Ok, i'll cut to the quick. I wanted to see how I can configure my work computer to have After Effects CS6 on.
Here are the specs:
Mac OSX 10.6.8
3.06 GHz Interl Core 2 Duo
4GB 1067 MHz DDR3
ATI Radeon HD 4670
One thing that I could never understand was Disk Cache, Fast Previews, and Memory and Multiprocessing.
I never knew what folders I need to put the cache in, what to set Fast Previews to so I dont have my system be super slow, etc.
I have included screenshots of what my current configurations are.
One thing to keep in mind, is that my computer is on a Network, and I think even my desktop is included in the network..So I created a folder within my actual desktop hard drive, since I also read that your cache and your footage shouldn't be in the same place. Am I fooling myself here with my specs? Should I get an external SSD, or is there a way to use my current specs? I noticed that when I first used AE CS6 It was working fine, but now, things aren't rendering correctly, the Green RAM preview bar shows and then disappears, and I just wanted to see if its because of all these settings.
One question I had, was:
What folders should I have my disc cache in?
Another note I want to point out, is that our network isn't the most stable, and has been known to crash every so often, and I dont want to rely on it heavily, especially since we dont really do much after effects here and I dont want anything to weigh down the network heavily..
Anybody else have a similar machine to mine? Any tips and tricks you can afford to spare?
As Roland told you in the other place where you asked this ( http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/2/1046998 ), there are plenty of resources about this if you do a search.
See this page for resources about making After Effects work faster: http://adobe.ly/eV2zE7
See this page for information about hardware for After Effects: http://adobe.ly/pRYOuk
One thing that leaps out immediately is that your computer barely meets the minimum system requirements for After Effects. Get more RAM. Then follow the other guidance in the resources that I linked to.