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  • CC creates larger .aep files comparing to older AE versions

    Posted by Maria Pixamins on November 29, 2022 at 6:04 am

    Hi there! I have a question. After effects CS6 used to save .aep project files really small in size (mbytes) comparing to a file created in CS2019 and above. The size is not changing even if the file is saved backwards for CS6 . The fact that it’s created in CC leads to a 2 and 3 times larger .aep file. For example a .aep file with just a layer created in CS6 vs created in CC.

    Any thoughts on how I can work in CC and maintain small size similar to CS6 .aep files?

    Maria Pixamins replied 12 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Walter Soyka

    November 29, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t remember noticing a significant difference in project file size between CS6 and CC. How big is your 1 layer file?

    Some features store a lot of data in the project file — the Warp Stabilizer in particular. If you want to maintain small file sizes, you might consider doing Warp Stabilization in a separate project and rendering intermediates.

    I’m not sure what the impact of using Creative Cloud Libraries is on project file size; I don’t use that feature, all though it was also introduced between CS6 and CC.

    Other than those notes, there are no settings that you can change that will affect the size of the AEP.

  • Maria Pixamins

    December 6, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    I am using AE to create templates, so most of the times I end up with a large .aep file including 200 transitions for example. My workflow includes saving all these comps individually (one by one). Thats were the size issue begins!

    When I save those individual files CREATED in CS6 -> each file size is less than 1MB

    On the other side when I save those file from CC each file ends up 8MB!

    Looks like the CC AE version cannot reduce the file size effectively (as CS6 does) when saving parts of a bigger project!

  • Maria Pixamins

    December 7, 2022 at 9:32 am

    So right now I have a .aep file – attached – with just one solid and its 9mb instead of a few bytes!

    This “one solid.aep” file came out from a big AE project made in CC2021

    So my guess is that after effects cant discard unused information effectively!

    Any ideas?

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