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jeremy freedsMost efficient way to render
by on Jun 4, 2013 at 9:54:47 pm

Curious about your workflows can I be most efficient with my computer's capabilities?

My project is a 3d animation of a digitally created television screen. It is complete with three layers of video (Red, Green, And Blue), some glitchy static, blurring for depth of field and a relatively complex camera move.

My question applies to this project but more so the general topic of rendering a processor intensive project out of After Effects. How do YOU render? Separate computers? Multiple computers? Any tips for the render queue?


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jeremy freedsRe: Most efficient way to render
by on Jun 4, 2013 at 10:02:30 pm

Btw.. here are my computer specs:

Mac Pro

2 x 2.66 GHz 6 core intel


I am working on my schools comp

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Walter SoykaRe: Most efficient way to render
by on Jun 5, 2013 at 2:48:57 pm

[jeremy freeds] "2 x 2.66 GHz 6 core intel

First and foremost: buy more RAM!

Ae's multiprocessing feature works by launching multiple instances of the After Effects renderer (up to 1 per virtual core on your CPUs), and each requires its own RAM.

Without multiprocessing, you are only using a small fraction of your computer's resources. With multiprocessing but without ample RAM, you will not provide your CPUs enough working memory to do their jobs and your render will actually be slower than if it were off.

I generally recommend 4 GB per core. My 12-core workstations are each configured with 48GB - 64GB of RAM.

Walter Soyka
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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Most efficient way to render
by on Jun 4, 2013 at 10:03:25 pm

It would help if you post your system specs, OS and AE version.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist

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Todd KoprivaRe: Most efficient way to render
by on Jun 5, 2013 at 3:17:48 am

See this page for resources about making After Effects work faster:

Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
After Effects quality engineering
After Effects team blog

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