How To Enable GPU Cuda in Adobe CS6 for Mac

A lot of folks were complaining about how most GPU accelerated graphics cards are not supported in Adobe’s new Premiere Pro and After Effects CS6 applications.

Thankfully there is a simple and quick fix that allows you to enable your GPU videocard to be supported that makes the editing experience so much better.

I take just six minutes to show you how to complete this on a Mac.

Now, let me also say, not every video card (Nvidia Geforce) will work. There are still some requirements.

  1. Your videocard must be Nvidia (Supports CUDA). At this time, ATI does not work.
  2. Your videocard needs to have at least 896MB of onboard memory.
  3. Your memory needs to be DDR3 or DDR5. DDR2 is too slow and you will see performance issues in Premiere Pro.

You can download the following ZIP file that includes all of the required steps for the modification.



So what is GPU? This stands for Graphics Processing Unit. Adobe uses CUDA that was designed by Nvidia and this gives 3d artists and now video editors and motion graphic designers the ability to use their videocard’s processing power to preview effects in realtime at smooth playback frame rates. Most video editing applications only use the CPU (central processing unit) for rendering and previewing which this method has many performance limitations.

With technology always improving, our workflow becomes better and faster every day! Gotta love it!