Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Shutting down unnecessary software, part of After Effects and Premiere Pro: Optimizing Performance (2011).
An important part of optimizing performance for After Effects or Premier Pro. Is making sure that other software is not competing with After Effects or Premier Pro for resources. To get an idea of what applications are currently competing with After Effects and Premier Pro for resources, let's start the Task Manager in Windows. I'm pressing Ctrl Alt Delete. And starting the Task Manager. There's also a Performance Monitor in Macro S that you could use for the same thing. So here, I can see that all ready. I have 7.56 gigabytes of my 12 gigabytes of RAM that aren't used. I'm all ready on a bad start here because I haven't done anything on After Effects yet.
So, let's see exactly what's using all that memory. We can look in applications, to see what applications are running. I can see here that I have Photoshop running. I have Premiere Pro and After Effects running. I also have Windows Media Center running, Windows Media Center plays media very much like Itunes. And here I have FileZilla running. And if we look in the processes tab, we can see how much memory each is taking up. Photoshop is currently using almost three gigabytes of memory.
I'm not using Photoshop right now. So, if I want to use After Effects. I should probably go over to Photoshop, save my work, and shut down. So, press Alt tab to go to Photoshop and I'll quit out of Photoshop. And I'm not going to save this because I actually don't like what I was working on here. So there, Photoshop is going to free up it's memory and shut down. So now let's go back to preformance and we see that we now have 4.7GB being used.
Much less. Since I'm just working in After Effects, and I'm not going to be working in Premiere Pro for a little while, I might as well shut down Premiere Pro as well. Go to Premiere Pro, Quit, and that freed up quite alot more memory. And really, if I wanted to use something like, Windows Media Center, iTunes, or some other program to play music while I work. I should probably consider using a different computer, such as a small, cheap laptop. Not my main workstation. I'll quit out of this and that frees up a little bit more memory.
And let's see what else is here. I'm going to keep files still open. So, now we're stripped down to at least the applications that I need right now. And that freed up more than half of the memory that was being used. So, now I have enough to really get some good work done in After Effects. But it doesn't stop there. Not everything shows up in the Applications tab in Windows Task Manager. If we click on Processes, we can see that there are a lot of processes that run. Many of these are things that start up when the operating system starts up. And many of these things that start up aren't really necessary for my work. I'm going to close Windows Task Manager, and show you a useful website. There are many like this.
I'm not endorsing this one in particular. This is just to show you an example of the sorts of resources that exist. If I search for Black Viper, in After Effects. This will take me to the Adobe community help search and there is a page called Optimizing for Performace, Adobe Premier Pro and After Effects. If I click that, on this page there're links to many, many pages that're useful for Optimizing Performance. One of them is the Black Viper website.
Here, Black Viper's recommendations for setting down the software unnecessary for your work. You don't need to follow the recommendations on this website in particular. But read through it or read through a similar website to get an idea of what sorts of processes may be running when your operating system starts that you don't really need. I like the way that this website has things set up. So you scroll down. There's some introductory material. And then we get, to a table.
And the table gives you a sense of what things you can shut down to have a safe working environment versus a tweaked working environment versus bare bones. If you have the defaults you have a lot of processes that are starting up when the operating system starts up. And according to this websites creator if you turn things off in this column, the safe column, you'll still have a system that works well and works safely. Again I'm not endorsing this websites recommendations in particular. I'm just pointing out that such recommendations do exist. Tweaked goes beyond safe.
And bare a bounce goes a lot beyond safe. So consider shutting down these processes that are not necessary for your work specifically. One general category of software that often runs in the background is antivirus or security software. If you have your computer connected to the Internet you should certainly be running antivirus or security software. But you may consider disconnecting your computer from the Internet while you work. The reason, is that anti-virus, or security software, primarily works by monitoring each read and write operation, specifically, the writes are the problem.
By monitoring each write operation to the hard disk, the anit-virus software is making sure nothing dangerous is written there. But if you're reading many source files, then writing lots of export files during your work. You don't really want this software getting in the way of those write operations, even if it's slowing them down a little bit. That impairs preformance. So, again, if you really care about performance, consider disconnecting your main working computer from the Internet and working without anti-virus software. This is another reason that you might consider having a small laptop or other cheap computer off to the side of your main workstation.
So that you can browse the Internet, use online documentation and so on. In general, just to make sure that you're not running a lot of other software on your computer. That's getting in the way of After Effects and Premier Pro working at their top.
- 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