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john stillmanwhat is "Collect Files" doing under the hood?
by on Apr 29, 2011 at 7:20:43 pm


I'm wondering how AFX is copying files when using the "Collect Files" command (i.e. is it using 'cp', 'tar', something else?).

I'm curious because when we "collect" files from a Mac to our file server it happens MUCH faster then if we copy them using the Mac browser and I'd like to understand what Adobe is doing right!

thanks in advance,

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Bartek SkorupaRe: what is "Collect Files" doing under the hood?
by on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:08:40 pm

This is Finder that slows things down. Finder indexes stuff, so that Spotlight has easier access and does many other things under the hood.
After Effects ignores Finder when copying files. It goes "inside" the system and does it similarly to shell (Terminal).
This is not that Adobe does something better. It's Finder who does things slower.

Bartek Skorupa
Warszawa, Poland

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