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Why does EffectsLab use up so much RAM?

Posted: Sat, 19th Nov 2005, 2:13am

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smallanditalian5

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I also wondered why EffectsLab takes up so much RAM? Is it because its such a powerful program or my computer?
Posted: Sat, 19th Nov 2005, 4:24am

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Your computer must be dated, because it doesn't take up too much RAM. RAM isn't that expensive, buy some more.
Posted: Sat, 19th Nov 2005, 1:40pm

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liquidX wrote:

I also wondered why EffectsLab takes up so much RAM? Is it because its such a powerful program or my computer?
When you navigate (scrub) to a frame in your project's timeline, EffectsLab will render a temporary copy of that frame (called Preview Renders) into its cache.

This is so that when you scrub back to that frame, as long as nothing has changed on it, EffectsLab can just display the previous render from its cache rather than having to render it again from scratch. This speeds things up quite a bit.

If your computer has enough RAM available, EffectsLab will store these temp renders in memory. Once EffectsLab uses up its allocated memory it will start to save these temp renders to your hard disk.

In the EffectsLab Preferences screen you can specify how much RAM you want EffectsLab to use for its cache. If you choose a high amount then EffectsLab can store more frames in memory and performance will be faster, but it will use up more RAM. If you choose a low amount then EffectsLab will quickly use up that memory allocation and have to save the temp renders to the hard disk, which will be slower, but use up less RAM.
Posted: Thu, 24th Nov 2005, 1:40am

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smallanditalian5

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Thanks for the full rundown of the RAm thing. I was looking to buy some more RAM for my laptop but the problem is that it only has 2 RAM slots and Toshiba gyped me by giving me 2 256 MB RAM cards. My parents offered to pay for 512 MB of RAM for X mas but if I bought that, I would have to take out 256 MB so I would only get half of what I paid for.... pretty crappy but oh well. Thanks for the help.
Posted: Mon, 28th Nov 2005, 2:15pm

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Hey don't complain. My computer supports a maximum of 512 RAM! Lol it's not very good at all.....I'm getting 256 PCI100 RAM for like $34.99! What a rip off!

Well I really need a new PC too because 512 RAM isn't too pretty..sadwink
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 3:33pm

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swg33k wrote:

Well I really need a new PC too because 512 RAM isn't too pretty..sadwink
WHOA.

Actually... that sounds quite like the computer I began moviemaking on -- an 866 MHz Pentium III machine with 512 MB of PC133 SDRAM, a Geforce 4 MX440 graphics card with 64 MB of onboard RAM, and an 80 GB hard drive. Those were the days... 3D Studio Max R3...

...ahh... memories. That computer still runs. I kinda miss it. smile
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