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How To Render Video in Premiere Pro

How to Render Video Files in Premiere Pro

When working with larger files in Adobe Premiere Pro, you may encounter hiccups during playback of a project in progress. This issue is common when dealing with high-resolution media and/or when video effects are applied. One solution is to prerender video previews, or cached media files that remain on your hard disk. These instructions will teach you how to render a video in Premiere Pro and reduce the strain on your system during preview playback.

When to Render Video

Most users can identify when playback’s not as smooth as it should be, but Premiere features tools to eliminate the guesswork. In the upper-right corner of the Program Monitor, click the “Options” icon and activate “Show Dropped Frames Indicator”. This will display data to the left of your Zoom Level menu in the form of a green or yellow dot. Green means playback is performing properly; yellow denotes dropped frames (hover your cursor over the icon for an exact number).

The Timeline also displays helpful information regarding playback performance. Thin colored bars running along the tops of your video clips indicate one of four scenarios:
  • Red: Rendered previews do not exist for the clips positioned below. Premiere will attempt to render on the fly, but playback quality or smoothness will likely suffer.
  • Yellow: Same as above, though Premiere may be able to provide fluid playback without rendering a preview.
  • Green: Rendered previews already exist; playback should not suffer.
  • None: A lack of colored bars denotes clips without rendered previews; playback is expected to remain smooth due to lack of intensive rendering.

How to Render Video

Learning how to render a video in Premiere Pro is quick and easy. Start by marking In and Out points to designate a specific range to be rendered (skip if you wish to render your entire timeline):
  • Position the Current Time Indicator (CTI) where you wish to begin rendering.
  • Pull down the “Marker” menu and click “Mark In” (shortcut: “I”).
  • Repeat the above for the desired ending position, but choose “Mark Out” from the pull-down menu (shortcut: “O”).

Next, pull down the “Sequence” menu and choose “Render In to Out”. A window will display the operation’s progress and expected time remaining. Once it has completed, your project or selection will be rendered, indicated by green bars on the Timeline.

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