Issues with Fonts
I know this has been brought up by other users in some other forums, but I want to second and reiterate this occurrence - there is serious issues with sluggish performance in after effects with fonts, particularly when using fonts in projects that are not cloud/adobe font based. In some cases, projects freeze for 10-15 seconds on retyping a 10 character word in a text box. Across multiple text-heavy projects for client schedule demands, it's becoming a major issue.
Some people have provided workarounds, like resetting the font of a project entirely with a script, but in not all cases is this possible given the demands or expectancies of the projects.
I've seen Adobe professional responses suggesting this is not a problem and it has been reviewed.
This is a real problem that I experience daily in my own worfklow at this point, and I would hope that it is reviewed more carefully for users.
Projects particularly with text layers are becoming slow and impossible to edit and work in.
The current build of After Effects Beta (v22.6 build 21) is exhibiting much, much better behavior than previous releases, due to fixes applied to how font glyph tables are built. The long delays appear to be resolved, though in some cases I still see a short delay. (The developer who has been working on this code has done their best to resolve this, but some of the problems remain with the fonts themselves or in code that would require much more extensive revision.)
If you were experiencing this problem, please test the same project, comp, and fonts in the daily builds of After Effects Beta.
If you're still experiencing a delay when using certain fonts, could you please:
- Send a screen capture video of the behavior in the current build of After Effects Beta, as well the same project, comp, or font in an older release of After Effects where the problem is worse. I'd like to be able to see it first hand so that I know what to look for.
- Confirm in a comment below that if you are not using a problematic font on a text layer, these issues don't occur? I want to make sure that we've isolated the problem to these fonts and aren't chasing multiple possible root causes.
Daniel de Graaf commented
Hello all ,
Thank you for the update on this. I’ll look into the comparison more closely on Monday , but if what Ian is reporting is the case with the beta update ( no longer missing characters when typing quickly ) that alone is an appreciated improvement. Thanks !
Ian Davies commented
I had been experiencing this problem; it wasn't so much that the UI slowing down was the problem (although it was *a* problem) but that the app registering keystrokes had become extremely patchy whenever a problematic font was used.
The most obvious manifestation was of course text layers, and often typing any more quickly than 1 or 2 keystrokes per second would guarantee missing characters. It also affected other things like hitting space bar to start or stop preview playback, often needing 2 or 3 taps before the application actually responded.
From brief testing with the latest beta this morning, side by side with the same project open in 22.4.0 (56) and 22.6.0 (17) where I was typing at regular speed, the beta doesn't necessarily update the text layer any quicker, but when it does so it has at least captured all the keystrokes and everything I typed is there. Performing the same action with the current release build results in at least one missing character, even in short 5- or 6-word sentences, and usually more.
So, a definite improvement is evident, thanks.
Daniel de Graaf commented
Hey Tim, I appreciate the response. I can certainly provide specific fonts when I have them.
For one, I currently have a client using Oswald which is a Google Font - it is noticeably causing issues.
I have another project using Monotypes Enterprise cloud system , and the fonts in that project are similarly sluggish - that font is Monotype's Plak, both Plak and Neue Plak.
But frankly, I am seeing this type of performance issue with anything not adobe font based to be honest. I too can only describe my performance issues in layman terms , but that seems to be a consistent variable.
We recommend and design with Adobe fonts where possible, but in not all cases can we control that creative or directive.
Thanks for looking into it.