Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Planning, updating, and autosaving, part of After Effects and Premiere Pro: Optimizing Performance (2011).
One of the most certain ways to improve performance overall is to avoid losing work. Unfortunately, one of the causes of losing work is that applications sometimes crash. Adobe periodically issues updates to its applications to fix bugs, including bugs that cause crashes. So, one of the ways that you can make sure that you don't lose work due to a crash is to make sure your software is up to date. To check for updates within Adobe Premier Pro, or After Effects, or other Adobe applications, choose Help, Updates. And since I've applied all of my updates, it says that all of my applications are up to date.
Another way to make sure that you don't lose work in case of a problem is to make sure that you save frequently. Within Premiere Pro, there's and Auto Save preference. Go to Edit, Preferences, Auto Save. And make sure that Automatically Save projects is checked. And you might want to even increase the maximum number of projects to store. So if there is a problem, and you miss if for a little while, you can go back to a much earlier project and find a project that doesn't have whatever problem was introduced.
Let's switch to After Effects, pressing Alt+Tab. After Effects also has Help, Updates. And it also has an Autosave preference. It behaves slightly differently than the one in Premiere Pro, and it's off by default. So, let's choose Edit, Preferences, Autosave. And turn on Automatically Save Projects. I'll also bump this up to ten, so that I have plenty of versions going back, in case the problem was introduced within the last couple of hours. The default only going back five versions, 20 minutes apart, means that if a problem was introduced a couple of hours ago, I wouldn't still have a project going back more than that that didn't have the problem. Also useful in After Effects, is File, Increment and save. This saves a copy of the project that is numbered.
This is slightly different than Autosave, and often more useful, because you have different versions of the project that are numbered, allowing you to go back to any version, so that you can find a version of the project that doesn't include whatever problem has been introduce to be found. And another very important way to prevent losing work, or to prevent having to redo work is to make sure that before you even begin, you've planned out your project. For example, if you've been working on a project for a long time that's standard definition, and then you find out after you've already delivered that your client wanted a high definition format, you would have to go back and redo a lot of work.
Similarly, if you had been working at high definition, and your only output required was a standard definition output, you would have wasted a lot of time doing such things as rendering files larger than you needed to render. Within After Effects, search for Planning Your Work. This brings up a search in the After Effects Community Help. There's a section within After Effects Help called Planning Your Work. Click this link, and you'll see an entire page dedicated to planning your work, from pre-production to determining what kind of footage to acquire and prepare, to what project settings to use based on what your client wants, composition settings and export settings. So, be sure that you've talked to your client and thought through the entire project before you begin.
This can prevent the wasting of a lot of time, and the re-doing of a lot of work.
- Planning your work, updating, and auto-saving
- Learning and customizing keyboard shortcuts
- Optimizing hard disks and CPUs
- GPU: CUDA and OpenGL
- Using "Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously" multiprocessing
- Pre-rendering and proxies in After Effects
- Lowering resolution for previews