Full program multi-threaded support
After Effects would benefit greatly from being able to actually utilize all cores when rendering, rather than having to rely on a third party solution, like the excellent program Render Garden by Mekajiki.
Multi-Frame Rendering is available in After Effects 22.0, which shipped this morning.
Preview, Speculative Preview, the Render Queue, Adobe Media Encoder and command line rendering can all take advantage of Multi-Frame Rendering, enabling you to preview and render up to 4x faster.
22.0 also includes Speculative Preview, the Composition Profiler, and a redesigned Render Queue with notifications via the Creative Cloud desktop and mobile apps.
Read more about what’s new here: https://blog.adobe.com/en/publish/2021/10/26/cruise-through-creative-work-latest-release-creative-cloud-video-apps.html
Thank you for all of your feedback!
John Read commented
PS... Forwarding us to a 3rd party’s list of ways we can work around your issues is about the worst excuse for a response I have ever heard of. It is not our burden to fix AE via an entire blog post of PC hacks.. Take responsibility for your appallingly poor code optimization for a “modern” application. This is like when Facestagram turned off the engagement faucet with the launch of their first demoralizing algorithm back in 2017 and then responded to anyone calling them out with “if your pictures are underperforming, take better pictures...” *mic drop*
Treve Jackson-Hicks commented
I would just like to add my voice to this thread. I don’t really require any new features in After Effects other than performance.
My Mac Pro is sitting at 85% idle while rendering.
It is one improvement that would make every single tool more useful.
John Read commented
Nov 10. This year’s edition of After Effects is not even showing up as a full new release... I have downloaded PS, PR, AI, etc, and everything else shows up as the 2021 version, not AE, still stuck in 2020 with all of the other depressing news from this year. The extremely few “updates” for this version are very clearly meant for a few small headlines and nothing more. Nobody asked for a new 3D gizmo or roto brush 2.0, at least not before optimizing this rickety, old, duck-taped together, dino framework. I cannot even find a list of any performance enhancements for what is actually just a regular update... IT IS TIME TO SETTLE YOUR TECHNICAL DEBT ADOBE. Please and thank you.
Guess what app is rendering selected on a picture?
the dudes commented
https://digitalvideoaudio.typeform.com/to/R8yACg 👈 this survey of the AE-team is from April. But I filled it out anyways.
I took a look at the other topics in 'how can we improve After Effects?' I made me pretty angry. If you want any evidence that Adobe doesn't give two figs for its customers, look no further. At 918 votes, this is the highest priority BY FAR on the forum. The next nearest 'Label Colors for Keyframes' (OK, cool) is just 513 votes. Via customer feedback, this is the most important request.
@Daniel Gheorghe 100% the truth. If we had to pay to upgrade, based on the additional features, performance and stability, I have to ask - which version would you actually pay for?! And I gladly bought EVERY SINGLE version when it was a paid upgrade, it's not like I ever avoided it.
Daniel Alexandru Gheorghe commented
Such a joke this release.. if this wasn't subscription based, nobody would pay to "upgrade" from the previous version
Robert Moreno commented
wowwwwww thank youuuu a 3d gizmooooo I'm so excited!!! Dude make this thing fasteeerrr NOW!! I'm writing here frustrated trying to preview 4k comps, I also had time to make dinner and take the dog out for a ****
@Patrick Proier I was sarcastic. ;)
Patrick Proier commented
If Adobe would have redesigned the hole 3D engine with a modern poly based realtime engine, with rtx raytracing support and basic tools for modeling/deforming 3D geo (for simple logos or camera projections), import and export of 3D Data (abc., fbx., obj.), and a intelligent 3D particlesys with vdb. support i would have totaly agree with you.
But i see only a new gizmo that should have bin integrated 15 years ago and could have developed from a student in two weeks.
THAT'S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE UPDATE. THANK YOU ADOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ian Davies commented
@Luc Clayton I don't think it's a question of engineering smarts, and I wouldn't presume to tell the AE team how to build an app as complex as this one is. I'm talking about shoddy communication and shockingly poor management of a customer-facing forum.
What's the score now? 16 months and 434 comments since the already overdue "update" from our benefactors, and nothing has changed. Including After Effects. Unforgivable lack of respect.
Whenever this mythical, high-performance version of After Effects eventually arrives, the product managers have already ensured that their customers will be too ******-off to show any appreciation. Great job.
