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Sometimes when you're working in Motion, you'll have a project that's so deep with effects and lights and filters that Motion won't actually be able to play it back in real-time. So, for example, in this project, if we look under the Render pop-up menu, this project is set to the Best setting and Motion Blur as well as Reflection, Shadows and Lights are all selected. So this can be a very intensive process. Let me show you when we press the Play button, you'll notice I'm only getting a 5, 4, a very low frame rate playback.
So in order to compensate for this, let me just stop playback and move my playhead to the beginning. You can go up under the Mark menu and choose RAM Preview. Typically, I'll use the key command, Command+R. That will play only within the play range. Now since the play range of this project is the entire length of the mini-timeline, that would work perfectly fine. Otherwise, you have to use the other key command. On occasion, when you have been doing a lot of RAM Previews, it makes sense to clear the RAM Preview, just so you can start fresh the next time you make some changes.
Let's click Play Range and you'll notice RAM Preview loading in the window and it will also tell you exactly how long it thinks it's going to take before it's finished rendering that preview. In the mini-timeline, you'll notice there is a green progress bar letting you know exactly how many frames have been rendered. At any given time, you can stop the RAM Preview. Just understand when you press Play, it will only plays back as fast as it can through the green section. Then it's right back to where it started from. Since I haven't changed any of the settings, if I stop playback and go back up and start the RAM Preview again, notice Motion will continue on where we had left off.
Please remember you can't change any of the settings in the area that it's already loaded into the RAM Preview. Otherwise it has to start from the beginning again. So, remember if your project is really processor intensive and you are not getting the playback you like, go up under Mark and choose RAM Preview. Just to understand the amount of your project that can load into RAM Preview is determined by the amount of RAM on your computer.
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