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Proxies

A proxy is a lower-resolution image that you substitute for a high-resolution image so you can work faster. Think of proxies as the Mini Me of visual effects. Because the images are smaller, you drastically decrease your disk access time, your memory consumption, and your processing time. Naturally, your quality will suffer as well, which is why proxies are generally for testing purposes. Once you are done assembling your script with proxies, you return your script to full resolution to render your final output.

In this example, you have the full-resolution image and a ⅓ proxy. In the following images, you can see that the proxy takes up one-ninth of the space, meaning potentially only 11 percent of the processing time, memory usage, and disk activity.


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