Slow computers and 4K video editing doesn’t go together. But there’s an option in Premiere Pro that creates low resolution proxies in a very fast workflow.

If you buy a new camera these day, chances are pretty big it can shoot 4K. A wonderful and super sharp resolution that we must embrace. But the downside is in the editing. 4K video files require a lot more resources and if you have an old or slow computer, it might not edit so fluent.

The solution to this problem is to work with proxies. This is nothing new, but the workflow in the latest Adobe Premiere Pro update is. Essentially you’ll transcode your 4K clips into low resolution videos which you’ll use in the editing. These lower resolution clips are called proxies. Once you’re done editing you replace everything back with the original 4K clips.

Adobe Premiere Pro made it so easy that it will do all of these steps in the background. When creating a new project you can locate the ‘ingest settings’ tab, from which you can enable to work with proxies. Once you’ve done that you can important you 4K files and start editing. In the background the media encoder will create proxies.

From the program monitor we can then add a new button which allows us to go back and forward between the proxy file and the 4K clip. So with just one clip on a button we can change the source clips, allowing us to edit faster and export to 4K without all the hassle.