I am a first year photography student and am attempting to do an animation with After Effects CS4. I’m new to After Effects and have only just started to use this particular software.
The problem I have if it is a problem and not user error, is this. If I run Ram Preview on an animated film made up of digital stills in layers, when it gets to three quarters of the way through it stops and loops to that point i.e. 20 seconds of a 30 second animation. If I take any of the transform or effects options off the layer were it stops and loops too, it will then Ram Preview to the end without any problems.
I can work around this by setting the magnification setting to 50% or reducing the resolution down sampler to half. This then plays fine with all transform and effects in place.
So my question is this. Is this how the software works or is there a problem with this program or is it a setup issue? I have left the preferences set to default.
Thanks for you help with this matter.
This is how the software works. And as you noticed it depends on the resolution of your elements, and also on preview size of your window/preview resolution.
The more ram AE gets, the longer previews you will get. And as the "Ram preview" name suggest, it's a way to preview your work, and it's mainly for checking your animations on an overall part of your project, or to check the visual quality on a smaller part in high def.
The basic AE workflow is to use the ram preview to check that everything is in place, and then, do an export (in smaller def) to check all the composition, or to get an approvel from the client/hierarchy.
Hope it helps,
That clears that up and I now understand.
All the best