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Arvin BautistaImporting many huge PSD's = super slow file open
by on Oct 18, 2010 at 8:39:54 pm

Not that it's particularly surprising, but can anyone else validate what's happening to me here?

I have about 32 really large PSD's = 4000x2250 resolution, between 100 to 400 megabytes each, about 10 layers each, for some epic 2.5d pan/zooms.

The AE project files 20 minutes just to open! I've dealt with projects with far more elements than these, and dealt with files in the dozens of gigabytes, but I've never had a project take more than 30 seconds to load.

Since I work on multiple projects at once in a day this really kills a lot of productivity (the files take long enough to render for the daily client review).

Just wanted to know if this was expected (at which point, commiserate with me!), and if not, what can I do to speed things up?

Arvin Bautista
Greasy Pig Studios
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.greasypigstudios.com


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Chris WrightRe: Importing many huge PSD's = super slow file open
by on Oct 18, 2010 at 8:45:49 pm

are proxies an option? seems to fit your needs.

http://technicolorsoftware.hostzi.com/


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Arvin BautistaRe: Importing many huge PSD's = super slow file open
by on Oct 18, 2010 at 8:54:53 pm

How would you suggest a proxy for a multi-layered huge PSD? I specifically imported PSD's because I didn't want to export each layer out of photoshop as its own file.

Arvin Bautista
Greasy Pig Studios
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.greasypigstudios.com


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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Importing many huge PSD's = super slow file open
by on Oct 18, 2010 at 9:37:25 pm

One way that may work ( can't test that where I am at the moment) is to resize the PSD to a manageable working size in Photoshop and import that in AE - link all layers to a null and enlarge to the final size by using null controls. Once you are done with layer positioning in 3D space fx and camera, reduce back the size and replace the psd proxy with the original. Let me know if it works.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior Compositor/VFX Artist


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