15 Sept - Adobe reports record revenues. When Adobe shifted to subscription, we were sold a lie: that the regular income would fund development and result in better products with more updates. Anyone actually think this is true? Updates used to have dozens of headline features, to make it worth upgrading. Now, if we're lucky, there are a a handful of things. And this is pretty much every product, not just After Effects. Apart from XD, which is updated all of time. As we all suspected the guaranteed income, coupled with a monopoly position, has resulted is coasting. Time is wasted developing Adobe's own dialog boxes instead of using the ones in the OS. Of course, they miss a load, so we have an annoyingly disjointed UI. We get new icons - designed be someone who doesn't realise that it's a good idea that they are all different colours, so we can tell them apart. Now we're all accidentally launching the wrong app all the time. So where is the money going? Look at your mailers. It's going into Adobe building its Marketing Cloud, not into the creative apps. I feel pretty certain that if they had sometime to tell us, we'd be hearing it. They might amaze us all by revealing a reengineered After Effects but I'm really not holding my breath. Although this is the After Effects forum, most of their other apps have other similar issues. Premiere Pro's famed 'stability' for example, making it the only video editor of the three I have installed which I guarantee will choke on a big project, crashing out without notice. This is the monopoly, they don't need to try harder because they are 'the standard'. They don't need to respond because our business is assured.
Luc Clayton commented
Yeah I think it's clear that over the years the AE team have been lost at sea. If I were to guess, I would say they keep making really bad decisions on how to progress the app. I'm sure at one point they thought that optimising for GPU was the way, then single core, and now who knows (something that works on ARM?). I bet in a dusty cupboard at Adobe there are a ton of attempts to make the program fit for purpose, but were all abandoned after they realised they were barking up the wrong tree, or got diverted onto another simple program that will get them more users. I guess they are a business so maximising profit is the most important thing to them, but as with all their misguided development, they fail to see value in communication or providing good value to their customers.
Ian Davies commented
One of the After Effects team members listed at the top of this post is doing a really, *really* bad job. Not sure which, and I'm not sure I care. The lack of any response or update whatsoever feels they're trolling us now.
John Myers commented
I have tried in vain to relay Adobe's absolute lack of communication around After Effects to their team. They don't care, they give me tons of "Oh yes, we're talking to the team about it and things are going to change!" Aaaaand, they don't. No updates on any of the other requests in here, even requests that have been marked fulfilled are not acknowledged. Meanwhile on the Premiere uservoice page and almost every other major app there are constant updates on progress. I am so absolutely utterly disgusted by the apathy from this team.
Michael Funk commented
Its about time to ramp up the speed of After Effects in general – NOW!. It doesn't matter what machine with what specs is used – AE just doesn't benefit much of higher specs. Everything above Full HD is a pain in terms of speed. 2K and 4K Footage is used more and more and in AE painfully slow – blowing every normal project timing. Don't miss understand me – i love AE – its my favorite tool – but i begin to wonder if we ever get an update in this matter. Some GPU accelerated effects here and there from time to time don't make a big deal. Everyday using AE is a lot of unused productive and creative time – because of the endless waiting for the next preview. CPU and GPU being not fully used by AE are unused resources on every machine. I think speed is by far more important than any new effect or other feature. I can get all my things done – but it just takes too long. Is there a time frame for speeding up AE? Adobe? Is this forum still active?
Robert Eggleston commented
I can appreciate the update from Victoria Nece from August 2019. If GPU support is the way forward then at least we have a clear path forward.
However, I'm finding that both my CPU and GPU utilisation generally doesn't peak past 25%, yet I can rarely playback in real time for even the most basic of animations. I'm doing really basic stuff here, trim paths animations, a couple of trak mats, a few shapes flying around or an image panning in Full HD.
I run my system on three SSDs as recommended by Puget Systems (boot, working files, cache). My computer is high CPU clock speed and was top tier three years ago. I have 8GB of dedicated graphics memory and 32GB of RAM.
I personally feel that performance should far exceed what it currently does and I believe that's been the sentiment with After Effects for the last five years.
As an aside, both Cinema4D and Blender allow use of either GPU or CPU. Perhaps this sort of arrangement should have been considered for After Effects? But I feel that the team is probably dealing with so much legacy code now that they're unable or incapable of making the sorts of changes that are necessary. I'm not a software developer so that is just speculation.