FIX: This Effect Requires GPU Acceleration Error in Premiere Pro

When applying effects to the video they’re working on, Adobe Premiere Pro users have been reporting a specific issue. The error notice reads, “This effect requires GPU acceleration,” and users have received it whether or not GPU acceleration is enabled. No concerns if you’re in the same boat. You can test a handful of our working fixes.

How To Fix “This Effect Requires GPU Acceleration” In Premiere Pro

Method 1: Enable GPU Acceleration

First and foremost, make sure that the GPU acceleration feature in Premiere Pro is turned on. Here’s how to do it:

1. Run Premiere Pro. Go to Files >> Project Settings >> General.

2. Make sure your Renderer is set to Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration in the Video Renderer and Playback section.

3. Save your adjustments and re-test the problem.

Note: CUDA is a programming model that exclusively works on NVIDIA GPUs, whereas OpenCL is a programming model that works on both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. You can get the error if you don’t have an NVIDIA GPU but the effect you applied is CUDA-programmed.

Method 2: Update your graphics driver

Random difficulties with Premiere Pro can be caused by an outdated or malfunctioning graphics driver. You should make sure your graphics driver is up to current and working properly.

You can maintain your graphics card driver up to date in two ways. One option is to use Device Manager to manually update it. If Windows is unable to detect the most recent available update, you will need to go to the manufacturer’s website to look for it. Make certain that the driver you select is compatible with your Windows version.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience, or computer skills to manually update your drivers, Driver Easy can do it for you. Driver Easy will detect your system and locate the correct driver for your specific graphics card and Windows version, which it will then download and install correctly:

1. Download and install Driver Easy on your computer .

2. Run Driver Easy and select Scan Now from the menu. After that, Driver Easy will check your computer for any problematic drivers.

3. To automatically download the correct version of the graphics card driver, click the Update icon next to it. You can then manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

Alternatively, you can select Update All to have all the missing or out-of-date drivers on your system immediately downloaded and installed.

(The Pro version is required for this, which includes full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee.) When you click Update All, you’ll be asked to upgrade.)

Tip: The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with comprehensive technical support.

Please contact Driver Easy’s support team at if you require further assistance.

For the new driver to take effect, restart your computer. If updating the graphics driver doesn’t help, move on to the next step.

Method 3: Change the order of effects

This solution only works if you’re using many effects on your video clip, but it’s helped a lot of others with this problem.

If you’re using numerous effects on your video and the error banner appears after using one of them, you know the effect is incorrect. To test if it makes a difference, drag this effect to the top of the list or modify the overall order of all the effects.

There’s one more thing you can try if that doesn’t work.

Method 4: Update any third-party effect

If the problem effect is a third-party one that is obsolete or malfunctioning, you may see this error. While you may update Premiere Pro and all of the default effects on a regular basis, you may neglect to update third-party plugins and effects, which can lead to compatibility issues and odd errors. Whether you use any of these, you can try updating them to see if the problem persists.

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