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Render Problems

- Nvidia Error Code: 6 - This means you are maxing out your graphics card’s VRAM. Steps to lower the GPU requirements of the Element layer:

 
  • Lower Multisampling in the Element Output controls. You can turn it down as much as 0 depending on the project.

  • Try lowering Element’s Render Settings for settings such as Ambient Occlusion, Motion Blur, Depth of Field, etc.

  • Lower Particle Count in the Group settings.
     

 

- Render Problem - AE shutting down or Element error during render - Steps to try:

 
  • Lower Multisampling in the Element Output controls. You can turn it down as much as 0 depending on the project.

  • Try lowering Element’s Render Settings for settings such as Ambient Occlusion, Motion Blur, Depth of Field, etc.

  • Lower Particle Count in the Group settings.

  • Disable Multiprocessor Rendering inside of After Effects. To find this option in After Effects, go to Edit--Preferences--Memory & Multiprocessing--Uncheck “Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously”
     

 

- Comps Larger than 1080p - This is somewhat normal for GPU's. Comps using Element that are larger than 1080p may cause problems if the GPU runs out of memory.  One possible solution to lower memory requirements is to set the Element render settings before you start working. To do this you could do the following:

 

1. Turn on the Caps Lock to avoid rendering

2. Add Element to a layer

3. Turn Multi-Sampling down to 2-4 which will lower the memory requirements

4. To improve Anti-Aliasing (But slow render) turn on Super-Sampling



- Camera and Lights Not Responding - One limitation to be aware of is moving the Element layer forward or backward on timeline can cause render issues with camera’s and lights. Be sure that your Element Layer, Camera and Lights start on frame 0 on the timeline.

How to fix issue:

1. If your object is not responding to a camera animation, most likely the layer has been shifted on the timeline or the timeline start frame has been changed.

2. Go to Composition Settings and change the Start Frame to 0, and if your composition is really short, increase the composition length to give some room for moving layers around.

3. Hit OK and your layers should appear like they are on frame zero but they are actually still being cut off. Select the Element layer, Camera and any Light layers, and drag them to the right of the timeline.

4. Then extend the front of the layers to the left, just before you see the white tick marks on the layer (showing that you’ve gone past the first frame mark for the layer). Then move the layers to frame 0, and that should resolve the issue.

5. If issues with lights persist, it may be a normals issue on the model, check out 3d Object Troubleshooting for info on that.


 

 

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