Stupid me didn’t realize you have to actually enable multi-core processing in Adobe After Effects for the software to take advantage of the feature. All this time I’ve been rendering video files using only one core.
I just discovered this setting (in the usage/memory area of preference settings) and I’m now rendering out files at nearly FOUR TIMES the speed I previously was. Currently I’m removing 3:2 pulldown from a ProRes QT file, applying a watermark, and changing the aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 (taking advantage of being able to crop letterbox bars at the top and bottom). The whole process on a 102 minute 720x486 file (rendering to lossless .avi) takes less than an hour.
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