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Shahruk Hossain
Is a 3 hour Render Time normal ?
on Sep 13, 2016 at 3:46:11 pm

I am doing a 3D sequence using an element 3D layer which has 15 objects imported into it and 4 layers with Particular on each to simulate fog/cloudy weather.

Motion blur turned on in the element 3d layer
Glow turned on in element 3d
One camera
50 second sequence

The render is taking 3 hours. Is this normal or is it getting stuck somewhere ?

My Specs :
Running After Effects CS6 on
i7 6700K, Z170A motherboard, DDR4 8GB ram, 960 GTX Strix Edition


PS : This is my first post on this forum, so forgive me if I have left out any necessary info

- Best Wishes, Shahruk


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Is a 3 hour Render Time normal ?
on Sep 13, 2016 at 6:26:58 pm

With all those layers using Particular, and all those particles being generated, it sounds about right to me. Especially if it's longer than a minute. But I'm just guessing, using a 1920x1080 comp as a model.

We don't know the duration, the dimensions nor the frame rate of your animation, which makes it difficult to judge.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Shahruk Hossain
Re: Is a 3 hour Render Time normal ?
on Sep 13, 2016 at 8:12:48 pm

Ahh thank you for the reply! Sorry I derped out and forgot to mention the comp settings, 1920 x 1080p , 30fps, 1500 frames

I have turned off the physics factor on the particular layers though, so they are frozen; no new particles are being generated after the first second. I do have Gaussian blur on one of the particular layers to make the particle texture I am using seem more like a fog.

A render on Best Settings took me 3 hrs and 21 minutes

- Best Wishes, Shahruk


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Is a 3 hour Render Time normal ?
on Sep 13, 2016 at 10:41:23 pm

I would say it sounds about right on render time.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Rohan Kolakkar
Re: Is a 3 hour Render Time normal ?
on Sep 14, 2016 at 6:21:13 am

Hi Shahruk,
if it is taking a long time to render out the output. you can render separate layer (separate particle, separate element, separate background) and then compile it together in to new file (if its taking a long time). hope thats works.

Thanks,
Rohan Kolakkar


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Daniel Waldron
Re: Is a 3 hour Render Time normal ?
on Sep 14, 2016 at 1:23:21 pm

Sounds normal. Even a little fast, given your computer specs. ;)


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