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Todd SchmidtMultiprocessing problems
by on Mar 29, 2011 at 4:35:53 pm

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit (6.1, Build 7601)
Asustek, G73jh
Bios Ver: 08.00.10
Intel Core i7 CPU Q720 @ 1.60Ghz (8 CPUs), ~1.6GHz
Memory 6144MB RAM
DirectX 11

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870


Hey all,

Been having this issue lately. I had a pretty intense project using form, cameras, etc. Well due to the length in rendering time and how it has shut down the use of other programs, I rendered my animation out with an alpha, then went back and combined two animations that have been rendered together. One from 3DS Max and one from AE. These are in a comp together. I figured this would help cut down on hogging my RAM and my processor but still things are "chugging" along. When I render I'm getting the message: Multiprocessing is off and Insufficient RAM. I have multiprocessing on and should have enough RAM. This has only been happening lately. I also have opened up my task manager and been monitoring my performance and everything seems fine.

Not sure what's up. Any ideas?



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Michael SzalapskiRe: Multiprocessing problems
by on Mar 29, 2011 at 4:44:35 pm

If I'm reading that correctly, it says you only have 6 Gigs of RAM, right?
What are your memory and multiprocessing settings?

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Dave LaRondeRe: Multiprocessing problems
by on Mar 29, 2011 at 4:49:20 pm

[Todd Schmidt] "Memory 6144MB RAM..... Any ideas?"

Yup. A very good idea, in fact: you're extremely light on memory for AE's multiprocessing. I'm not foolin': 6 gigs sounds like a ton, but AE is the ultimate memory hog.

Consider this: at work I have a dual quad-core machine and 8 GB RAM. I don't use multiprocessing because I don't have enough memory to use it effectively. At home, I have a dual quad-core with 24 GB RAM, and multiprocessing works like a charm.

I also follow the recommendations you'll find here:

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

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Todd SchmidtRe: Multiprocessing problems
by on Mar 29, 2011 at 4:54:27 pm

Thanks for the answers guys. Yeah, it's funny but 6 or 8 gigs use to seem like a lot. I'm getting a Mac in the next month or two...used but I believe the RAM can go up to 32 if I'm correct. Then I just need to invest in Adobe Production Studio for MAC!

I will turn multiprocessing off and read what Dave sent. For now I just have to get by with what I have!

Thanks a ton!


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