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After Effects Guru: Faster Previews and Rendering

with Richard Harrington

Video: Welcome

Get faster renders, quicker previews, and more power and responsiveness from the RAM and cache settings in After Effects.
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Exercise files
  2. 30m 57s
    1. Using render settings templates
      3m 54s
    2. Creating custom render settings templates
      4m 28s
    3. Sharing render settings templates
      2m 43s
    4. Using Output module templates
      1m 45s
    5. Creating custom Output module templates
      4m 59s
    6. Sharing Output module templates
      1m 3s
    7. Setting the default render and output settings
      2m 30s
    8. Using multiple output modules
      4m 13s
    9. Rendering with transparency
      5m 22s
  3. 17m 58s
    1. Setting RAM usage
      3m 37s
    2. Setting processor usage
      4m 30s
    3. Rendering multiple frames simultaneously
      5m 36s
    4. Purging RAM
      1m 11s
    5. RAM details
      3m 4s
  4. 14m 17s
    1. Using an external drive for disk cache
      1m 43s
    2. Using the Conformed Media Cache
      5m 21s
    3. Cleaning the media cache database
      2m 36s
    4. Choosing the Conformed Media Cache settings
      4m 37s
  5. 14m 4s
    1. Creating RAM previews
      7m 13s
    2. Saving RAM previews
      2m 49s
    3. Setting the preview area
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Region of Interest
      1m 41s
  6. 37m 8s
    1. Controlling composition settings
      2m 56s
    2. Adjusting motion blur
      6m 10s
    3. Using proxy files
      3m 33s
    4. Using adjustment layers
      3m 2s
    5. Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 58s
    6. Collecting files
      2m 45s
    7. Rendering and emailing
      3m 2s
    8. Re-rendering
      2m 40s
    9. Including a project link
      2m 33s
    10. Post-render actions
      2m 49s
    11. Rendering and replacing dynamicaly linked compositions
      3m 40s
  7. 1m 2s
    1. Wrapping up
      1m 2s

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After Effects Guru: Faster Previews and Rendering
Video duration: 0s 1h 57m Intermediate


Every After Effects user can use more time. After Effects gurus make more time. As you build motion graphics and special effects, your computer has to work hard. The choices you make greatly impact how long your computer takes to render projects and the results you get. In this course, Rich Harrington teaches some important strategies to render faster and work less, and get more power and responsiveness from the RAM and cache settings in After Effects. This includes selective previews, temporary quality reductions, and proxy files. Start now, and get more work done and get home sooner.

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Topics include:
  • Creating render settings templates
  • Using multiple output modules
  • Setting processor usage
  • Rendering multiple frames simultaneously
  • Purging RAM
  • Controlling your disk and media cache
  • Creating and saving previews
  • Controlling composition settings
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Hi my name's Rich Harrington and welcome to this title on rendering faster inside of After Effects. It's part of our After Effects Guru Series and what we're going to focus on today is how to beat the render que. How to get things done more quickly. After Effects is filled with a ton of performance things that will boost your overall productivity. But a lot of them are secret handshakes or fairly well hidden. Or, they have tons of options.

And if you choose the wrong one, you'll actually see things slow down. So, I'm going to attempt to take a real practical look at how you could speed up your work flow, from selective previews and dropping quality down, to using proxy files to just getting more consistent results when you actually render. There's a lot to this, but, overall, this is a course that's going to help all After Effects users. So if you're relatively new, some of the techniques may be a bit out of your reach initially. But, even if you're experienced, you're going to pick up things that make your job faster.

Because after all, if you can get the job done in less time, it usually means you can either get more work done or go home sooner. And that's what this class is about, how to be more productive and use some of the modern multi-processing work flow tools inside of Adobe After Effects.

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