Read the pages linked to from here for an understanding of what the settings do.
Note that one of the strongest recommendations is that you must reserve at least a couple of processor cores for After Effects, which your current settings do not do.
I can't give any more advice than that without knowing what kinds of footage and compositions you're using and what kinds of results you're getting with your tests so far.
im sorry todd, what are processor cores?
also i use dslr footage
> im sorry todd, what are processor cores?
BTW, what exactly is the problem that we're trying to solve here? Is something not working? As far as I can tell, you have the information that you need to use After Effects. If you read the pages that I pointed you to and watch the videos linked to from them, you'll know what you need to know to tweak performance---but it's not a productive use of time to try to tweak performance in a vacuum. When/if you hit a snag in doing your work, let us know, and we'll help you to get past it.
basically im a film student who had a choice. avid, fcp or adobe, i choose adobe because you guys are very good for dslr clips, and plus after affects is an amazing program that will excel me in video prodcution. basically i want to surpass all my classmates with crazy 3d, animated visual video affets with after affects. i feel like im underpowered for it todd, im going to upgrade to 16gb of ram soon, i just want to be on top of my game
You'll surpass your classmates not by getting a little more RAM but by actually having the discipline to learn the software, read the documentation, and think about what you're doing and why. Seriously.
Please, don't go down the rabbit hole of tweaking performance until you understand what you're doing.
I very strongly recommend that you put your attention toward methodically working your way through the basic learning materials.
thank you you are correct. i guess am just to set on being on top of everyone. ill humble myself and do my study on this product. thank you todd