Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video RAM details, part of After Effects Guru: Faster Previews and Rendering.
Okay, everything it seem a bit confusing here. We're changing numbers. We're doing multiple threads and processors and gigabytes of this. I totally get it, but the good news is that most of this is pretty intelligent. If you just jump in and you take a look at your settings, you could actually have After Effects give you a report on what's going on. Inside of your preferences, you'll just click the details button to see what's happening. Alright. Let's make a few tweaks here in Photoshop so we have multiple Adobe application consuming RAM. This just tells you a bit more about what's happening with After Effects.
So, currently I have almost 16 gigs of RAM installed. About 2 gigs are being used and After Effects has almost 10 gigs allocated to it. I could see what's happening here that After Effects is pulling that RAM in. It tells me the minimum amount it needs as well as how much RAM is available and how much it's allowed used, and if you had multiple applications running from Adobe, you would see that this would update. So, lets launch Photoshop here. And, I'm going to open up a clip inside of Photoshop, a video file. And, let me get that processing.
If we go back to After Effects there, you'll see that now Photoshop is using some processing. Although, since I switched over here and took priority, because in fact, Photoshop when I switched stopped playback. But, let's run a filter, for example, or set up a render. I'll apply a clip to here, let's make this a smart object. And, we'll apply a filter. Perhaps, I want to do a little bit of Camera Raw processing to this video clip. I'll add some clarity and a little bit of sharpening to help with some of the edge details.
There we go. And, just lift that up. There we are. And, I'll start that render. File> Export> Render Video. Now, this is just to illustrate how this could actually take presidence and start to use some processing power. And, I want to start something running in the background. So, Photoshop is running using processing tasks, and I go back to After Effects, you'll see what's going on. Now, After Effects took priority because it was the foreground application, but it is using some resources here to run Photoshop.
So, this gives you a good idea of what's happening when you have multiple applications running. Remember, this what you see going on with After Effects, Premier, Prelude, Media Encoder, and Photoshop, and if you are doing background operations, playing clips or evoking renders, or exports, you could see what's happening. So, if you just really want to know what's going on across all the Adobe applications, just click that details button. And, you get a pretty good idea of what's happening.
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- 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