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  1. Layer/timeline window size shouldn't affect the performance of RAM previews

    RAM previews becomes slower (not real-time) and more inconsistent, the larger the timeline/layer panel is. As soon as I make the timeline panel small vertically, I get real-time RAM previews.
    The more I exapnd the timeline panel vertically the slower the performance.
    I contacted support and they could not fix my issue, it seems it is a bug or performance issue that needs to be fixed within the program.

    2 votes
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  2. Bug: UI is glitchy and slow on high DPI monitors

    I'm on Windows, using a UHD 4K monitor and running 175% display scaling.

    After Effects scales the UI correctly, but the performance of the Timeline panel especially is atrocious. Merely trying to scrub the timeline is very laggy. There are also visual glitches, like vertical black lines, and the playhead not redrawing correctly when using J & K to move between keyframes (the playhead gets disconnected from the line in a redraw glitch). Even doing a RAM preview on a fully cached timeline causes frame drops.

    If I use the Windows high DPI settings dialog to override the scaling behavior…

    28 votes
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  4. newest version crashes immediate on open.Rolled back to 16.1.0 and it opens fine.

    newest version crashes immediate on open.Rolled back to 16.1.0 and it opens fine.

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  5. Interface slowdown when using multiple expressions

    Following up on Tim's request to post individual feature requests from Sander's site here....

    http://www.sandervandijk.tv/after-effects-features/expressions#faster-interface

    Expressions and coding are some of the most powerful tools AE animators have at their disposal, so the fact that using them has such a negative impact on performance is truly disappointing and counter-intuitive.

    Sander:
    "The interface slows down drastically when applying lots of Expressions, Code allows us to easily create complex animations and connect values. This is the highest on my list of improvements that After Effects can make."

    84 votes
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  6. Optimize performance of adding expressions with script

    When you loop through many layers with an ExtendScript, and add complex expressions to them, that takes a lot of time.

    I have the feeling this could be optimized a lot, since it is only a text being added on the layers properties.

    It seems to me that when I loop though the layers, every time I add one expression it calculates all expressions in the comp and then continue the loop to the next expression. Maybe if you could do something like this:
    1. Turn off expressions for the comp.
    2. Set the expressions.
    3. Turn on expressions again.

    1 vote
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  7. AE CC 2019 Speed on Mac

    Just updated to After Effects CC 2019 V16.0.0. MacOS High Sierra, latest iMac with enough of RAM and supported GPU. Preferences resetted. CC 2018 works like charm without speed problems.
    Anybody else experiencing a total slowdown of the UI with the new AE version?
    Everything feels like frozen and AE is practically useless.
    Sorry, cannot work with this. Returning back to CC 2018.

    If this is not a general fault, any bright ideas what to do? Please...

    15 votes
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  8. TSV data affects performance in AE

    Adding large TSV files with multiple columns and rows seems to bloat AE projects that link to the data.

    This is especially noticeable when multiple comps and pre comps link to data via expressions. It can be improved a bit by having the data only appear in one comp and then being linked to from other comps rather than adding the data to each comp. But overall the interface still runs much slower, and exports are considerably slower when rendering comps linking to data especially when the data file contains many rows and columns. Anything that can be done to…

    2 votes
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  9. Bug Report: Compositions not reacting when clicked.

    The compositions I have set will no open when double clicked. I have restarted my computer and AF tons of times now

    1 vote
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  10. Bug report: After Effects2019,2017,(&Premiere, Encoder) ProRes export issue

    PRORES (4444 and 244) Export as a wrong format despite the setting:
    E.G"
    Export Seting:
    Quicktime, 7680x4320 PRORES4444 RGB+ millions colors that makes 10sec- 3GB

    However,
    export as:
    Quick time 7680x4320 PRORES4444 RGB+ Trillions colors that makes 10 sec - 25GB

    Share link for Test Projects: https://adobe.ly/2Y49j5r

    This symptom continuously occurs up to VERSION 16.0.1 (Updated 20MAR 2019)
    Tested on;
    Windows10
    MacOS High Sierra V 10.13.6

    2 votes
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  11. Ram Preview stops being real time when markers are added to comp or layer

    Whenever I ram preview, even if the preview is running without delay (and the sound is synced), as soon as I add a marker to a layer or to the comp, the sound stops (I have mute audio if not real time on) and I cannot hear things. Very difficult for adding sound markers, there's no reason a user should have to open audition to make markers and bring them back into AE.

    3 votes
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  12. Can't select straight shape layer lines in viewer/composition window

    In the viewer window in after effects: I can't select shape layers that are straight lines. They can be diagonal, they can be square, but I cant select them in the viewer window if they are are a straight line. I've tried it on two other computers, and it's the same result. I've tried centering the anchor point. This makes it time consuming and difficult to animate certain scenes from illustrator.

    Example: http://i.imgur.com/wjE7ePm.gif

    32 votes
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  13. Caching frames slows the motion tracking process

    When doing Motion Tracking (or any form of tracking) the Frame Cache is being filled very fast with frames that have no effect applied, filling the ram quickly on systems with low ram.

    My suggestion is that After Effects disables the Frame Cache generation during tracking to avoid filling up the ram unnecessarily.

    1 vote
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  14. BUG: Sync Settings NEVER WORKS.

    Every time I upgrade After Effects to a new version, sync settings fails. Currently trying to upgrade to cc2019 from cc2018. From cc2018 select sync, 'Upload' and get message "Settings are already in sync with Creative Cloud. No synchronization necessary." Open cc2019, select sync 'Download' and get message "There are no settings stored in Creative Cloud for this account. No synchronization was performed." I tried looging out and then back in of the account to no avail. This issue has repeated itself every update cycle.

    9 votes
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  15. Refine edge tool crashes After effects every time, in every version.

    Refine edge tool crashes the program right at the next frame after using it. This problem has persisted over all the AE versions since I installed windows 10.

    1 vote
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  16. make AE use GPU for Christ's sake

    I bought 600$ just to make after effect faster until i noticed its using only 10%

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  17. Give options For GPU choice

    Allow an artist to choose which gpu to use if hooked up to an egpu, for example internal or external as at the moment, After effects is defaulting to the egpu rather than the internal one

    2 votes
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  18. Guys, is NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650 good for 3d renderer option?

    Guys, is NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650 good for 3d renderer option?

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  19. BUG: automatic footage reloading

    Automatic footage reloading, Usually don't work.


    1. Render 4 frames of seq

    2. Import to AE as footage

    3. Render whole seq of 200 frames.

    4. Manually reload seq but (error) still only 4 frames instead of 200..
      some times it is working and aftereffects updating, but after a while,
      usually after a new project becomes bigger, after effects just ignores

    2 votes
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  20. Still can't use 4K monitors with AE

    We are up to v16of this program and I am still unable to use my 4K monitors to the fullest (or close to it) because I get random black vertical lines on my timeline when scrubbing or previewing, and also RAM preview does not work. It just won't preview in real time.

    I have to set my monitors to the Windows recommended scaling of 200%, which makes everything bigger, but I would like to set it to 150%-175% to have more real state. I think this is something that should get attention as i'm pretty sure many people have this…

    9 votes
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