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Erik RosenbluhRender Estimates
by on Jan 5, 2013 at 8:13:53 pm

I've been using the Terminal to make my renders out of AE, but it doesn't give me an estimate on how long the render should take. Is it enough time to take a shower, go to the movies, or visit the Galapagos?

Is going through the Terminal and using arender still the optimal way to output from AE? Is there a way to calculate how long it will take?


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audrey paranuikRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 5, 2013 at 9:56:49 pm

usually it will tell you in the FAR right corner


however , thru past experience found that time a BIT OFF!

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Erik RosenbluhRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 5, 2013 at 10:04:33 pm

I'm using the Terminal to render. You're referring to rendering inside After Effects.


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Tom DaigonRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 6, 2013 at 12:47:13 am

What is the Terminal? That is software I am not familiar with.

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Erik RosenbluhRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 6, 2013 at 12:51:06 am

Are you running a Mac or PC, cuz the terminal is a utility in the Mac OS. Supposed to be faster for rendering AE projects?


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Tom DaigonRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 6, 2013 at 1:00:15 am

Oh, that Terminal. Im on a PC (HP Z820) . I use Adobe Media Encoder (which Adobe suggests as an alternative to just exporting from AE) and I get fast export times, of course depending on what the nature of the comps are.

I havent heard any info about using Terminal to export from AE at all.

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Ridley WalkerRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 6, 2013 at 1:02:29 am

Tom:

See this for more info on Terminal Rendering

http://lesterbanks.com/2012/04/how-to-render-after-effects-projects-using-t...


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Tom DaigonRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 6, 2013 at 2:14:10 am

Thanks for the link Ridley. Looks interesting but nothing I would need in my work flows.

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Ridley WalkerRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 6, 2013 at 1:22:21 am

I'm not aware of any method for Terminal to estimate render times.

The Terminal render method I'm familiar with invokes the After Effects Render Engine but without a front end GUI which is what one sees in AE.

Perhaps some clever scripter could write a hook that polls the Render Engine for an estimated render time.

I've found those times wildly inaccurate since AE seems to guess based on the time it takes to render the current frame and assumes that all future frames will take as long.

An alternative is to use Adobe Media Encoder to render, which still allows you to work in AE while AME renders in the background.

Of course YMMV depending on the nature of the render and the hardware specs.


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Darby EdelenRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 6, 2013 at 6:29:43 am

[Ridley Walker] "I've found those times wildly inaccurate since AE seems to guess based on the time it takes to render the current frame and assumes that all future frames will take as long."

I believe it's based on the current average frame render time rather than the current frame only.

Render time of all previous frames / the number of frames currently rendered * the number of remaining frames = your estimated time remaining.

Still not entirely accurate, but close if your render has a relatively constant render load across its duration.

Darby Edelen


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Walter SoykaRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 6, 2013 at 2:15:35 pm

[Erik Rosenbluh] "I've been using the Terminal to make my renders out of AE, but it doesn't give me an estimate on how long the render should take. Is it enough time to take a shower, go to the movies, or visit the Galapagos?"

As the others have mentioned, there's no way I'm aware of to estimate render time from the command line. If you rendered to an image sequence, you might be able to hack something together that counts the number of rendered and written frames in the output folder, looks at the total render time so far, and extrapolates to the total number of frames in the project (this should provide similar results to the Ae render estimate per Darby).

However, may I ask why you are rendering with the command line versus rendering in the GUI? If you want to render something in the background while you work in the foreground, have you seen Ae CS6's new "Cache work area in background" feature [link]?

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Erik RosenbluhRe: Render Estimates
by on Jan 6, 2013 at 10:07:50 pm

I'm rendering in Terminal because several tutorials I've seen recommend it over the GUI.

- Render while still working on your After Effects project file.
- Render from multiple machines.
- Render Multiple projects simultaneously
- Render using allotments of 2 gigs of RAM from your machine

But perhaps I should look into the Cache work area in the background thing.

Thanks


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