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Andy ChapmanCS3 Render Fail
by on Jul 15, 2010 at 10:14:20 am

hey cowpeople again,
i have a query about rendering, i have a 2gb pc, so not brilliant i know, but i have rendered other projects in cs3 before, 30 secs + with a fair amount of effects on, but now when i try to render a clip 10 seconds long, i just get render fail after about 1 minute or so.
i have tried different setting like, wmv, avi, mpeg and quicktime etc and still doesnt render,
is their any other methods to render easily and still keep pretty good quality
Cheers in advance

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Ian McBainRe: CS3 Render Fail
by on Jul 15, 2010 at 2:28:18 pm

It could be any number of your effects that are preventing the render. It could also be the size of your composition. If you provide some more details, maybe someone could help.

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Andy ChapmanRe: CS3 Render Fail
by on Jul 15, 2010 at 3:33:25 pm

the project itslef is 224kb, which is nothing compared to previous projects, andl ikei said,it has only just started doing this.

The effects i have on are Keylight 1.2, matte choker and toon it! outlines and the clips are no longer than 7 seconds

it gets to 1 minute 19 seconds or around there, maximum was 20 minutes though, and then fails, is there anyway to bring up why it fails, i log errors only, the properties are set to half and a third, because i thourght it was that, i have rendered in avi wmv and mpeg so it isnt that either

Hq compaq dx2300 microtower
genuine intel(r) cpu
2160 @ 1.8 ghz
1.18 ghz @ 1.99 gb RAM

thats my pc specs, i had a similar probelm with vegas but i fixed that by shuting off other apllications that were automatically running, but that didnt work for this.....

Hope you guys can help.
if you would like any more information i would be hapy to give if i knew what to give :)

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Dave LaRondeRe: CS3 Render Fail
by on Jul 15, 2010 at 3:54:08 pm

With that tiny amount of RAM, you're probably aware that multiprocessing is absolutely out of the question for you, and you're already turned it off.
Turn off Open GL too if you're using it to accelerate rendering.
If you didn't get the free upgrade to AE 9.0.2, you should seek it out on the Adobe web site.

But here's my personal favorite among the things that freak out AE before version 10 came out: the kind of footage you're using! Read on:

Dave's Stock Answer #1:

If the footage you imported into AE is any kind of the following -- footage in an HDV acquisition codec, MPEG1, MPEG2, AVCHD, mp4, mts, m2t, H.261 or H.264 -- you need to convert it to a different codec.

These kinds of footage use temporal, or interframe compression. They have keyframes at regular intervals, containing complete frame information. However, the frames in between do NOT have complete information. Interframe codecs toss out duplicated information.

In order to maintain peak rendering efficiency, AE needs complete information for each and every frame. But because these kinds of footage contain only partial information, AE freaks out, resulting in a wide variety of problems.

I'm a Mac guy, so I like to convert to Quicktime movies in the Animation or PNG codecs; both are lossless. I'll use Apple's Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder or Quicktime Pro to do it.

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

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Andy ChapmanRe: CS3 Render Fail
by on Jul 15, 2010 at 4:04:39 pm

eah, i intend to upgrade to 4gb ram soon when i have money, are there any settings that i can adjust to slow down rendering time, less chance of crashing? you said something about multi processing, i saw it in a tick box and a text saying for multi pc rendering so i unticked it i think?

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Dave LaRondeRe: CS3 Render Fail
by on Jul 15, 2010 at 4:47:09 pm

Here's the only additional piece of information you may need: in preferences, uncheck "render multiple frames simultaneously"... which is the same thing as saying, "don't use multiprocessing".

Otherwise, I've given you all the common causes of AE Weirdness and how to correct them, which any moderately-experienced AE user should be able to understand and do.

If you still are having a hard time, I strongly recommend that you go here:

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

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