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  07 July 2012
After Effects Kills My Mac

I use many software packages, including most of the Adobe Creative Suite, and several 3D rendering softwares. Nothing kills the performance of my machine overall like After Effects. Just feels like something is not right with my setup. I often can't even surf the web while rendering. In fact I have been using After Effects for many years (on the PC) and never had any noticeable problems. This problem seems, if I recall, to have come after CS4 (and my Mac Pro, Early 2009 8GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB). Also RAM preview is miserable slow. I do recall it being much better in the past (On my PCs with half the speed and RAM).

I've tried all combinations of memory and multiprocessing, but I feel that I still have it wrong. Would any AE Gurus out there who use Mac be able to share their preferred AE preferences setup, and maybe workstation specs.

Thanks for reading!

PS, while I have nothing against Windows PCs per se, it's not an option for me right now...
  07 July 2012
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