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Chapter 16. Output > Pausing and Stopping Rendering

Pausing and Stopping Rendering

After you click the Render button, a Pause button and a Stop button appear in its place. Pausing a render comes in handy if you need to access other programs, or if you didn't plan ahead and you need to clear some drive space for the render. Stopping a render won't adversely affect a frame sequence—you can pick up where you left off—but it will disturb the integrity of a movie file, creating two movies instead of one.

To pause rendering:

1.
After the composition has begun to render, click the Pause button in the Render Queue window (Figure 16.20).

Figure 16.20. Click the Pause button in the Render Queue window to pause rendering and use the desktop or other programs.


Rendering pauses. You may use other applications, or manage files on the desktop. However, you won't be able to do anything in After Effects (not even close a window) except restart the render.

2.
To resume rendering, click Continue.

After Effects continues to render to the same file, from where it left off.


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