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Scott Renaud
Shared media storage in After Effects
on Jul 22, 2013 at 4:43:14 pm

What is the best way to have shared media set up so it can be accessed from multiple machines without compromising speed?

Currently we have a central network share that is accessed through windows sharing. The drive is a raid system that is lightning fast, and we're connected via 1Gbps ethernet. Copying to and from this drive is very fast.

However, using footage that is stored on that drive in after effects (mostly tif sequences rendered from 3D), makes things really slow. Just scrubbing through a sequence in the player window becomes painfully slow. Forget trying to do comps with any kind of speed. I usually resort to copying the footage to a local drive and then copying back afterwards.. This is a pain.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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