3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 23, 2008 9:41 AM by Mylenium

    How would you configure this setup for AE???

    gold987987987 Level 1
      I've got 8 gigs of ram and a Q6600 (OC'd 3.0Ghz Quad Core)
      What would you set your Maxium Memory Usage to: ??%
      Also, how about Maximum RAM Cache Size: ??%

      Also, where would you select to put your Conformed Media Cache?
      Does it matter where the Database and Cache are located?

      Last question, what would you set the Multiprocessing option to, Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously or not?

      Thanks for your help!
        • 1. Re: How would you configure this setup for AE???
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
          >What would you set your Maxium Memory Usage to: ??%
          >Also, how about Maximum RAM Cache Size: ??%

          You leave them at their defaults to allow the main instance of AE to max out the theoretically possible 4GB (assuming, you are on a 64bit OS). For MPrendering you may wish to reduce the value to 30% or so, but that's the only case. Whether you use MP is pretty much your own decision and hinges on the type, structure and complexity of your project. There are effects that will not work with MP and enforce a single processor render and OpenGL rendering is single proc, regardless whether you enable MP or not. Likewise, you will have CoDecs that don't go together with MP. In some scenarios you may also simply exhaust all your RAM by using a plethora of effects and then MP will have little benefit. Similarly, it will have no benefit for simple "assembly" (edit style work, simple titles) - the file I/O to feed all processes will throttle down the performance. So in essence, the ideal MP project is one with

          a) not too many different footage layers that need to be loaded first
          b) quite a few effects, but
          c) not too memory hungry effects like large blurs and glows
          d) not using anything else that may consume too much memory (large images)

          And yes, put the conform cache outside the default directory in the fastest location you can think of. System directories/ user home directories are accessed a lot and thus get fragmented quickly, impairing performance, so other places are better (which only goes to show once more why some default settings are quite illogical and impractical)

          Mylenium
          • 2. Re: How would you configure this setup for AE???
            gold987987987 Level 1
            Thanks for posting! Here's another doozie, with 8G of RAM, what would you set your pagefile size to?

            Thanks!
            • 3. Re: How would you configure this setup for AE???
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
              In practice, it will not exceed 3GB on most systems where only 32bit apps are active (which relates to the memory pages the system will then send into hibernation), so 4GB is large enough. Feel free, however, to make it as large as you think you can afford. There's no harm in making it 8 or 12GB, it just does not have any additional benefits, either. Just make sure to give it a large enough start size - 2GB is better than setting it to the minimum 384MB as it will reserve the full space from the start instead of making these adjustments at the most inconvenient moment and causing a crash. ;-)

              Mylenium