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chris miller
After Effects CS4 won't playback in real time
on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:09:17 pm

After Effects CS4 won't playback in real time even if I drop it down to 1/4 resolution?

my system is good:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 2.5 GHz
8 GB Ram
Windows 7 64 bit
Video card Nvidia 9500GT 1GB PCI-E - OPEN GL Compliant

Any ideas?


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keith mcgregor
Re: After Effects CS4 won't playback in real time
on Jul 5, 2010 at 7:34:43 pm

As long as you are using the ram preview and waiting for it to cashe there should
Be no prob. Double check your multiprocessor setting in prefs. Maybe change those settings
And see what happens. -B

Reality? What did you make it?


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chris miller
Re: After Effects CS4 won't playback in real time
on Jul 5, 2010 at 7:48:38 pm

Tried changing them but no different.

I have not even added anything to the clip, just trying to play it??

This is weird. I use Sony Vegas all the time no problem.


Is is because it is a 1080p 24 file maybe?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: After Effects CS4 won't playback in real time
on Jul 5, 2010 at 8:01:51 pm

I see that you're a fist-time poster. It would seem likely that you're also a new AE user, too. I'll assume that's so.

After Effects is nothing like any other video-friendly application you may have used. It doesn't work like any other, either. You can't play anything, it's not intuitive by any means and you have to walk before you run with it: it's no good learning a couple of tricks right off the bat.

Without the basics, this application will truly confound and frustrate you. Fortunately, there is no need to fear.

Adobe's own AE documentation guy, Todd Kopriva, has thoughtfully compiled extremely helpful information for the new user:

http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/01/getting-started-with-after-eff.h...

Read EVERYTHING, go to the links within, and you'll be well on your way to unlocking this program's secrets.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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chris miller
Re: After Effects CS4 won't playback in real time
on Jul 5, 2010 at 8:13:47 pm

Thanks for the info!!! I will get on it.


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Michael Szalapski
Re: After Effects CS4 won't playback in real time
on Jul 6, 2010 at 1:30:36 pm

I highly agree with Dave. You absolutely must have a grasp of the basics in AE or you will fall down frustrated and cry. Well, maybe not cry, but you get the idea.

As to your original question, this might help. But seriously, go to Dave's link and read it all and all of its links.

- The Great Szalam
(The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble')

No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand electrons were mildly inconvenienced.


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chris miller
Re: After Effects CS4 won't playback in real time
on Jul 6, 2010 at 6:27:59 pm

I really appreciate you input, thanks!

Yah it is not like any of the other programs I have used in regards to previews! C


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