques presented are good for most lighting situations.  Whether you are shooting an instructional video, corporate video or most other types of videos, the ligthing and overall look is critical.

Regardless of your budget, what type of camera you use, what kind of video you’re shooting, or how much time you have to set up, there’s really no excuse for not consistently shooting great looking interviews.

And once you’ve mastered the fundamentals of shooting interviews, you can carry those skills over into any production environment because the basic principles of good lighting are universal.

But shooting great-looking interviews is NOT just about lighting. Lighting is only one piece of the puzzle. This 90-minute instructional DVD has been produced by well-known instructor, Doug Jensen, to teach anyone how to use camera placement, lighting, composition, depth-of-field, exposure, and white balance to create great-looking interviews.