I tried content-aware fill the other day for the first time, to see if it could be useful for an upcoming project. Admittedly, I’m trying it so far with 4K drone shots (I am precomposing them into an HD comp)… but it’s slooooooow. I am trying it in a 600 frame shot, and it’s taken about 12 hours to render 125 frames.
(Again: I’m using 4K footage, but I added it to an HD precomp and then put the precomp in the final HD comp).
Which brings me to my question: is there a way to stop and restart the content-aware render phase? From what I’ve seen, if I stop the render there’s no way to restart it again and have it pick up from where I left it: it just starts from the beginning again.
You probably already know that you can move your playhead around and keep on working on something else while it’s analyzing and rendering the fill sequence, but did you know that it’ll change which frames it’s rendering based on where the playhead is? What that means is, if you have a frame or two you really want to make sure it’s getting right, you can put your playhead on those frames and check them out before it goes through and renders the entire sequence.