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Hands On: Editing 8K Video with Radeon™ Pro SSG graphics and Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC

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[Originally posted on 04/18/18]

We’ve announced a powerful new solution with Adobe for demanding 4K, 6K and 8K video workflows that enables seamless editing of popular video formats, accelerating the production process while giving editors unprecedented control of their projects using high-resolution, uncompressed footage. The new version of Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC includes native support for Radeon™ Pro SSG graphics card, representing the most compelling solution for high-resolution video production, supporting 4K, 6K and 8K uncompressed footage with the most popular native camera formats, including ARRI AMIRA, Canon XF and RAW, Panasonic AVC and P2, REDCODE® RAW, and Sony XDCAM, XAVC, and RAW.

What is the problem editing 8K?

Dropped frames during playback and unresponsive scrubbing through the project timeline are common experiences while editing 8K footage. This is because video editing high resolution formats, such as 8K, is very CPU intensive. In this first video I’m trying to playback some 8K (8192×4320 24fps) Red clips with effects applied without the Radeon Pro SSG graphics card implementation.

Smooth uncompressed 8K playback with Radeon Pro SSG Graphics

With the exact same 8K Red clips and effects applied, the uncompressed 8K footage rendered to the Radeon Pro SSG graphics card plays back smoothly without frame drops and scrubbing through the timeline is extremely responsive.

How does it work?

Let’s take a closer look at the native Radeon Pro SSG graphics implementation in Premiere Pro.

One of the main benefits to working with Raw REDCODE footage in Premiere Pro is the ability to adjust the RED Raw metadata (ISO, Color Correction, etc) in application and see the adjustments affect the footage in real time. At this stage of the workflow typical users should be able to play back and edit smoothly using a 1/4 preview resolution. This setting downsamples the preview resolution to trade visual fidelity for playback performance. You can also apply accelerated effects such as fade transitions or Lumetri color adjustments to your timeline.

So far with our workflow we’ve been previewing our timeline at a downscaled 1/4 resolution. To preview the timeline in uncompressed 8K, render all or part of the timeline to the Radeon Pro SSG cache using the “Render In to Out” function. After the render is complete you can smoothly playback or scrub the uncompressed 8K footage.

So that’s a quick look at the new Radeon Pro SSG graphics implementation in Adobe Premiere Pro to accelerate your 8K video editing workflows. For more details on installing and setting up the Radeon Pro SSG graphics card in Premiere Pro for the first time, refer to our in-depth solution guide HERE​.

David Tjong, Product Marketing Manager 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