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Memory and After Effects 7.0

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Reducing a composition’s memory requirements is a great way to speed up the editing process. Here are a few great tips to help speed up your After Effects performance.

Once you identify the layers that use memory-intensive features, you can employ several strategies to reduce the memory load:

1. Collapse transformations of nested compositions where possible. Collapsing transformations calculates the transform property changes once for all nested compositions instead of calculating at every level in the composition hierarchy. This saves memory and improves performance. This technique cannot be used if the nested composition uses a mask or effect.

2. Render compositions in draft mode. Although draft quality is not sufficient for final output, it produces a movie that is good enough for previewing your project.

3. Reduce the number of changes you can undo with the Undo command by choosing Edit > Preferences > General (Windows) or After Effects > Preferences > General (Mac OS) and typing a lower number for Levels of Undo.

4. Free up RAM currently used to cache images by choosing Edit > Purge > Image Caches. You can also free up RAM currently used to store undo changes by choosing Edit > Purge > Undo.

If these tips do not help then maybe more RAM is in your future?

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