How One Easy Tweak Makes Multiprocessing in After Effects & Double the Power

Posted on Thursday, 12 July 2007

I have run some tests on the time savings in making use of the Multiple Frames Simultaneously Rendering in After Effects CS3 (not yet tested in CS4). Test Project: A heavy test project with lots of effects and filters, 30 seconds long, with 25 FPS:

Results with Multiple Frames Rendering OFF:
Render Time: 38 Min, 4 Sec

Results with Multiple Frames Rendering ON:
Render Time: 20 Min, 34 Sec

The result is that by setting up After Effects with optimal memory and making use of multiple cores and multiple frame rendering, I was able to render out the video in half the time.

Important to note is that After Effects requires 400 MB of RAM per background process, so as we have for example 4 cores (like on my test machine) you need to set the Maximum RAM Cache Size to a low enough value to allow for (4×400) 1600 MB of RAM for the rendering processes (so you need to have ~ 4 GB of ram installed).

These are my own optimal settings (based on Adobe guidelines and optimal use of RAM):

Maximum Memory Usage: 3.0 GB (120%) *
Maximum RAM Cache Size: 46% (1.4 GB or whatever value leaves you with the 400 MB per core for the background tasks.)

So in summary, enabling Multiprocessing support and allowing enough memory per CPU, you will get a speed boost of about 50% in rendering times, which is amazing!

*) Enabling 3.0 GB requires a custom boot config, as I have explained in a previous post.

Ready to partner?

    Ready to partner with a multi-award-winning, freelance, self-employed animator based in Scotland, UK? Anders doesn't work with just anyone. You have four easy options on how to get in touch::

    1. Please fill out the simple form below and we’ll follow up.
    2. Call Anders: +44 7531 800 711 to discuss your project.
    3. Chat with Anders in the lower right corner on this page.
    4. Email Anders with project details at

    Anders can help you create captivating animated videos that engage your audience and grow your business. Let's bring your ideas to life!

    Your name*

    Your email*

    Your website

    How can we help? Details please!*

      Yes, please subscribe me to the newsletter.

      I agree for this information to be used to respond to my enquiry. *

    * Indicates Required

    Please prove you are human by selecting the plane.

    Sundstedt Animation

    22 Auldlea Gardens
    Beith KA15 2EP
    Scotland, United Kingdom
    +44 7531 800 711

    Call Anders To Get Started!

    What most people do is complete the form above. We can then follow up, get you booked in for a free consultation and provide you with a free quote.

    Want to know more about our animated video services? Please have a look at these pages for more information:

    Services – What We Do
    Animation & Whiteboard Portfolio
    Animated Music Video Production Service
    Lyric Video Production Service
    Explainer Video Production Service
    Healthcare, Biotech, Medical & Pharmaceutical Animation
    Corporate Video Production Service
    Non-Profit Explainer Video Service
    Social Media Animation
    VideoScribe Video Production Service
    Whiteboard Animation Service
    2.5D Parallax 3D Effect Animated Photo Service
    Animated Infographics
    Book Trailer Video Service – Animated Book Trailers
    Title Sequence Design Service
    Professional Video Skin Retouch Service
    Animated Illustration / Animated Loop
    2D Paper Animation
    One-to-one advice, consulting and training
    Sponsorship & Partners

    Back To Top

    How useful was this post?

    Click on a star to rate it!

    Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

    No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

    We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

    Let us improve this post!

    Tell us how we can improve this post?

    Don`t copy text!