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PPro CS6 Only uses the Mercury Engine Plus new PC specs

Aug 15, 2012 5:39 AM

Tags: #mercury #new #computer #engine #specs

I've looked into preferences> General to see if I can improve my system/application performance.

 

It is set to the: Mercury engine, software only.

 

It's kinda greyed out and won't let me choose to us either GPU (CPU?).

 

Question 2:

Could you please describe a configuration for a new PC that will meet the needs of CS6 Suite without breaking my bank?

 

I neet it to be a notebook for mobility.

 
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  • Jon-M-Spear
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    Aug 15, 2012 5:44 AM   in reply to Boumr2280

    Have a look on the Adobe site - particularly at the graphics card specification - it's the GPU that determines whether CS6 can take advantage of MPE hardware acceleration.

     
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    Aug 15, 2012 6:14 AM   in reply to Boumr2280

    All you need in a notebook is:

     

    • i7 quad core CPU, the faster the better and preferably with HT (hyper-threading).
    • 8+ GB RAM, the more the better.
    • nVidia CUDA card with at least 1 GB DDR5 VRAM.
    • TWO internal 7200 RPM SATA disks as minimum.
    • eSATA and/or USB3 ports.
    • 1920 x 1080 monitor, or at least 900+ vertical resolution.
    • Wall outlet.

     

    The lucky thing is you don't need a battery, just a wall outlet. (that's why you want a notebook, right?)

     
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    Aug 15, 2012 7:00 AM   in reply to Harm Millaard

    If the laptop has an eSATA port, you can edit with only one internal 7200 rpm drive - provided that you have a FAST drive connected to the eSATA port.  ALL media goes on this external drive. I can edit AVCHD from a Canon HF S30 with just the internal drive and a single 500 GB WD drive in an external eSATA box.  I must admit, life is better with a 2 drive RAID0 connected via eSATA.

     

    In other respects the laptop conforms to Harm's criteria set out above.

     

    I am not interested in the speed of rendering or export, only that I can do some basic editing, since I use this system only while on holiday.  All my real editing is done on a Sandy Bridge-e desktop.

     

    The problem is that laptops with eSATA ports (and FireWire ports) are becoming objects for the Antiques Roadshow!

     
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    Aug 15, 2012 7:45 AM   in reply to Boumr2280

    As Harm says, to take full advantage of the MPE Hardware Acceleration your laptop MUST have a Nvidia card with at least 1 GB of memory - this must be graphics card memory, NOT borrowed from the main computer memory.

     

    Almost certainly, your graphics card will not be on the Adobe approved list, so you will have to use the "hack" to get MPE hardware acceleration.

     

    USB3 may be fine for external drive connection.  I cannot comment as I have never used it.  I know that USB2 is not acceptable.

     
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    Aug 15, 2012 8:08 AM   in reply to Boumr2280

    This http://forums.adobe.com/message/4578948 message has brands that are specifically designed for video editing

     
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    Aug 15, 2012 9:04 AM   in reply to Boumr2280

    >How can I tell

     

    Go back to Harm's list in message #2 (item 3)

     

    >off the shelf HP

     

    Try to NOT get a laptop with dual video

     

    Dual laptop video

    -http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/kb/error---preludevideo-play-modul es.html

    -http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1001579

    -Use BIOS http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1019004?tstart=0

    -HP Fingerprint/Password conflict http://forums.adobe.com/thread/911575

     

    For "some" others, with at least 1Gig of video ram, use the nVidia Hack http://forums.adobe.com/thread/629557 - which is a simple entry in a "supported cards" file

     
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    Aug 15, 2012 3:09 PM   in reply to Boumr2280

    The Mercury Playback Engine will not work with an ATI card on a PC.  On a PC, we use CUDA acceleration exclusively, and that is a nVidia technology.

     
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    Aug 17, 2012 5:36 AM   in reply to Boumr2280

    Just elevate your access rights under properties/security when logged in as administrator.

     
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    Aug 17, 2012 8:52 AM   in reply to Boumr2280

    Go to http://search.microsoft.com/search.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US and search for information on Win7 file permissions

     

    I built my computer and installed Win7, so I am the only user and I boot up in the only Administrator account... and I STILL have to "allow" myself access to any file on the root of my C drive

     

    You might also see if you can copy the text file to another location... edit... and copy the revised file back to the needed location... that will, of course, mean you have to say "yes" to the replace message, but that MAY let you do what you need

     

    But, again... link above for all things Microsoft

     

    Also, since you have already run into a Win7 permission problem, do this... http://forums.adobe.com/thread/969395

     
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    Aug 17, 2012 8:56 AM   in reply to Boumr2280

    It wouldn't let me save the file. "You don't have permission..."

     

    Copy the file out to another folder, such as My Documents.  Open it from there, make the additions, and save it.  Then copy that back over into the original location.  You want to do an Overwrite.  You'll be asked to provide Admin permission, but it'll work.

     
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    Aug 17, 2012 8:58 AM   in reply to Boumr2280

    Since there is parenting going on in Windows, you may have to start at a higher level in your directory tree. I remember, although it was some time ago, that it took me quite some time to get full administrative rights to all directories, including system and hidden ones. Can't remember whether inheriting was an option.

     
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    Aug 17, 2012 9:30 AM   in reply to Boumr2280

    I think that if you drag the .txt file on to your desktop you can edit it there.  Right click on the file on your desktop, open it in Notepad, save it, then drag it back to its original home.

     

    Make sure you know where it belongs before you start - in C:\Program files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS6!

     
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