How to Allocate More Ram to After Effects

How To Allocate More Ram To After Effects

Let’s face it: the default After Effects RAM allocation is a little on the stingy side, especially if you use any third-party plugins or add in a ton of stock footage. If you’re anything like us, you probably all your time working in the RAM-capped confines of After Effects, and not having enough RAM to do so is incredibly frustrating. 

To solve this problem, we’ve compiled a list of 11 tips that will help you allocate more RAM to After Effects and extend your workflow without spending a fortune or breaking the bank.

11 Tips to Allocate More Ram To After Effects

Add More RAM to After Effects

In addition to our list of 11 tips for allocating more RAM to After Effects, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that RAM is the most important thing when it comes to maximizing the speed of your computer. So while we might be alluding to the fact that you need to add more RAM to your system, we’re not actually going to tell you to buy more RAM. 

That being said, if you need to buy more RAM to get more work done, we’re not going to stop you. The important thing is to make sure you have a large amount of RAM installed that can be used to host your projects.

Get more RAM with a fast computer.

If you have a fast computer and you’re still not getting enough memory to use all the RAM you have, we’d suggest adding more RAM to your computer with a faster memory module. Unlike a faster processor, RAM is not an ongoing expense, so you don’t have to worry about it burning a hole in your pocket. 

For example, if you have 8GB of RAM installed on your computer, and you want to increase the amount to 16GB, you only have to pay for the additional 8GB of RAM. The same goes if you want to add more RAM in the future. There are two main kinds of RAM – DDR, and SDR. DDR RAM is cheaper, but SDR is more expensive but can run faster.

Increase the size of your project file

You may be surprised to learn that simply increasing the size of your project file can help you allocate more RAM to After Effects. If you’re running into RAM limitations on a Mac, simply open the Preferences menu and click the “Choose projects file size” button. This will allow you to increase the size of your project file.

Move your frames to different layers.

If you’re working on a project that uses a lot of layers, you may want to consider moving your layers to different RAM layers. This will allow you to allocate more RAM to After Effects. 

To do this, simply create two layers on top of each other. Instead of stacking your layers on the bottom layer, create a new layer above the top layer. Now, everything on the bottom layer will be available for use by After Effects.

Use Lower-resolution Video Instead of High-quality Video

lower-resolution video after effect

If you’re using high-quality video, you may want to consider using a lower-resolution clip instead. This will allow you to allocate more RAM to After Effects. 

To do this, simply create a new composition above the one that uses quality video. Now, create a new composition with a lower resolution (e.g., 720p). You’ll now have more RAM available to After Effects.

Remove unnecessary effects

If you’re running into RAM issues, you may want to try removing certain effects to see if that helps. For example, if you have a lot of layers and effects in your project, you may want to try removing some of the more unnecessary effects to see if that helps. This could include things like blur, liquify, and stabilization effects.

Also, remove potentially unwanted programs from your pc to enhance to processing power.

Take advantage of pre-rendered animations and motion graphics.

The pre-rendering options in After Effects are some of the best in the business, and they’re completely free. As such, it’s a good idea to take advantage of these features to allocate more RAM to After Effects. 

This means creating pre-rendered animation and using the pre-rendering feature. This will allow you to create a project that contains multiple layers that are animated and pre-rendered rather than rendered from scratch. As well as using the pre-rendering option, there are a few things you can do to maximize your RAM. 

First, make sure that you have the maximum amount of RAM possible by making sure that you have at least 8GB of RAM on your system. Next, make sure that all your projects are as RAM efficient as possible. This means making sure that you have as few layers as possible and that you have a few different types of footage on each project.

Install Adobe Creative Cloud Apps

Earlier in this article, we mentioned that a faster memory module could help you add more RAM to your computer. If you’d like to add even more RAM, another option is to install a fast memory module such as the HyperX Predator DDR4 or G.Skill SniperX DDR4. Both of these modules are extremely fast and will allow you to allocate more RAM to After Effects.

Enable GPU Rendering for Maximum Speed

A final thing to try if you’re running into RAM issues is to enable GPU rendering. This will allow you to allocate more RAM to After Effects. GPU rendering is enabled by default on Windows machines, but it’s not enabled by default on Macs. Once you’ve enabled GPU rendering, you’ll be able to allocate more RAM to After Effects.

Keep an eye out for unnecessary files and processes

Finally, as we mentioned at the beginning of this article, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that you should keep an eye out for any unnecessary files and processes. For example, if you’re using a lot of stock footage, it’s worth checking to see if you’re using the media manager to update how much RAM is being used.

Stop Overwriting SSDs When Moving Projects Between Machines

The final thing to remember when allocating more RAM to After Effects is that you should stop overwriting your SSD when moving projects between machines. This will allow you to allocate more RAM to After Effects.

Final Words

As you can see, it’s not that difficult to allocate more RAM to After Effects, and you don’t have to spend a fortune doing so. A few tweaks to your workflow, an additional RAM module, and a little attention to your project files can go a long way. We hope these tips help you achieve more in After Effects, and we hope you enjoy this article!

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