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EDITING 101: Reduce export time in Premiere Pro CC

14 Jan

So if you use like Magic Bullet Looks or any other “heavy & slow” plugins and want to reduce Export-times in Premiere Pro you should set your Sequence to ProResLT or any other good Master codec and work / edit with that Setting.

If you use like MagicBulletLooks and such you had to render while working anyways but you don’t have to re-render everything again with exporting. That happens usually if u don’t have “Use Preview” selected,

So to have this working properly you just select “Match Sequence” and “Use Preview” in the export settings and you are good to go.

Render-Times for this Sequence (GTX760):

with 1080p25 DSLR Seq. Preset = 16min 41sec
with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. = 14min 42sec

Render-Times for this Sequence (GTX480):

with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. = 14min 38sec

Render-Times for this Sequence (GTX480):

with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. = 15min 35sec

Render-Times for this Sequence (GT640+GTX480):

with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. = 19min 28sec
(it seems it uses the only the GT640 for openGL rendering)



(same 2009 MacPro, same sequence, same settings)

with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. = 26min  37sec

(export time with Match Seq. + Use Preview was basically the same)

Rendertime with XFX Radeon HD 7970
in Windows 8.1, Premiere Pro CC, DNX 120 1080p Preset
32min 55sec


Export-Time for this Sequence (GTX760):

with 1080p25 DSLR Seq. Preset / no “Use Preview” = 15min 40sec
with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. + Match Seq. + Use Preview = 01min 51sec


The Video-project in this “Tutorial” is actually a “real life” work project:

BTW for your reference: I’m on a 2009 MacPro 4,1 with 2x4Cores, 24GB Ram, GTX760 4G GPU, OSX 10.9.1 on a SSD with Adobe Premiere Pro CC 7.2.1. Also have ny Render/Scratch disk on a 2nd SDD and also export to the other SDD.
Oh and here a link to on quick test export with a different project regarding that DNxHD gamma/REC709 issue:

ProRes Export (how it should look)

DNxHD Export (REC 709 gamma issue)

6th Sense – Both Nice
Robbero – Spheres


So i did a lil test (just for fun) to see if the HD7970 works better in FCPX, so i used 7toX to get the Project from PPro to FCPX
from PPro to FCXP

The Titels showed up as black video but thats ok I replaced that (did not expect to go through anyways) but other than that all good actually ….even though I “cleaned up” the Sequence a bit before … it was just like exporting as FinalCutPro XML opening that file in 7toX … importing that new XML in FCPX…. done! …now of course the MBL values und plugins do not show up but thats OK. One note on that: I had to update to FCPX 10.1.1. and re-installed MBL bcuz before FCPX 10.1 crashed a lot or even the MacPro went black and re-started … now in 10.1.1 all seems to work … render now and see what time i get in FCPX

So now the Rendertime:

FCPX Export-Time for this Sequence: 22min 20sec
(same 2009 MacPro with HD 7970, same sequence, same settings…only DenoiserII missing on the last clips)


12 Dec




(watch the test on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/33528082 )

Thanks to Mario & Nino for uploading the MXF files AND for shooting that short in the first place! Great result – especially in that short amount of time and with limed resources.

the first scene i traded quite “usual” just a lil push here and there … skin tones, contrast, richer colors… stuff like that… i “protected” highlights in the back window tho’

all the rest – especially in terms of high ISO performance – i did push much more – to see what is possible … and there is a lot of “play-room” for a grade … the grain / noise still looks very organic / filmic (almost like 16mm) even at the limits of what is possible.
even a hard color push / tint is no real issues if you watch your blacks … kinda awesome!

and at no point there was any artifacts you are probably familiar with from DSLR h264 or even XDCamEX or AVCHD stuff … that is really nice!!!

over all … great footage to work on!

i used FCP7, Colorista 2 for all the Color Correction and  Magic Bullet Looks 2 for all creative Color Grading

As soon as i get the whole short film as ProRes422 from Mario & Nino i’ll do a full color grade on that lil movie … i can’t wait!
Review & short blog post by Nino Leitner – YOU HAVE TO READ THAT!!!


original full short film: vimeo.com/33425317


well Stu from prolost.com did his version of that first shot … well… i like it a lot!!!

RED EPIC @cinec Munich 2010

20 Sep

well today i have a gear only post… well i did use FCP to make this lil clip … so there you go:
it was cinec time in Munich and after i missed IBC this year and i’m not able to go to photokina that was my only chance to see at least a few fancy “toys” in action. but i did not acpect what “happened”.

i pretty much went without any real plan … i knew that there would be a bunch of cool gear to see, so no worries on that side.

so i went straight in for a first “overview-round” … and after about 5 minutes i ran into Ted form RED (you can say by accident) with a RED EPIC in plain sight. well that was nice.

… so i not only shot some random stuff with my 550D  i also had the chance to hold this thing in my hands … pretty awesome…
well it was the small config. like a big DSLR ;) not out yet & i couldn’t (i was not able to) really record something to a CF-Card (wich will be relaced by a SSD Module / slot… but man it was a great feeling …if u ask me it was a nice weight.. not to light not too heavy… soon other people noticed the RED EPIC. i followed “EPIC” and shot some stuff not much cuz i was too curious how this thing worked and stuff … but that is what i “glued” together in FCP last night … with a lil color work done with magic Bullet Looks:

more cinec coverage soon (review & more film clips…) stay tuned!

Click Here to View The Video Titled: a day with a WORKING RED EPIC


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