Premiere Pro Benchmark
(PPBM4) is a follow on to PPBM+. It is designed to
be a highly portable, easily reportable, hardware
evaluation tool. It will allow you to optimize your
Premiere Pro hardware configuration and give you solid data for
optimizing your existing system, upgrading your system, or for
selecting a new cost effective configuration.
benchmark was originally designed in 2005 with Premiere Pro 1.5 and was
designed as a hardware evaluation tool for Standard Definition (DV NTSC
format 720 x 480
resolution). It was very usable with Premiere Pro
2.0. Here you can see the old results.
- Now with
the new CS4 version the benchmark had to be
changed. I have also incorporated more meaningful effects
and allowed for recording the output files to a third location (disk
drive) and the preview files to a fourth disk if you so desire.
Since the current release of Premiere is 4.1 it is assumed that you are
using that or a later version.
was an attempt to have this version also for CS3 but it complicated the
problem and I gave up on that idea.
- There is
no HDV, AVCHD or any other format version experience has shown that for
evaluation that plain old SD is the best format.
will be no Mac version, see my problems with a Mac version in the left
- By downloading PPBM4 (below) a 75
file, you will get a
Premiere Pro CS4
project file that can be used to
measure the time it takes to:
- Render the PPBM4 project timeline.
- Export (render) the timeline to a DV
- Export/encode/render the project to a
- The zip file also includes a
timing/information gathering script which writes a simple text file
which when emailed back will
addition of your data to a
spreadsheet which will be published on this site for comparison
- The project file utilizes features built
into Premiere Pro like Color Bars and the Universal Counting Leader
with the usual transitions, effects and transformations and a couple
of included titles, by utilizing these built in functions, a very small
(for easy downloading) complete project is available that anyone can
readily use for optimizing your hardware, comparing and (hopefully)
reporting back to
this central database for the benefit of others.
- Complete directions are included in the
ZIP file. Create a directory like PPBM on your Premiere project
disk and download the PPBM4
file and unzip
that directory. Read
or possibly better yet print out the included PPBM CS4.rtf file for
- The detailed results are published in the
BENCHMARK RESULTS in the left column..
- During the running of the
timing/information gathering script you will be ask a series of 27
questions that may have a bearing on your performance. Click on
"Hardware Characteristics" in the left column to see what questions you
will be asked to answer.
- Yes you are running a script to answer a
series of questions about your configuration and if you have an
anti-virus program it will warn you against doing so. But it is
harmless as many people have looked at it and so should you.