Video: Optimize After Effects Tutorial

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If your machine is running slow or you find that your After Effects experience is bogged down by rendering time, check out this IndieTips video tutorial so you can get the most out of After Effects. You can follow along step-by-step by watching the video, but if you know your way around After Effects, then the tips are outlined underneath the video.

If your Adobe After Effects experience is starting to bog you down, you may not have optimised the initial settings to give you the best experience.

These are the settings AE Guru Mark Christiansen suggests.

  • Preferences > General > Levels of Undo: Got Ram? Set this to 99.
  • Preferences > General: Check the options Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network.
  • Preferences > General: Toggle Default Spatial Interpolation to Linear.
  • Preferences > General: Dynamic Link with After Effects Uses Project File Name with Highest Number.
  • Preferences > Display: Check all four boxes (unless you love those little thumbnails: they can slow you down on a network).
  • Preferences > Import: 29.97 for broadcast, 24fps for film, 23.976 for both (film for broadcast), and 25fps for PAL-derived systems.
  • Preferences > Media & Disk Cache: Choose a folder on a fast, attached disk.
  • Preferences > Appearances: Cycle Mask Colors; on.
  • Preferences > Auto-Save; on.

Check out Mark’s book, very recommended for Adobe After Effects enthusiasts. Adobe After Effects CS6 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques


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