In this video tutorial you will learn about Rendering in After Effects in general but you can also see an amassing tool to speed up the render process,
This tool is called the BG Renderer script, and it has been developed by Lloyd Alvarez.
You can find this amassing script at : http://aescripts.com/bg-renderer/
See the second part of the tutorial here:
Text Tutorial of the Video
Welcome to Bluefx.net. This time, we’re going to talk about effective ways to render in After Effects. First of all â what is rendering? If you have to explain it to a client, or your grandmother, rendering goes like this. It’s like cooking: First you have to prepare your recipe, which is editing, and then you have to put the food in the oven and wait until it’s done cooking â which is like rendering.
Obviously rendering takes time, just like waiting for a good meal to cook. So let’s get right in to After Effects. Here is a project template I would like to render. I have been testing a lot of formats and ways to render, and I found out that one of the best formats to render in is actually QuickTime. So I’ll just select CompositionâMake Movie, and here you can adjust the settings, so click on Lossless Text here, and select QuickTime. Let’s see the format options. Photo JPEG is the format I would recommend â it renders pretty fast, without errors, and the file size is acceptable, and quality is very good. You may also use Animation, but the file size compared to JPEG is about 4 times as big. So let’s use Photo JPEG, click OK, and if you have audio you can also use audio. Click OK again. I am here in After Effects CS 5, and I’m also using a magic tool, which I will present to you. This, my friends, is incredible. This is a script that will let me render in the background. So, if I were to just go ahead and render this project in After Effects, then, while it renders, I can’t do anything â I can’t edit my project. I have to wait until the rendering finishes, which can take some time â up to three, four, or five hours, depending on the project, and you don’t want to wait that long just to make the other renderings, if you have many projects. I have the solution.
This is the background-renderer script. Did I tell you it is amazing? We are here in the project; you go again to CompositionâMake Movie; we have this selected, we set up the file format â QuickTime, Photo JPEG. Now, instead of hitting the regular Render button, hit this Render button at the upper right. I will show you how to get this script; I just want to demonstrate how it works. The project needs to be saved; I just click Yes, and save it on my desktop. And look what appeared â a new window in the background, which shows the progress as the frames are being rendered. The awesome part is that I can continue my work, editing; I can even close After Effects and open a completely new project, and the rendering will keep going on, non-stop. This means that I can put this project to rendering, and I can start editing another one, and I don’t lose any time.
Let me tell you a bit more about this incredible script. It has a couple options: I can set it to Low, Below Normal, Above Normal, or High priority; it’s good to keep it set to Low. This determines how much of the system resources will be dedicated to rendering. You need more resources available for editing during the background rendering. It can also use multiprocessing, and it has something incredible â it has an option called Post-Render Actions. If I click it, it will send an email, or SMS, or push message to my iPhone, telling me the rendering is completed.
I won’t get into the details of this; I will show you a tutorial that will show how to install this script. Go to http://aescripts.com, and click on BG Renderer. What you need to do is just watch the tutorial there; it will tell you each step that you need to take from configuring and installing the script, to rendering and using it. This script is not for free, but you can use a free two-week trial, and then you have the option to buy a basic single-user one, or for $29.99 a Pro user edition. The plugin is worth the price.
In the second part of this tutorial, I will show you how to set up multiple projects at the same time that are ready for rendering. So you make ten video projects, set them up, make them ready for rendering, and just wait until they are all ready. See you soon!