Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Sharing render settings templates, part of After Effects Guru: Faster Previews and Rendering.
All right, it's great, you feel comfortable, you've made some settings, you've tested them out, you've rendered the files, shown them to the client, shown them to a broadcast engineer, basically to somebody who needed to approve them, and you've decided that the render settings you've created are correct. Well, you might want to share those settings with somebody else. Let me show you how easy it is to export them. I'm going to choose Edit, Templates, Render Settings. This brings up the same dialog you saw before.
What you might have missed was the ability to save them and load them. For example, I could click Save All, and this allows me to store these. Now by default, it's going to navigate out to the project you have open. I'm just going to go to my Desktop for now, and I'm going to rename these. Now, name it with the name of your company and house standards. There we go. And I'll click Save. Let's minimize this for a second, and you'll note that there is the preference file. The file type is an RS file which is actually the render settings file.
This is an Adobe file here and what you've got here with these render settings is the ability to then share this with another user. Now, you can email this, but before you do, I would recommend zipping it or stuffing it so it becomes a compressed archive, or move it on a properly formatted drive. Just be careful about sending it through the net. When the other user gets it, they could choose Edit, Templates, Render Settings, and this makes it easy for them to simply click the Load button, navigate to that file and click Open, and that's going to load the render settings template and put it into their system.
Now, when I load this here, I already had these available so we didn't add to them, it just said that they were already loaded, but the good news is, is that this lets you load them and it doesn't blow away what you have, it merely adds on to the list. So if you have some additional settings that others don't have, this makes it really easy. If you do want to blow away the best settings, make sure you tell them to delete the settings first and then load all of the settings so it's comprehensive. They'll have to load the settings, switch the defaults up here, and then they can delete away, and reload again, but, all in all pretty straightforward, and remember, it's not a bad idea to open that up and just take a screenshot of these settings so you can have that in a house standard.
I recommend putting it into a PDF file and sharing it with all the users that do work for your company, whether they be internal or external.
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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