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Speeding Up Display Performance in Combustion 2

Adjusting settings to maximize your frame rate By Dave Nagel
As we've written in our reviews here at DMN, Discreet's Combustion 2 brings a level of compositing power to the desktop that was simply not available at this price before. But you will surely notice when you first use it on a Mac that the display performance isn't terribly great, especially when you're using the program's flashiest feature--particle effects. But the program can produce excellent display performance if you just know where to change the settings.

Combustion's default settings on the Mac cater to the lower end of the workstation spectrum, maximizing compatibility but minimizing display performance. But you can fix this up fairly easily, assuming you have a decent graphics card, such as the newer ATI cards or Nvidia cards.

First, go into your Preferences (File > Preferences), and click on the OpenGL General settings. Uncheck the "Use software OpenGL" option at the top. Also, you might want to uncheck some of the other options as well, as each one adds overhead to the rendering process.

Next, in the Workspace area, click on your composite.

Click on the Composite Controls tab, and then click the Settings button.

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