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System Spec:

16 core 3950x
Nvidia rtx 3080
64gb of ram
1tb nvme
2tb ssd
4tb hdd

Software

AfterEffects - v17.5.1 (build 47)
MediaEncoder - v14.7 (build 17)

Problem:

So I'm outputting a fairly complex render at 1080p 30fps and the media encoder is only using 3% of the CPU and 6% of the GPU. I have always had issues with rendering but this new pc I have just bought should be rendering much faster than the old setup but they are basically identical. Can someone explain if there is something I can do to increase the performance or explain why the hell this shit is like this?

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So after quite some time it turns out ame is pretty useless on using as much comp resources as you have. I did how ever find a really solid solution. Rendergarden is a third party tool that splits the output render into chunks and renders them all in parallel. I went from using no more than 3% cpu to render garden using as much as I asked ie 96%.

This axes render times by a factor I genuinely cannot believe. In real terms it cut a 3h 52min render into a 24min job. (16 CORES SMASHES THROUGH RENDERS)

It does cost money but if you are experiencing this issue this 100% removes the media encoder render bottleneck.

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