8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2013 5:21 AM by dapacarter
dapacarter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am working on a Mid 2010 iMac with 8gb RAM and the normal Graphics Card and the proram is painfully slow

I am working in 3D

can anyone offer me some advice

 

I know I need to upgrade the RAM and this will help but should I change the graphics card as well?


Motion 4, iOS 6
  • 1. Re: Motion 5 working very slow
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,240 points)

    dapacarter wrote:

     

    I know I need to upgrade the RAM and this will help but should I change the graphics card as well?

    More RAM is usually good, but it's probably not something that will produce a night and day performance boost. As I understand it, RAM is most important when you have a composition with many layers.

     

    One work-around is to turn off  any layers that aren't critical to your editing. Another is to go to Render and select Resolution and Quality settings that will put less strain on your system – including temporarily turning off reflections, etc.

     

    Screen shot 2012-12-28 at 6.09.58 PM.png

     

    As far as upgrading your iMac graphics card, unless you are a DIY wiz, I wouldn't (they're not designed to be replaceable).  Plus, you'd void your warranty.

     

    Open Activity Monitor to see what's going on when your system slows. If your free memory drops precipitously, try repairing permissions in Disk Utility.

     

    Try changing the settings and see what effect that has. If you're still unhappy with the performance buy more RAM; you can double your RAM for < $50.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

  • 2. Re: Motion 5 working very slow
    dapacarter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok I have a mid 2010 27inch iMac i3 with 8gb of RAM

    OWC told me that I could update to 32gb of RAM

    I have tried twice once with RAM from OWC and just recently with Crucial neither time has worked so I am going to attempt to update to 16gb of RAM next I guess

     

    does anyone have any suggestions or experience with this?

  • 3. Re: Motion 5 working very slow
    David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,200 points)

    If your having slow downs you can bake (export) layers that have for example; particles, replicators or heavy lifting filters. Bring the export (ProRes 4444) back into Motion and turn off the layer(s) you just exported.

     

    An i3 iMac may not cut it when it comes to Motion. Motion 5 not only uses ram and the CPU, it uses the GPU too. Adding ram can't hurt it's not a cure-all if the computer itself can't do the job.

     

    Here is Motion performance test I just ran on my iMac:

     

    http://www.ubermediahd.com/blog/?p=137

     

    My computer:

    iMac 27" mid-2011

    3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7

    16GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x4GB

    2TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive

    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5

     

    Motion 5; no ram preview 17 fps, ram preview 47 fps...

     

    Motion 4; no ram preview 24 fps, ram preview 60 fps.

  • 4. Re: Motion 5 working very slow
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,240 points)

    David,

     

    Any thoughts on why M4 playback is faster than M5?

     

    Russ

  • 5. Re: Motion 5 working very slow
    David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,200 points)

    Maybe because... pixel color depth default in Motion 4 is 8 bit (you can set this)  and in Motion 5 it's set to 32 bit (you can't change this).

  • 6. Re: Motion 5 working very slow
    dapacarter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    David when you say bake what does this actually mean

    and if iMac does not cut it what do I need to cut it? what kind of machine can cope with this level of processing

  • 7. Re: Motion 5 working very slow
    David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,200 points)

    To bake something is to export and then bring it back into the project or into another project.

     

    Export (ProRes 4444 the layer(s) that is slowing your computer down. Import that back into your project and turn the layers you export off. Me... I open a new project and export that and bring it bring that into the project I'm working on. (I don't want my main project to crash.)

     

    Here's an example... I made a 3D coin in Motion. I used the replicator to make the 3D coin. I exported the 3D coin to ProRes 4444. Imported that into the project for this example.

     

    I have a very fast iMac and the replictor slowed down my computer.

     

    3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7

    16GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x4GB

    2TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive

    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5

     

    I don't think there a fast enough Mac to slove your problem...even a MacPro.

     

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  • 8. Re: Motion 5 working very slow
    dapacarter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    may i ask how you did the flip copin I think it is great, however I would want to use the process to animate a round logo I have for a client?