Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit (6.1, Build 7601)
Bios Ver: 08.00.10
Intel Core i7 CPU Q720 @ 1.60Ghz (8 CPUs), ~1.6GHz
Memory 6144MB RAM
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Been having this issue lately. I had a pretty intense project using form, cameras, etc. Well due to the length in rendering time and how it has shut down the use of other programs, I rendered my animation out with an alpha, then went back and combined two animations that have been rendered together. One from 3DS Max and one from AE. These are in a comp together. I figured this would help cut down on hogging my RAM and my processor but still things are "chugging" along. When I render I'm getting the message: Multiprocessing is off and Insufficient RAM. I have multiprocessing on and should have enough RAM. This has only been happening lately. I also have opened up my task manager and been monitoring my performance and everything seems fine.
Yup. A very good idea, in fact: you're extremely light on memory for AE's multiprocessing. I'm not foolin': 6 gigs sounds like a ton, but AE is the ultimate memory hog.
Consider this: at work I have a dual quad-core machine and 8 GB RAM. I don't use multiprocessing because I don't have enough memory to use it effectively. At home, I have a dual quad-core with 24 GB RAM, and multiprocessing works like a charm.
Thanks for the answers guys. Yeah, it's funny but 6 or 8 gigs use to seem like a lot. I'm getting a Mac in the next month or two...used but I believe the RAM can go up to 32 if I'm correct. Then I just need to invest in Adobe Production Studio for MAC!
I will turn multiprocessing off and read what Dave sent. For now I just have to get by with what I have!