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Rory ChampionAfter Effects CC slow render
by on Sep 25, 2014 at 9:43:31 am


Could someone tell me what the 'real world' recommended system requirements are for AE CC?

I have what i thought should be sufficient in the HP zbook 17 (2.4Ghz + 32GB RAM), but i've recently downloaded an AE template (similar to this which is laboriously slow to render. It's virtually new laptop, so there is plenty of disc space (cache set to 100gb)

Please dont tell me laptops arent ideal, i know this already, but because of company policy no one is allowed PCs! :-/

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Walter SoykaRe: After Effects CC slow render
by on Sep 25, 2014 at 2:27:56 pm

Have you enabled multiprocessing? If so, what are your settings?

I generally recommend leaving a quarter of your total RAM free for other applications, and half your CPU cores on hyperthreaded systems like yours as a starting point.

Walter Soyka
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Rory ChampionRe: After Effects CC slow render
by on Sep 25, 2014 at 2:36:54 pm

Thanks for replying, i've done the following:

1. Enable disc cache, with max. disc cache size of 150gb, and the location as C/Users/username/appdata/local/temp

2. RAM for AE is set to 28.3GB, leaving 3GB reserved for other applications.

3. AE Multiprocessing - I've checked the box which says "Render multiple frames simultaneously". The box called "Only for render queue, not for RAM" remains unchecked.

Installed CPUs:8
CPUs reserved for other applications: 1
RAM allocation per background CPU: 2GB
Actual CPUs that will be used: 7

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Todd KoprivaRe: After Effects CC slow render
by on Sep 25, 2014 at 5:08:14 pm

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

See this page for information about hardware for After Effects:

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

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