Smart Rendering in Premiere Pro CC

Smart Rendering is turned on by default in Premiere Pro CC.

It can be found in the Export Settings dialog box (screen grab below)



Heres an excerpt from the Premiere Pro help on “Smart Rendering”  :-

When exporting, smart rendering can be used for certain formats to create better quality output by avoiding recompression when possible.In previous versions of Premiere Pro, smart rendering has been available for DV and DVCPro formats.In Premiere Pro, smart rendering capability has been added for Long GOP MPEG2 OP1a exports, where the original material is a matching long GOP MPEG2 OP1a or XDCAM EX file. Smart rendering can accelerate MXF render times for long GOP MPEG2 essences, while avoiding recompression.

For DV or DVCPro formats, smart rendering automatically engages.

For XDCAM formats, check the checkbox for smart rendering in the XDCAM exporter plug-in. If you have these types of clips in your timeline in a sequence with matching settings, are exporting out to MXF OP1a with a matching preset, and the checkbox is checked in the XDCAM exporter plug-in, it engages. Premiere Pro sees effects applied and falls back to regular rendering if needed.

To disengage smart rendering, deselect the checkbox in the XDCAM exporter plug-in.
Using these formats, smart rendering creates an accelerated workflow, and less generational loss. Render times are anywhere from 4 to 12 times faster than realtime. The lower the bit rate, the faster it renders (less data per frame to copy, so it can do more at the same transfer speed).

Smart Rendering Formats updated in Premiere Pro CC

In Premiere Pro CC, the following formats are accelerated:

  • AVC-Intra in MXF (Format > MXF OP1a)
    • AVC-Intra Class50
    • AVC-Intra Class100
  • DNxHD in MXF (Format > DNxHD MXF OP1a)
  • DNxHD (QuickTime)
  • ProRes (QuickTime)
    • ProRes Proxy
    • ProRes LT
    • ProRes 422
    • ProRes 422 (HQ)
    • ProRes4444
  • Animation (QuickTime)

Setting Frame Rate for Image Sequence Import in Premiere Pro and After Effects

During the last Roadshow many had asked me about setting up Premiere Pro and After Effects to import image sequences at a certain frame rate and change the default which is set to 30 FPS.

Heres how you do it Premiere Pro CC :-

Goto Preferences -> Media -> Intermediate Media Timebase


And for After Effects :-

Goto Edit -> Preferences -> Import -> Sequence Footage


Incase you are using After Effects CC and are facing problems with importing DPX sequences then you might want to take a look at this  :-

Premiere Pro CS6 to Pro Tools

In case you are using Pro Tools 9 or later then you can import all the active audio tracks from an entire sequence in Premiere Pro CS6 using an Open Media Format (OMF) file.

More documentation here :-


However, if you are using a previous version of Pro Tools which does not support OMF import, then you could export unmixed files using the following procedure :-

-> Go to Edit> Edit in Adobe Audition> Sequence













-> In the Edit in Audition dialog box, you could uncheck “Open in Adobe Audition” (since we want to send this out to Pro Tools) and then hit ok.










-> This should export each track as a separate discrete file, the resulting files are Wave files.


Colin Smith was kind enough to share this tip with me, he shares several of his tips here :-


List of Free Plugins for Premiere Pro

Here’s the list of  free downloadable plugins for Premiere Pro (Mac / Win)  :-

Premiere Pro Title File Creator

Use this utility to create multiple title files from a single template title file and a text file of title text.

Creative Impatience 

Feathered Crop :-

Vignette                :-

Red Giant Software 

Magic Bullet LUT Buddy 1.0 :-

Magic Bullet Quick Looks Free :-

Magic Bullet Colorista Free  :-


HQ Transitions :-

Core Melt (Mac only)

5 free plugins that will really help some FCP editors that have swapped over feel a little more at home.

Advantages of Active Text for Premiere Pro editors

  1. Pre-animated Templates, no keyframes required, automatically adjust themselves to the lengths of your clip
  2. Duplicate a title just by copy / pasting on the timeline, no need to enter the title editor.
  3. Familiar workflow for those that have changed from other editors

CoverFlux 2 (Mac Only)

We have all seen the gorgeous scrolling image carousel that iTunes and Finder uses. CoverFlux reproduces that slideshow effect for still images, producing movies & project files for Final Cut Pro 7, FCPX, Motion, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere CS6 & After Effects. (OSX)

FX Factory Manifesto (Mac Only) (Pr + Ae)

Free static title and tile roll/crawl generators.

FX Factory Pan and Zoom (Mac Only)  (Pr + Ae)

Create the photo animation style made popular by Ken Burns.

FX Factory Star Titler (Mac Only)  (Pr + Ae)

Simulate opening titles from the 1977 Star Wars movie.

FX Factory Barcode (Mac Only) (Pr + Ae)

Simulate EAN-13 barcodes.

FX Factory Data Pop Free ( Mac Only) (Pr + Ae)

Free Infographic titles

FX Factory CoverFlux( Mac Only) (Pr + Ae)

A Coverflow-style slideshow generator.

FX Factory PiPinator Free ( Mac Only) (Pr + Ae)

Simple-to-use picture-in-picture effect.

FX Factory Random Text ( Mac Only) (Pr + Ae) 

Random text generator.

Jarle’s Free Presets for Premiere Pro  (MAC / WIN)  :-

Ill keep updating this as I come across more plugins.

Please feel free to include more in the comments section below.