Open GL on After Effects Mac
This news is a bit old, but in the spirit of providing it, I’ll use the cliche, "Better late than never."
The latest update from Apple in conjunction with our After Effects CS3 update now gives OpenGl preview capabilities to Mac customers. PC users, you can read on as well in case you’ve never turned it on (because you’ve had it for a while), but Mac users rejoice because you’ve got another way to potentially speed up After Effects.
I’m a big fan of tapping into any resource that will speed up tasks and next to the CPU, the graphics card (or GPU) is the most powerful processing component in your computer. The question then becomes, why not take advantage of it?
If you access your After Effects preferences, go to the preview section
You want to choose OpenGL (when possible) if your card supports it. To find that questions out, click on the OpenGL info button. Hopefully, you’ll see something like this:
You’ll find that almost all recent computers and graphics cards will support these items and it’s great to see that some serious things are supported like Antialiasing and Motion Blur – things you’re likely to use all of the time.
So, take a minute to look at this and if you’ve found that it’s not turned on, well, I’ve hopefully just given you an early holiday present.