Premiere Elements: Why won't PRE 10 transitions play unless fully rendered?

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Why do my transitions not play unless I do a full render with Premiere Elements 10? It is not rendering in the background automatically. My system configuration is i7 2600k, 16gb, 120gb ssd c: drive, Video files are on 2tb 7200rpm sata, video is intel integrated through Z68 motherboard. win 7 64bit.
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Transitions do not render in the background automatically.

Footage in the timeline needs to be rendered when it doesn't already exist as a video file on the computer. Rendering creates a proxy video file that is used for playback while editing the footage.

The point of rendering is to get real-time playback of changes to existing footage without them having to be cached for one time playback. A permanent file is created by rendering, simply playback creates frames on the fly which are removed afterward.

So your transitions should play without rendering, but they could be so CPU intensive that real-time playback is not possible. In this case, rendering is required and all rendering in Premiere Elements is manual.
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Thank you for your response. I have a really fast processor and thought that integrated graphics on the motherboard would handle it. I was wrong. The problem was solved after installing a video card. Now transitions play on the fly without rendering. So much for Intel integrated graphics.
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The main problem with integrated graphic chipsets is that they share system resources. This means that part of your RAM is being used by the chipset, while a video card has it's own built-in memory (VRAM), which it not only has exclusive use of, but also has faster access to. Having a real video card is definitely the way to go if you are going to be editing anything, especially video.