RAM Preview not real time on MacBook Pro M1 Max
I'm currently having to use After Effects 2021 instead of 2022 because 2022 will not RAM preview in real time. I'm running a brand spankin' new 16" MacBook Pro M1 Max with 64GB Unified Memory & 4TB of space. The system is screaming fast so this AE issue is evidently a bug. Please fix as soon as possible Adobe because AE 2022 looks amazing and I'm dying to dive in.
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Federico Lang commented
Version 22.5 is unusable. M1 MacBook Pro 16GB RAM, I can only get four FOUR frames of RAM preview. I am working faster on my fourth generation i7 machine (an 8 year old machine) than in my M1... This is terrible.
LTD VW Corporate commented
Just to add to this. Lots of performance issues still, even with the latest build AE 22.6.
MacBook Pro M1 Max 16" 32GB
Previews are slow, rendering slow or corrupted: many times I just get a blank output despite the file size being a few GB's - it's hit and miss which codec works best - ProRes, HQ, LT and Proxy all either work sometimes or not at all and sometimes I get slabs of green over most of the output. Other than Illustrator, the whole suite of apps I mainly use are buggy: Photoshop, Lightroom, Media Encoder and After Effects.
My 2013 Macbook Pro is better and faster than many of the apps and less buggy. The time saved in certain areas is lost with having to do work over and again or restarting the app or downloading older versions. Really painful at present.
Thomas Blatch commented
Same issue, working on an M1 Macbook, with AE 22.6 and Monterey, with or without Rosetta, it gives me the same issue and does not allow me to preview more than 5 frames at a time. It only works for a few minutes after a clean reboot and then changes and only allows you to preview a few frames, which is completely unworkable. I wish Adobe would fix all their issues and improve their performance on all their products before releasing new tools and features.
Robert Dee commented
Echoing others. Renders a few frames and then comes up with low memory warning.
Vincent Chodez commented
yeah same here, best and quickest way I found to fix this is to RESTART AE...
I know it's annoying.
btw shortcut to restart latest project is ⌘⌥⇧P
Sean K commented
Chiming in. Trying to do work on this is impossible. Won’t render more than a few frames at a time. Renders taking forever and are often colour inaccurate (although it seems the latest 22.6 has fixed some of that). I switched back to my 2018 intel mbp 13” and it runs better than my M1 Max 32GB MBP. Very frustrating trying to hit deadlines. Spoke with Adobe support last night and they couldn’t figure it out and said a more “senior agent” will be in touch with me.
George Radu commented
Same problem here, I can not even play a 4k video without any edits in it. Tried all the versions so far, 22.6 22.5 22.4 22.3 - the app is not usable, it makes you go crazy even with the small edits ... this needs to be fixed (using an MBP M1 16GB ram)
Ben Redpath commented
After Effects 22.6.0 MacBook Pro M1 16GB ram - I can barely use RAM preview at all and rendering is super slow in AE and Media Encoder. This needs to be fixed.
FJ Edit commented
Hi! I'm also having problems with broken RAM Previews with the latest version Apple Silicon version of AE 22.5.0 running on a M1 Max, Macbook Pro, 64GB, 4TB Monterey 12.5.
At some point, around 20 GB into my disk cache, it refuses to re-cache, replace or play any of the old blue rendered parts. creating lots of gaps and shrinking the green parts more and more each time I want to preview until I'm left with just a few frames. A quick fix is to Clear my Disk cache (set to 200gb), but this will only fix the problem temporarily, especially when using a ProRes clip in my timeline. 20 gb is easily filled in minutes.
Hope this will be fixed soon, bc I like certain performance improvements already. But like everybody is really asking, it really feels like a tedious slow process, just at some point have the guts to re-engineer the * program from scratch :). Personally would rather loose a few favourite old plug-ins and scripts in favour of a real rock solid competitor to other vfx motion design tools that fits the need of modern artists and programmers.
With ram preview fully green. My M1 Max still struggles to play back my ram preview at 30fps.... why? Its ram previewed... it should be playing back at realtime.
It hovers around 24-28fps seems to only be happening when i have motion blur enabled.
Matthew Woods commented
Just a tip from a long time AE user. I have never found rendering via Media Encoder reliable. Best to render ProRes (or other non-temporarly compressed codec) directly from AE, then compress that to H264 (or other destination format) via Media Encoder. You get better file size and quality for your final H264.
Brian Sadler commented
Echoing the same sentiments around render preview issues, but also – and even worse – are failures to send to media encoder, encoding render times are long, ME render failures, AE crashes, infinity beach ball and generally poor processing. To get projects to completely render I must restart the machine and in some cases I have had to resort to splicing together multiple renders into one final comp just to get the job done.
Essentially at work stoppage.
MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2021)
Apple M1 Max, 32 GB
caroline busson commented
Hi, same problem here: brand new M1 running AE (without Rosetta). I can't load the preview at all. The footage color is Rec 709 Gamma 2.4 and this color space doesn't exist in the list in AE. What's the solution here? If i set the color space to "none", the problem doesn't go away
Aaron Asbury commented
We were able to get our After Effects running properly by running WITHOUT Rosetta, and adjusting some of our playback settings. I hope these help some people out because these issues were really slowing us down and I was tempted to downgrade back to my old computer.
In Preferences / Previews - We changed Viewer Quality to Faster
In Audio Hardware, we changed the Buffer Size to 128 samples.
We also lowered the RAM reserved for other applications to the lowest allowed (3GB)
Gregory Foster commented
John, Happy to help you with this and supply any information needed. I have tried several versions of AE with the same file and still not getting previews that run at all. I can export the file in less 2 mins yet cannot get a preview at quarter size to work?
Gregory Foster commented
I am having the same issue. I have a maxed out M1 Max Macbook Pro and I cant even preview a 5second section of animation in AE. Ive just updated it to latest update and it seems even worse!!!
Can Adobe just stop adding pointless new features and get the basics working first!!
Matthew Woods commented
This is not a new issue, and not unique to the M1. The problem has been around since 2016. I have it on my 2017 iMac pro as well. See this thread:
The fact that After Effects will not playback cached frames in anything close to realtime is my number one issue with the program. I hoped you all would finally fix it when rewriting stuff for Apple Silicon. Apparently not.
Alaric Holloway commented
I just obtained an M1 Ultra Mac Studio. Preview is not even marginally faster than my 2019 Intel Macbook Pro. I'm running After Effects 22.6.0 build 23 natively on M1, and After Effects 18.4.1 build 4 on Intel.
I will be uploading a simultaneous side-by-side recording of these devices to YouTube shortly and publishing to Reddit / Twitter / Apple / Adobe / and whatever other relevant channels come to mind.
Adobe has grossly misrepresented the performance gains of M1-native After Effects. The lack of transparency is disturbing, bordering on deceptive. When can we expect genuine, broad-reaching performance increases on M1 as opposed to cherry-picked numbers under artificially fabricated scenarios? Adobe has no answers.
UPDATE: Recording of side-by-side performance can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnn0DcosO4w
Thomas Crosby commented
Brand new m1 max mac studio. After Effects has been seriously disappointing. Both in performance and rendering times.
I dont understand how this machine is somehow slower then my six year old macbook.
Sarah Low commented
Echoing the issue many are experiencing here. Brand new M1 MacBook Pro running 22.4 on Monterey 12.4. Making changes to a credit scroll I'm working on -- text only, zero effects and plug-ins used, takes longer to preview than it did on my old Windows machine. Completely unacceptable; even changing text from bold to italic gives me the beachball and even then takes about a minute and a half to show up in my preview window.
A fix is long overdue.