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Very large Comp size help
on Nov 13, 2007 at 4:20:59 pm

We have a project due for a very big, very important client. They are doing a presentation in which a round theater is surrounded by HD projections. There are 20 screens.

The goal is to make the viewers feel as if they are looking out into an environment as if the screens were windows.

The problem. We rendered out frames out of MAX that are roughly 20,115x1080. We then pre-comped those into several smaller 1920x1080 individual screens.

These comps take about 8 hours to render and we did the math. With the computers we have now this will not make deadline.

If anyone can think of ways to optimize our renders to get faster render times that would be great. We are using CS3 and have the multiple processor options turned on.

Thanks in advance.

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Steve Roberts
Re: Very large Comp size help
on Nov 13, 2007 at 5:52:31 pm

Nucleo Pro should help, but I haven't tried it with CS3.

If you're still not pinning your processors at the max, you can try the old trick of rendering to still sequences with multiple instances of AE:

You have to render to stills using this technique, with "skip existing files" on. I recommend rendering to stills anyway in case of a crash, since you have no margin for error.

Of course, hide AE or use caps lock so AE doesn't have to refresh the screen.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Very large Comp size help
on Nov 13, 2007 at 10:11:45 pm

Turns out the person who was rendering the render time tests was not only pulling files off the network, but rendering to it as well.

Once we copied the files locally and rendered locally, the render flew.

Next time we will just ask the person running the test to be more aware.

Joseph S Hayden
Digital Compositor @ Neoscape INC

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