Ya Wanna Go Faster?

First on the hit parade of new features in CS3 is a big one for After Effects users. It’s not an “eye-candy” feature, so you won’t see it in our shorter product demos, but it means so much to so many people since the number one request by After Effects users is to make the app render faster.

One of several ways in which we’ve made After Effects CS3 both RAM Preview and Render faster is with support for Multiprocessing.

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The new Multiprocessing Preferences dialog in After Effects CS3

If you’ve got a multiprocessor and/or multi-core system, After Effects farms out each frame of your comp to each processor, so it can RAM Preview and Render multiple frames simultaneously. You will need 512MB RAM for each process, since After Effects will actually launch background processes to run on your multiple processors, but as long as you’ve got enough RAM you can render 2 frames at a time on a 2-core system, 4 at time on a dual/dual , 8 at a time on some of the new high end Windows machines (and the 8-core Macs that we expect to see any day now).

5 Responses to Ya Wanna Go Faster?

  1. Philip Colmer says:

    To achieve this on an 8 CPU/core system, you are going to need 4GB free memory, so presumably this means that AE CS3 will work on Vista 64 bit and support more memory?

  2. Marc Bauwens says:

    Maannn!! When is CS3 available for upgrade? I own After FX 7 and the RAM previews take forever…. Can’t wait to get my hands on this puppy…..

  3. Bob Donlon says:

    To Phillip’s question – yes, AE CS3 will work on Vista 64 bit and support more memory. Since these are additional processes of AE, they can each use up to 4GB RAM.To Marc’s question – AE CS3 will be available in mid-2007-bob

  4. Mark Simkiss says:

    Any chance this (new multithreaded rendering feature above) applies to PremierePro CS3 as well? (crossing fingers, afraid to look)

  5. jambalaya resolve says:

    This is all great news, but you do all know that you have been able to do this for ages in AE7 if you have Nucleo? (which costs like $49 now)