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Adobe After Effects Distributed Rendering

written by: Misty Faucheux•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 10/6/2010

Distributed rendering allows you to section out work over various computers. But, how do you begin? Well, you need the Adobe After Effects distributed rendering plug-in.

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    What is Distributed Rendering?

    Distributed rendering is a method of cutting down how long it takes to render a video sequence. To do this, you need a network of computers since you will be breaking up the job of rendering the video across all of these computers. Basically, you will break up the video rendering job so that each computer within the network is responsible for doing a portion of the job.

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    Adobe After Effects Plug-in

    Adobe After Effects is a video editing software program that allows you to edit and add effects to your video sequences. It is compatible with both Source: GridIron Software the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. To accomplish Adobe After Effects distributed rendering, you need GridIron Nucleo Pro, which is a software plug-in for Adobe After Effects 7.0.

    This plug-in allows you to do distributed rendering, and it also allows you to render video sequences even when you are still working on other clips. It operates in the background, which means that it will continue to run processes even after you have stopped interacting with it.

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    Rendering in the Background

    To do this, you simply need to turn on the Spec-Render. This will let the system know that you want to keep rendering the program even though you have moved on to something else. Once you set up the system, it will keep rendering items as you make changes. It renders frames from cached images as opposed to adding new animations to every frame that you change. This allows you to quickly render changes that you have Source: GridIron Software made.

    To start rendering items in the background, you simply need to drag and drop any file that you want rendered into the Background Render box. You can also select the distributed rendering option within the Rendering dialog box.

    You can view the progress of items that you are rending by going into the Background Render box. You will see your render settings and output module. You can set this to lossy or lossless. Lossless means that you want an exact copy of the original data, without any compress. Lossy means that you want the file to be compressed. Lossy files tend not to be as crisp as lossless files.

    You will also see a status bar that shows you the progress of the video rendering, estimated time left and what frame the program is on. You will also see which files are still in queue. In this window, you can choose whether or not you would like the program to continue to render the file or to stop the rendering. If you stop the rendering, you will have to start from the beginning to finish rendering the file.

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    Other Plug-in Features

    Other features of this program include the ability to render 3D and 4D frames. You can also create proxies for your films.

    The distributed rendering tool is only for Adobe After Effects 7.0. For all other versions of After Effects, the plug-in will only do local rendering.