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  • AE CS6 (Mac) hangs opening a project

     Matt Rhodes updated 8 years, 7 months ago 3 Members · 6 Posts
  • Douglas Dye

    July 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks in advance. I was experimenting with the new ray tracing, reflection and shadow features in Invigorator Pro v.6. When I went to open the project back up, AE just sits there trying to render it forever.

    The project is only a few seconds long, there’s no real footage to render, and I didn’t move anything around in the timeline. I’m only using one AI file (2 layers).

    I have a Mac Pro 6-Core Intel Xeon with 10 GB of Ram (Snow Leopard), so the machine shouldn’t be the problem…

    Any ideas? Is there a way to stop the rendering of a project when AE starts?

  • Douglas Dye

    July 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    One more thing, I noticed before that Ambient Occlusion was really slowing up renders…

  • Edward Wu

    July 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Douglas,

    If possible, please send the project file to me so I can take a look and see what is happening with the project.

    To turn off rendering when you open the project file, enable the “Caps Lock” key and it will skip the render when the project is opened up.

    In regards to your question about Ambient Occlusion, it’s correct that any time you use Ambient Occlusion or anything that requires Ray Tracing, it will slow down your rendering time. To speed up the preview, you can decrease the amount of Rays that are being used and it will speed up your preview times dramatically.


  • Douglas Dye

    July 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm


    Sorry it took so long to respond. I went ahead and recreated the project (turning off Ambient Occlusion before saving it). I find that the second time you go through something, it improves your understanding of it. Then I got caught up in work for our paying clients, and…

    I still have the file that won’t open. If it will help in your development, please let me know how to get it to you, and I’ll send it along.

    Thanks for your reply.


  • Douglas Dye

    July 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Sorry to post again Edward (Why can’t I edit my post to add to it?) but after following your advice about the caps lock key, I found that it was Transparent Shadows causing the render to hang, not Ambient Occlusion…


  • Matt Rhodes

    July 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Doug.

    Yes, please send us any problem projects. We’d like to fix any bugs users are finding.

    Send files to: [email protected]

    Thanks a lot.

    Matt Rhodes
    Zaxwerks, Inc.

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