I receive the following error message in the lower left corner of the screen upon starting a new project in PE8 or opening an existing one: "Display performance will be poor due to incorrectly operating graphics card or driver." It seems that Premiere Elements 8 is not recognizing and hence not using my GPU to render files when burning DVD's. Unlike PE4, which utilized my GPU ( I know this because I've installed GPU-Z which shows me when a program is utilizing my GPU) when encoding files and the like, PE8 takes more than twice as long to render the same files and projects when I attempt to burn to a dvd. Not to mention it utilized my CPU at around 98% for the duration of the 2 hour burn, heating my CPU to dangerous levels.
I have the latest Graphics card driver for my Nvidia GTS 250: v195.62
I've called technical support and they sent me to the following troubleshooting article, but I've tried everything to no avail: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/514/cpsid_51427.html.
Here are my computer specs:
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit, SP2
Intel Quad-Core Q6600
3 Gig Ram
Nvidia GTS 250 Graphics Card
P.S. I can't re-install PE4 as it was bundled software that came with my wife's computer..and I consequently tried to uninstall/reinstall to my system with no serial number...Also, I don't want to revert back to an earlier nvidia driver on principle (b/c PE8 should work as advertised with the latest nvidia drivers) and more importantly, doing so might interfere with my games and other programs.
One last thing. PE4 utilized my GPU, I downloaded the latest trail version of Cyberlink's Power Director Software and it utilized my GPU, even windows dvd maker uses my GPU...However, I've spent a lot of time with PE4 and I love the features and the interface and would rather work with the latest from Adobe. I'm using PE8 for a lot of video projects and I don't want to have to waste time watching it take 2 hours to render a DVD when PE4 did the same project in 45 minutes.
Any advice regarding this problem would be much appreciated. Thanks.
It could be that the message is benign. Premiere Elements does not use your graphics card to render your video. That's a function of your processor.
Your graphics card effects your onscreen display only. So, unless you're seeing a significant drop in the quality or function of your onscreen display, I wouldn't worry about it. (The program is likely switching automatically to a compatibility mode.)
It could be that a Windows Update is conflicting with something in your graphics card's driver -- and it will eventually be corrected in a later driver release.
So, unless your display is degrading when the program switches to compatibility mode, just ignore it and keep working.
Version 8 is a massive resource hog and, for reasons I can't figure out, takes twice as long and uses twice as much power to accomplish the same things that previous versions accomplished using very little power. I'm not sure what Adobe's strategy is with this.
One thing. Update Nvidia GTS 250 Graphics Card drivers.