Adobe After Effects Renders Taking Forever? You Can Speed Them Up with Network Rendering

If you don't have the latest and greatest system (and even if you do), there is a great way that you can actually speed up your renders in Adobe After Effects. If you've got another computer system or two hanging around collecting dust, you can put those machines to good use by setting up Network Rendering in AE. Check out the tutorial below from Aetuts+ to get the full scoop and get your renders flying:

It's great that the other machines don't need another license of After Effects to actually participate, so you can take as many systems as you want and as long as they are on your network, you can get Network Rendering up and running. Faster is faster, so even if it's an older system, shaving off a few minutes from a render can be a big deal in the end (especially if it means you can go home early, or move on to something else sooner).

Check out this link for more information on different render setups in AE.

Who has set up Network Rendering? What would you recommend if you've faced any issues?


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Why does after effects 64 bit say it only uses 8% RAM when rendering is my issue currently.

July 31, 2013 at 2:53PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


CPU is taxed most likely.

July 31, 2013 at 2:59PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


That is just saying how much the foreground application process is using, not the background rendering processes.

July 31, 2013 at 3:31PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I've often wondered about that. Thank you!

July 31, 2013 at 5:36PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


While this can be great it's not very practical unless your comps are huge. I've done this with old iMac's around the office that were rarely used and while it was helpful it really didn't speed things up all that much. It adds several more steps to the process since your output will be image sequences. Not trying to say it isn't useful, it very much is, but it doesn't apply until your render times get ridiculously long.

July 31, 2013 at 2:58PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Thanks Joe Marine.

Your and Dave Kendricken's posts are always worth the time.

Yes, Robert Hardy too.

July 31, 2013 at 5:37PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I tried using this feature for longer form video projects. And I am Sad to say for video its not that great.

If use any thing like red or avchd you will have to trans code to QT files because the links get broken by the 2gig transfer limit.

And if you had any AE file in you premiere pro timeline you will need to render them out too as dynamic linked ae file will not reimport back into AE not even if its the same AE file.

Also multi cam edits don't transfer either, all the cuts default to the top track on the nested timeline.

I really wish they added a feature like this for premiere pro. :)

August 1, 2013 at 4:43AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM