Premiere Pro Timeline Rendering

Premiere Pro Timeline Rendering.

Hello everyone! In this tutorial we will learn about Premiere Pro timeline rendering.

If you have spent much time in Premiere Pro, you already know that once a project reaches a certain size and you start piling on effects, real-time playback becomes a real challenge. If you’re anything like me, this causes a lot of frustration, and can negatively impact your workflow. Luckily, there is a way to reduce your frustrations. If you’re done editing a clip, or if you just want to see what an effect will look like without having to reduce your playback quality, you can pre-render specified sections of a sequence right inside the Premiere Pro timeline, and make those clips play back in real time.

The Render Bar

Let’s get started by having a look at the thin, colored bar at the top of your timeline:

Premiere Pro Timeline Rendering the render bar

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This is called The Render Bar. Basically, the color of the Render Bar is a good indicator of the playback quality we can expect from the sequence. Green areas will always play back in real time. Yellow areas might play back in real time, but might not. Red areas might play back in real time, but probably not.

“There are no green areas on that bar,” you say? There will almost never be except under some specific circumstances. Never, that is, until you’ve done a pre-render. The explanation of what determines the bar’s color goes a little deeper than what we need to know here, but if you’re ready to dig in, the Adobe CC Blog goes into greater detail.

Marking In and Out

Now that you have a basic understanding of the render bar, let’s turn those yellow and red clips green. Start by clicking the clip you want to render to select it. Once selected, press Forward Slash(/) on the keyboard to mark In and Out points.

Premiere Pro Timeline Rendering Selected clip and In/Out markers

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Rendering the Clip

Expand the Sequence Menu and click Render In to Out, and wait for the render to complete. The section of the Render Bar inside the In/Out Markers will change to green, and your clip will now play in real time.

Sequence Menu

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Premiere Pro Timeline Rendering Render bar is now green

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And that’s it. You’re done!

Pre-render with the Work Area Bar

But wait, there’s more. If for some reason you can’t or don’t want to use the In/Out markers for pre-rendering, there is another way. Expand the Timeline Menu and check Work Area Bar. You now have a Work Area Bar on your timeline, just like the one in After Effects.

Timeline Menu

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Premiere Pro Timeline Rendering Work Area Bar

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Adjust the width of the bar by dragging the blue handles on either end. Head back up to the Sequence Menu, but this time, select Render Entire Work Area. Wait for the render to finish, and just like before the Render Bar will turn green, and your clip will play back in real time.

Sequence menu with Render Entire  Work Area selected

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Premiere Pro Timeline Rendering Render Bar inside Work Area is now green

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Obviously, the more frames you have selected, the longer the render will take, but it will have a positive impact on your workflow in the long run because you will review your sequence dozens, maybe hundreds of times, and you don’t want to have to export the whole thing just to see what an effect will look like.

Happy Premiere Pro timeline rendering!

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