Smart Rendering in Adobe Premiere Pro


This article is from the new website — Creative Cloud User The latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC adds some real power under the hood. When it comes to export your final project, you can often take advantage of Smart Rendering. To use this feature is pretty simple.

  • Use a media format that supports smart rendering.
  • Put that media into a a sequence with matching settings. This is easy to do by simply right-clicking on a clip and choosing New Sequence From Clip.
  • Export to a self-contained file that matches the same format. This can be done by checking the Match Sequence Settings box in the Export dialog.

Additionally, if you’ve gone the extra step of setting up a sequence and set the preview format to matches the source material, you’re in luck. Just choose the "Use Preview Files" option an Adobe Premiere Pro will also attempt to smart render the preview files during export.

Whenever possible, Adobe Premiere Pro will query each asset during the export. It will check to see if the asset can be smart rendered. If it can, then the app will use it. If not, then regular rendering kicks in. The good news is that Smart Rendering is fairly automatic and if you work with a primary format that’s supported, you can see some real gains in productivity.

These formats are supported:

  • DV
  • XDCAM HD (in OP1a MXF format)
  • XDCAM EX (in MP4 within BPAV folder structure)
  • AVC-I (in OP1a MXF format)
  • DNxHD (in OP1a MXF format)
  • DNxHD (in QuickTime)
  • ProRes (in QuickTime)
  • Animation (in QuickTime)