GET RID OF RAM PREVIEW
No more RAM preview. Get rid of it.
It's 2022 I should be able to SMOOTHLY PLAY BACK MY FOOTAGE. I should be able to play it back in my timeline as if I'm watching it in Quicktime. Full frame rate. Scrubbing. No more stupid RAM preview.
Any subsequence updates that still allow this feature to exist is a waste of time. Stop wasting ours and your time by still supporting After Effects in the form that it is. We don't want it anymore. Fix it, please.
Nick Dorn commented
it's not going to change. after effects is a single core program retrofitted so that it can store and display raw image data in RAM. it has neither the ability to use multithreading to process RAM previews nor process effects, and if it does... well, it may as well not, for all the good it's doing.
this is a 30 year old program made for single core computers with less than a gig of RAM. that's like saying "this hammer you gave me has no gunpowder, give me a nailgun so I can finish this roof sometime this week."
it's only an unreasonable request because the contractor in question isn't willing to walk down the street to the store to buy THEMSELVES one to let you borrow, to make your job or their business model better.
meanwhile the guy on the roof next to us waves cheerily, with a portable air compressor nailgun he got for his birthday 5 years ago.
They expect you to work with suboptimal tools so they can pocket the difference. They profited over 4 billion last year. if they wanted to make a better program, they would have, but they're just cashing out on old work now. their stock is half the price it was last year, the last few updates have injected more bugs than bugfixes, there are over 475 plugins, but no significant new features- we're not even sure their coders fully understand the code their parents very well could have written. All they're doing is appeasing stockholders and project managers long enough to milk it one last time.
and I say it does need to die. look at it. this poor program. it was so strong in its prime, but now it's only a shell of what it once was. I wish I was exaggerating, but the speeds it works at truly is somewhere between gimped, crippled, and catatonic compared to just 5-8 years ago. Even CS6 was beginning to see some lag.