I've noticed recently that when After Effects is loaded it causes a horrible clicking sound in the audio output of other apps...
Change those mp3's you're using into wav files and the problem goes away.
I've been using AE since version 3, and it has never, EVER played nice with compressed audio. It has ALWAYS been a fact of life that you change compressed audio files into aiff or wav before importing into AE. So get busy.
It's not AE that's the problem, though - it's *causing* the problem. Playing back audio within AE is fine (I was using WAVs anyway, but MP3s are okay too).
The problem is that when AE is running and I try to play audio from *other* apps, it's those other apps that crackle and click. Without AE running they work fine.
I suspect this might be a ghost in the machine which would only be solved with a new soundcard....
Hey, I read the problem incorrectly... sorry about that.
Y'know, if you have AE set up for multiprocessing, it ties up tons of RAM. If you don't have very much RAM -- and anything less than 8GB is not very much, incidentally -- it could be affecting those other apps.
So before you run out to get a sound card, what happens if just turn off multiprocessing.
Oh, and by the way -- at work I have a dual-quad-core Mac Pro with 8GB, and when I do AE work, I almost NEVER have other applications running, and I never use multiprocessing.
You have to keep this in mind: AE is the Ultimate RAM Hog, no two ways about it.
That's true. I've got 16Gb, but I turned off multiprocessing anyway (and OpenGL) as I thought it might be a graphics issue. It still hogs up to 2Gb per core if multiprocessing is on though, which eats up everything I've got....
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It still hogs up to 2Gb per core if multiprocessing is on though, which eats up everything I've got....
Ah, you have a processor and memory allocation issue. Fortunately, Adobe's Todd Kopriva is a wise man concerning these matters, and he's thoughtfully written down his wisdom:
Don't overlook the links in this document, either... good stuff in them.
Thanks Dave, I'll check that out