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Create Videos Faster on the Go with AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors and Radeon RX Graphics for Laptops

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Content creators across the globe, like all of us, are facing many challenges in the world everyone is living in today. They are having to change the way they create, and mobile solutions are a key part of this. Using a laptop for content creation workflows such as video editing gives creators the flexibility to create from anywhere -- however, finding a system with the right balance between power and portability for creative work can be difficult.

Creators want a system that is both thin and light yet still capable of powering through the most complex Adobe Premiere Pro video editing projects and laptops powered by AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics can deliver this. Our new AMD Ryzen 4000 U-Series Mobile Processors equipped with up to eight “Zen 2” cores bring a new level of content creation performance to ultrathin laptops. And for creators looking for even more oomph on the go, our AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors bring desktop-caliber performance to laptop form factors1 where this was not possible before.

AMD GPU Hardware-Accelerated Video Encoding Support in Adobe Premiere Pro

Today’s creative workflows don’t just use the power of your CPU as many of the most popular content creation applications can also leverage the power of your system’s graphics card to boost creative performance even further. Video editing applications like Premiere Pro have long been able to utilize the power of your GPU -- for example, its Mercury Playback Engine uses OpenCL with AMD graphics cards to accelerate tasks like rendering video effects.

But what you have not been able to do up until now is use your graphics card to speed up the final step in your Premiere Pro video creation journey – exporting your final edited masterpiece. That all changed this past May when Adobe released the 14.2 update to Premiere Pro (and Adobe Media Encoder) that added hardware-accelerated encoding support for the H.264 and HEVC formats2 for AMD GPUs on Windows.

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This update uses AMD AMF (Advanced Media Framework) multimedia processing technology to speed up video encoding on systems with any AMD GPU, including the AMD Radeon Graphics built into every AMD Ryzen U-Series mobile processor. That means even ultrathin AMD powered laptops that don’t have a dedicated graphics card can now deliver faster video exports in Premiere Pro, letting you complete that critical project that much faster.

And, of course, you can still step up to a system with an AMD Ryzen H-Series Mobile Processor with a discrete AMD Radeon RX graphics card for even more video encoding horsepower for the most demanding projects.

AMD Powered Ultrathin Laptops for Faster Video Editing Workflows

With AMD GPU-accelerated video encoding enabled in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 and higher, ultrathin laptops powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 U-Series Mobile Processors can export 4K content up to 29% faster3.

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When tested with the 14-inch Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 (also known as the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 in North America) with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, the built-in AMD Radeon Graphics was able to export a 4-minute extremely high-quality Apple ProRes 4444 4K 60p QuickTime video clip to the Premiere Pro H.264 4K YouTube preset in 12:20 minutes versus the 17:22 minutes it took when exporting with just the CPU.

That’s 5 minutes saved for a short, simple 4K video export, letting you move on to your project’s next stage sooner or enough time for a quick coffee break  – and just imagine how much time would be saved when exporting complex longer-form content.

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As can be seen in the chart above, faster video encoding in Premiere Pro 14.2 is not just reserved for our top of the stack U-series processor. You’ll also be able to see comparable improvements in export times when using other AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processors, such as when using the HP ENVY x360 13z Convertible PC with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U (25% faster4) and the HP ENVY x360 15z Convertible PC with an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U (26% faster5).

 

Step Up to the New Standard in Mobile Video Editing Performance

For uncompromised mobile content creation performance though, stepping up to a laptop with the “AMD Advantage” -- the combination of an AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processor, discrete AMD Radeon RX 5000 Series Graphics for Laptops, AMD Software, and custom technologies like AMD SmartShift -- will take your Premiere Pro workflows to another level.

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For example, with Premiere Pro 14.2 (and higher) GPU hardware-accelerated encoding support, the AMD Radeon RX 5600M graphics card found in the new AMD Ryzen 7 4800H powered Dell G5 15 Special Edition laptop exports the same 4-minute Apple ProRes 4444 4K 60p QuickTime video clip to the H.264 4K YouTube preset in 5:16 minutes -- up to 43% faster than software-only (CPU) video encoding6.

Additionally, if you compare all the results in the charts above and below, there is a clear benefit from stepping up to a system with a dedicated graphics card, with the Dell G5 15 SE being able to export the video clip in significantly less time than the already fast systems with integrated AMD Radeon graphics.

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Similarly, the AMD Radeon RX 5500M graphics card in the MSI Bravo 17 laptop with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H can export to the H.264 4K YouTube preset in 6:06 minutes, clearly showing the benefits of using a system with discrete graphics with Adobe Premiere Pro, and also 35% faster than encoding without GPU-acceleration on the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H alone7.

