3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 12, 2009 3:42 PM by Adolfo Rozenfeld

    Running After Effects on a new MacBook

    k.loy Level 1

      I'm running After Effects on my new MacBook.  It's having some trouble with some RAM Previews.

      What should I do to make it run smoother? More RAM?


      The Processor = 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

      Memory = 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

        • 1. Re: Running After Effects on a new MacBook
          TimeRemapper Level 4

          Yes. Absoultey more RAM.

          1GB is starving the system, and the application.

          Until you can max out your RAM, some things you can do to help are:


          • Lower the resolution of your comp during previews
          • Disable multiprocessing
          • Shorten your work area so you're previewing smaller chunks at a time
          • Render a low resolution/compressed copy to disk and view it back in a media player


          A Core 2 Duo is effectively 4 cores.

          Each core should theoretically have 2 GB. Unless you have the 17" mbp, or one of the brand new 15" mbps, then, you can only max out to 4GB.

          • 2. Re: Running After Effects on a new MacBook
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

            Yupp, definitely more RAM. Even the "normal" MacBooks now allow 4GB, and it's definitely what you will need to get decent performance out of AE. Just do the smart thing - have this done by a reseller, not Apple themselves. RAM is dirt cheap, but the fruity people have a tendency to vercharge so big Daddy Steve Jobs can make another billion...



            • 3. Re: Running After Effects on a new MacBook
              Adolfo Rozenfeld Adobe Employee

              I think on Macbooks (RIP, as this week the 13" became "Pro") the factory RAM comes soldiered in the motherboard.

              So if your MacBook came with 1 GB, you can add an extra 2 GB in the other slot (check to see if it's supported, it depends on which generation is it) and go up to 3 GB total.

              It's not ideal for multiprocessing on a dual core machine, but it will work.