Adobe Premiere Pro users have been reporting a specific error when they apply effects on the video they’re working on. The error message says “This effect requires GPU acceleration“, and users have been getting it regardless they have enabled GPU acceleration or not. If you’re in the same boat, no worries. We’ve got a few working fixes you can try.

Try these fixes…

1: Enable GPU Acceleration

2: Update your graphics driver

3: Change the order of effects

4: Update any third-party effect

Fix 1: Enable GPU Acceleration

First of all, you need to make sure the GPU acceleration feature is actually enabled for your Premiere Pro. Here’s how:

  1. Run Premiere Pro. Click Files >> Project Settings >> General.
  2. Under the Video Renderer and Playback section, make sure your Renderer is set to Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration.
  3. Save the changes and test the issue again.
CUDA is a programming model that only works on NVIDIA GPUs, while OpenCL is the one for AMD GPUs but also works on NVIDIA GPUs as well. So if you don’t have an NVIDIA GPU but the effect you used is programmed with CUDA, you may get the error.

Fix 2: Update your graphics driver

An outdated or faulty graphics driver could cause trigger random issues in Premiere Pro. You may want to check if your graphics driver is up-to-date and functioning properly.

There are two ways to keep your graphics card driver up-to-date. One is to manually update it via Device Manager. Sometimes Windows may not be able to detect the latest available update, so you would need to search on the manufacturer’s website. Be sure to choose only the driver that is compatible with your Windows version.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience, or computer skills to update your driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for your exact graphics card and your Windows version, then it will download and install the driver correctly:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. Click the Update button next to the flagged graphics card driver to automatically download the correct version of the driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

    Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Restart your PC for the new driver to take effect. If updating the graphics driver doesn’t solve your problem, try the next fix.

Fix 3: Change the order of effects

This fix only applies when you’re using multiple effects on your video clip, but it has helped many users with this specific error.

If you’re applying multiple effects to your clip, and the error banner pops up after you use a certain effect, then you know that effect could be problematic. You can drag this effect to the top of the list, or change the general order of all the effects to see if it makes a difference.

If it doesn’t help, there’s one more fix you can try.

Fix 4: Update any third-party effect

You may get this error if the problem effect is a third-party one and it’s outdated or faulty. While you might regularly update Premiere Pro and all the default effects, you may forget to update the third-party plugins and effects as well, which could cause compatibility issues and trigger random errors. You can try updating those, if you use any, and test the issue.


Hopefully this article helps! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment down below.

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