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.

Download CS6 GPU Fix



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!



Comments 209

  1. When I try to edit the txt file I get “permission denied”. I do have admin privileges. I also can’t seem to locate the file via finder.

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  3. After effect GPU problem with my macbook air Intel HD graphics 5000. please help does this card cant run CUda at all? or do i type the Intel HD graphics 5000 wrong on the raytracer. please help

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  4. Hey I’m trying to fix it but get I try to enter the password on the second window it won’t write it. Can you please tell me what to do?

  5. will this work on the new Mac- Pro ( trash can ) it has a Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each (graphics card and I am running Adobe after effects CC from the creative cloud.


  6. Hey dude I don’t know who you are but 1 thing I know for sure is that you are heaven sent.
    I battled with this for months and got it fixed in less than 1minute. God bless you real gooooooood.
    Worked for me spot on!…Osheeeeeey!

  7. I followed your video instructions “How to Enable GPU Cuda in Adobe CS6 for Mac ” for getting my quadro fx4800 for mac to be recognized by the PP CS6 Mercury Playback Engine that is currently grayed out. The Fx4800 card was already on the list when I ran CPUSniffer. But I copied it to the top of the list anyway. Tried this whole process twice but the Mercury Playback Engine in PP CS6 is still grayed out. I am running on Mac OS 10.10.2, Cuda driver 6.5.46 & Quadro Fx driver 343.02.02f01

    Hope you can offer some advice as to get this card recognized.

    Thanks for your help


  8. sudo nano /Applications/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\ CS6/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\

    hi i have entered the graphic card name in the place you mention in above path of terminal
    but it is not saving, even i pressed ctrl+x and y for yes..
    it is not showing when i cross checked in this path

    sudo nano /Applications/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\ CS6/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\

    pls help me..?

  9. hello there im having an issue, i have 3 video cards working at same time one is ati and another is nvidia quadro 4800 wich is the one that matters for the cuda stuff, the thing is that it is simply not working and i need to work faster with after fx can you lend me a hand in this?

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