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Hamish PatersonMac won't preview in real time
by on Feb 22, 2012 at 12:25:26 pm

The company I'm at is running After Effects 5.0 on a Mac. I can scrub through the timeline, but it either crashes or just sits there not previewing. The specs for the machine seem ok - are there some preference settings I need to look at?

Machine specs:

Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 2
Total Number Of Cores: 8
L2 Cache (per processor): 12 MB
Memory: 16 GB
Bus Speed: 1.6 GHz
Boot ROM Version: MP31.006C.B05

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT:

Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Type: GPU
Bus: PCIe
Slot: Slot-1
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 512 MB
Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0602
Revision ID: 0x00a2
ROM Revision: 3233

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Kevin CampRe: Mac won't preview in real time
by on Feb 22, 2012 at 3:50:57 pm

it sounds like you are new to the computer, so i might reset the preference file an see where that get you.

hold command+option+shift while starting up ae to reset the preferences to the default settings, and then see if ae doesn't run better.

after that i'd look at the relative information that todd kopriva lists here (in particular the recommended ram settings):

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer

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