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Mike MacKenzie
Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 12, 2013 at 6:50:31 pm

I'm hoping this is just me being stupid (as it often is), but I'm working in a ray traced comp and Fast Draft is not an option. Any ideas why?
Thanks!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 12, 2013 at 7:34:56 pm

The Adobe folks assumed that an up-to-date computer can handle more complex images. You still have the options of draft quality on a per-layer basis and reducing the resolution of the comp window: half, third, quarter, what have you.

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 12, 2013 at 7:36:00 pm

See this page for details of requirements for Fast Draft:
http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/2012/05/gpu-cuda-opengl-features-in-aft...

It may be that your OpenGL driver needs updating.

Also, show a screenshot of your Composition panel so that we can see what you're seeing.

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Mike MacKenzie
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 12, 2013 at 7:58:32 pm

Here are what I think are the relevant screens:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/88770607@N06/8469150004/

As for updating the Open GL drivers, it is my (shakey) understanding that this is included in OS X updates, and I am up to date in that regard.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 12, 2013 at 8:05:49 pm

Ray-tracing REALLY slows down AE... just so you know. If you don't have the proper kind of card in your machine, it's sheer agony.

I also see an interesting comp in terms of frame rate and horizontal & vertical dimensions. What sort of device can play back something like that?

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Mike MacKenzie
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 12, 2013 at 8:12:03 pm

RT is slow, but is doable on my system, although Fast Draft is usually necessary while working things out.
The comp is for a multi-monitor setup that happens on the Reuters tower in Times Square.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:11:21 pm

Ah, then there is no issue of delivery specs. All too many people who post here forget about them.

Which leaves us with Todd's recommended link and request.

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Mike MacKenzie
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 12, 2013 at 11:35:23 pm

Tne layer comp, nothing my mac couldn't handle before. This is why I think I must have accidentally toggled some setting by accident, but can't find any way to toggle it back.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/88770607@N06/8468552233/

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 13, 2013 at 9:25:20 pm

Make sure that you don't have any other software taking up VRAM. The best way to test this is to restart the computer and then only start After Effects when it restarts.

If that doesn't work, post screenshots of your GPU Information dialog box in After Effects (click the GPU Information button in Previews category of the Preferences dialog box).

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Mike MacKenzie
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 13, 2013 at 11:05:49 pm

Didn't help.

GPU:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/88770607@N06/8472323350/

Here are my memory settings as well, in case they should be allocated differently.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/88770607@N06/8471227665/

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 13, 2013 at 11:21:04 pm

It seems that your OpenGL driver is out of date. What you should see for Shader Model is something like "4.0 or later", but the entry for your GPU is a dash, showing that this feature is not made available to After Effects by your card/driver.

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Mike MacKenzie
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 13, 2013 at 11:24:50 pm

I'm a little out of my depth here, technically.
This is my card driver info:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/88770607@N06/8471267551/

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 13, 2013 at 11:41:06 pm

It's not the CUDA driver that's the issue. That's a different thing.

See this page for what appears to be the most recent version of your OpenGL driver:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/macosx-304.00.05f02-driver.html

Compare that version 304.x with your 295.x.

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Mike MacKenzie
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 14, 2013 at 3:42:10 am

Updated drivers did it, thanks!

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Why is Fast Draft disabled?
on Feb 14, 2013 at 4:29:32 am

Glad you got it sorted.

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