Things Editors Need To Know: How To Tweak 'After Effects' For Enhanced Performance!

By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on April 19, 2016

Adobe After Effects is one of the most popular softwares for video editors and animators. While there's a religious divide between those who use After Effects & those who use Final Cut Pro, we are going to skip that argument for another day.

After Effects is a complex editing software used by almost everyone, thanks to its compatibility with various operating systems. With the right hardware and graphic processing unit, the software can do wonders by reducing the time considerably for rendering your composition. The software is also known for its ‘parenting’ feature that allows users to work with both parent as well as child layers. The light falloff that allows users to control light intensity fall over certain distances is another feature that makes After Effects one of the most realistic, yet simple editing software in the market at the moment.

Here's a video that shares some really simple hacks to get more out of the software.

Regular users of After Effects would know these tricks well, but for those starting out with After Effects, this should shorten your learning curve.

To make it easier for you, we've summarized the key points below;

1. Ensure that you have the latest version of the software. Having the latest version of the software will give you all the necessary plugins and drivers.

2. One can download various plugins from the internet as per their requirement. Make sure that you do not flood your software with too many of them. Install only those plugins that are required.

3. Ensure that your system has a RAM of at least 2 GB. The software is heavy & requires substantial portion of your RAM to perform as per your expectations. Also ensure that you close all the applications on your system while using the software. The last thing you want while editing your footage is for your computer to hang.

4. Your system should have a display card that supports OpenGL 2.0 or later. This will help after effects to render out faster.

5. If you are using Windows, disable the aero compositing mode. This way most of the features of the software will perform better when Windows is operating in basic mode.

6. Make sure you have a fast local drive for your source footage. Slow local drives will slow down the entire process, thereby causing the performance and the rendering output to be poor.

7. One must also get rid of all the unused elements from the project. Keeping all the unused elements will just put more load on your software, thereby making your system perform slower.

8. One should also divide all the complex projects into simpler ones. Rendering the simpler projects is easier and you can recombine all of them before you render the finished product.

Do visit the help desk forum of After Effects to know more. If you’d like to improve your performance by modifying your screen output, click here and for improving performance when using effects, click here.


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