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Ted Moore
AE CS4 - OSX Snow Leopard and render times...
on Jan 15, 2010 at 3:52:35 pm

I have a 3:30 project that has about :34 of animations and an imported pre-rendered quicktime, about 3:00 in length...

I'm using a Mac Pro running 10.6.2 with dual quad-core 2.8 Xeons and 8GB of RAM with 2.25 internal TB of storage along with BlackMagic Extreme HD for Preview... That seems beefy enough to render anything fairly quickly...

The 3:30 project took almost 4 hours to render... I noticed that the processors were using 6% - 10% of 3GB...

I have the following settings:

OpenGL OFF
Multiprocessing ON
2GB per CPU
Faster Rendering (2.37 GB per CPU)
Internal Scratch Drive (1TB) for caching

Any suggestions as to why the render times are so long? Do I have a few dip-switches in the wrong positions? Am I the dip-switch...

Calgon take me away!

Thanks,
Ted


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Dave LaRonde
Re: AE CS4 - OSX Snow Leopard and render times...
on Jan 15, 2010 at 4:22:42 pm

[Ted Moore] "I'm using a Mac Pro running 10.6.2 with dual quad-core 2.8 Xeons and 8GB of RAM...
Multiprocessing ON
2GB per CPU "


A little arithmetic is often helpful. You've got two quad-core processors -- a total of 8 cores -- and you've set up multiprocessing to use 2GB/core. That's a total of 16 GB, right?
However, you only have 8 GB on your machine, right?

I'm certainly not the brightest candle in the AE chandelier, but even I see the discrepancy. I'd say you'd be wise to read the following as your next diagnostic step:

http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2009/12/performance-tip-dont-starve-yo.h...

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Todd Kopriva
Re: AE CS4 - OSX Snow Leopard and render times...
on Jan 15, 2010 at 4:51:41 pm

Also, you must update to After Effects CS4 (9.0.2) if you're using Snow Leopard.

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