Greg 2345 wrote:
Has anyone successfully run Premiere CS5 Mercury Playback Engine in Hardware acceleration mode, I only get Software mode? The option to change the mode is grayed out for me, but I have the adobe cuda qualify video card. I'm running a 8 Core Mac Pro 3.2Ghz 16GB ram 10 Disk Striped Raid with Nvidia Quadro FX 4800 and Mac OSX 10.6.3. All the demos I have seen are running on Windows 7 Boxes.
YES - nvidia 4800 + MAC = good Mercury editing experience.
The problem is that you need to download the CUDA 3.0 drivers which they haven't published as 'official' yet. Adobe is pushing them to move them over as the drivers seem completely finished. You can get them here - http://developer.nvidia.com/object/cuda_3_0_downloads.html
One other note - I found that my trusty firewire 800 g-raid mini's don't work as well as I'd like for playback in a Mac tower. Basically, MPE is asking for more than the drive can actually handle. I put in two other drives in a software raid and my problems went away.
Hope this helps,
Thanks for all the help just downloaded the drivers and now I can select the option, so far very nice performance.
Thanks Again. . .
I have geforce gtx 260 which should work fine for CUDA, as i have use it on my PC as well.
And i have installed CUDA driver mention above.
But i'm still using OS X 10.6.0
And it seems the option for CUDA in premiere still greyed out.....
Is it has to be OS X 10.6.3 to make it works?
The GTX 260 is not an officially supported card for GPU acceleration. There are only two cards on the Mac side - GTX 285 and the Quadro 4800.
Is it has to be 10.6.3?
Yes, it has to be 10.6.3
I had the same problem: Quadro FX4800 for Mac and the MPE hardware option was grayed out. Updating to the above mentioned CUDA developer drivers did not help. Only after updating from MacOS 10.6 to 10.6.3 the option became available.
I'm sort of having the same problem as Greg was having: my CS5 Mercury Playback Engine is grayed out also. I'm working on Windows 7 OS 64 bit, and have a Quadro FX 3800 card, running on a Core 2 Quad, 2.40 GHz, 8gigs of ram. My driver version is: 190.38.
I did have to add Avid's Media Composer 5 to my system; in the process I had to add a different driver software to my system to make the screen interface work properly for Avid. When I entered that driver software, a message came up: Mercury Playback Engine will work in Software only mode. I pressed on because I needed to completed the job on the Avid project.
My question is, can I reinstall the original driver software without any problems? I was editing in the Software mode most of the time before, but it never was grayed out before. Am I losing anything by leaving it grayed out?
The version you indicate is probably the WHQL certified driver that ships with Windows 7. If you go to nvidia.com they have a very good site for downloading the latest drivers for your particular card. Once you install those, the MPE should fire up no problem.
I doubt very much that a newer nvidia driver will interfere with Avid either.
Hope this helps,
Thank you for your prompt reply, I appreciate it very much.
I downloaded the latest driver last night from nvidia: 259.81-Quadro-win7-winvista-64bit-english-whql; and will reinstall.