 

Adobe + AMD Enable High-Performance Video Editing from Anywhere

“Close collaboration with hardware vendors like AMD enables the optimization of our applications for next-generation CPU and GPU technologies,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for the Adobe video team. “We’re seeing terrific progress across the board, which directly benefits our users. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of engineering teams on both sides, we will continue to make performance gains for video and animation production workflows, wherever our users are working.”

Creators looking for a mobile system for their projects should look no further than a laptop equipped with an AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processor that delivers the performance to do more, from anywhere – faster than ever before8. And for video editing workflows, the 14.2 (and higher) update to Adobe Premiere Pro enables even better performance on AMD Ryzen Mobile systems with support for AMD GPU-accelerated hardware video encoding.

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Ultrathin laptops with AMD Ryzen 4000 U-Series Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics deliver the ultimate balance of portability and performance for on the go video editing with Premiere Pro. And laptops with AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors and discrete AMD Radeon RX graphics provide uncompromising desktop-caliber performance for more demanding Premiere Pro video editing workflows.

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Alexander Blake-Davies is a Professional Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third-party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

Footnotes

  1. The AMD Ryzen 7 4800H mobile processor offers desktop-caliber performance for content creation. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 04/29/2020 utilizing a Ryzen 7 4800H mobile processor-based reference system at 45W TDP and an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 desktop processor-based reference system at 65W TDP, in the following benchmarks: Cinebench R20 1T and nT, Adobe Premiere Pro CPU, POV-Ray nT, and LAME MP3 encoder. Performance may vary. RM3H-30
  2. HEVC (H.265), H.264, and VP9 acceleration are subject to and not operable without the inclusion/installation of compatible HEVC players. GD-81
  3. The AMD Ryzen 7 4800U offers up to 29% faster GPU hardware-accelerated 4K video encoding to the "YouTube 2160p 4K Ultra HD" preset than software-accelerated (CPU) encoding when using Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 06/02/20 utilizing a 14-inch Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 (also known as the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 in North America) laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 with hardware-accelerated encoding enabled vs. disabled. Results may vary. RM3-294
  4. The AMD Ryzen 5 4500U offers up to 25% faster GPU hardware-accelerated 4K video encoding to the "YouTube 2160p 4K Ultra HD" preset than software-accelerated (CPU) encoding when using Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 06/02/20 utilizing an HP ENVY x360 13z Convertible PC with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 with hardware-accelerated encoding enabled vs. disabled. Results may vary. RM3-292
  5. The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U offers up to 26% faster GPU hardware-accelerated 4K video encoding to the "YouTube 2160p 4K Ultra HD" preset than software-accelerated (CPU) encoding when using Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 06/02/20 utilizing an HP ENVY x360 15z Convertible PC with an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 with hardware-accelerated encoding enabled vs. disabled. Results may vary. RM3-293
  6. The AMD Radeon RX 5600M offers up to 43% faster GPU hardware-accelerated 4K video encoding to the "YouTube 2160p 4K Ultra HD" preset than software-accelerated (CPU) encoding with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H when using Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 06/02/20 utilizing a Dell G5 15 Special Edition laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and AMD Radeon RX 5600M in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 with hardware-accelerated encoding enabled vs. disabled. Results may vary. RM3H-47
  7. The AMD Radeon RX 5500M offers up to 35% faster GPU hardware-accelerated 4K video encoding to the "YouTube 2160p 4K Ultra HD" preset than software-accelerated (CPU) encoding with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H when using Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 06/02/20 utilizing an MSI Bravo 17 laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and AMD Radeon RX 5500M in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 with hardware-accelerated encoding enabled vs. disabled. Results may vary. RM3H-46
  8. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 11/22/2019 utilizing the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U vs. 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 3700U in Cinebench R20 Benchmark. Results may vary. RM3-06.

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1 Comment
Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Thank you for the article and some benchmarks data alexander.blake-davies!

I’d be interested in a follow up article referencing performance improvements for those cutting, grading and delivering footage via DaVinci Resolve (DR). Unlike Premiere Pro, DR supports AMD GPU-accelerated hardware decoding of h264/5 files, in addition to hardware-accelerated video encoding to h264/5 file format.

 

I’d like to see AMD CPU+GPU powered laptops with a dedicated VRAM equal or better exceeding 8 GB. Mobile content creators require high quality screen panels with priority to color accuracy, wide color gamut coverage (AdobeRGB & DCI-P3), 400+ nits of brightness, etc. Thunderbolt ports, please? As of today, I can't find an AMD CPU & GPU powered laptop meeting these criteria.