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  1. 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.

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      230 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Disk playback instead of RAM,

      I get that 20 years ago hard drives weren't the quickest and there was a limited choice in codecs so it made sense to playback from RAM. But now we all have SSDs and DNxHR exists I don't get why AE has not been re-written to playback straight from a hard drive rather than moving it into RAM first. It would be great for AE to playback from disk with a choice of codec and bit depth dependent on a users needs and system capability, much in the way that Resolve does with smart cache (see pic). Uncompressed I gather…

      90 votes
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        11 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Multi-GPU support for Mercury engine.

        Modern desktops & laptops often got more than one GPU. Currently there's no way to utilize more than one of them.

        96 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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...

          14 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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."

            72 votes
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              6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Camera Lens Blur Effect : GPU Accelerated Please!

              I use the Camera Lens Blur effect often, because it's awesome for creating realistic Depth of Field- when you plug a depth matt into it.
              This can be a Zdepth pass from a 3D renderer, or you can just paint one up in Photoshop to use on motion tracked matt painting work.
              Or mock up a simple instagram 'tilt-shift' treatment with a couple masks in a precomp (attached 4k example AE Project)
              It's the most sophisticated spatial blur in the AE toolbox, and it is super CPU intensive!
              Vote this up to get on the list of GPU accelerated Effects…

              8 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

                7 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • True Metal 2 support

                  In 2015 Adobe said that metal would have improved amazingly After Effects on Mac with 8x faster renders and previews. Now on the settings you can choose Metal instead of OpenCL, but for my results it is at best 5% faster. With Metal 2 released the performance improvement should have been evident but it isn't. It would be amazing if Adobe created an update with a good part of effects fully optimized for Metal (even if not all of them) like they demonstrated in 2015 and with the support of eGPU acceleration on the internal display. I think AE is…

                  31 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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…

                    7 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 7 votes
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                      • Allow plug-ins to output values for expressions to reference

                        Even though the new Javascript engine will evaluate scripts faster, it would still be great if plug-ins made with the SDK could calculate and output data values that can be reference/pickwhipped by expressions.

                        For example, take the 2d positions of 2 nulls and output in the plug-in UI :

                        A slider showing distance between them
                        2d Point showing the midpoint between the positions
                        Angle showing the angle between the points
                        Stretch % based on the distance between the points relative to their original distance.

                        This is a very simple example, but if you're calculating Inverse Kinematics you end up duplicating…

                        3 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • BUG: Using a 4K monitor results in droping frames from RAM preview

                          I recently upgraded to a 4K monitor. Now RAM previews consistently do not play back real-time. Changing the resolution of the monitor to 1080p OR resizing the entire After Effects application window to a quarter screen results perfect playback. I've tested this on several other workstations that either have 1080p or 4K monitors and have been able to reproduce this. They all have different graphic cards and plenty of RAM. I've played around changing the MST settings on the display without any changes.

                          Tested on several versions of:
                          Windows 10 Pro
                          nVidia 1070's / 1080's
                          32 GB Ram

                          Latest nVidia…

                          8 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • eGPU (External Graphics) Support

                            The ability for After Effects to see and use an eGPU unit to take advantage of more GPU power.

                            30 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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…

                              9 votes
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                              • Bug Report: masks in AE 2019

                                Whenever I edit a mask, the mode goes from add, subtract et al to none. This happens with every project and is massively frustrating. I'm using the latest version of AE on Windows 10, i9 9900k, 64GB RAM and a 980ti. Here's a link to a screen recording of the glitch https://www.csmotion.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/2018-12-06_10-57-18.gif

                                2 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thank you for filing this bug report, and for providing a screen recording of the problem in action.

                                  I do not reproduce this problem on my computer, so I suspect this problem is configuration-specific.

                                  Have you tried resetting the preferences for After Effects? To reset the preferences for After Effects, do either of the following:
                                  - (Preferred) Choose Preferences > General > and click on Reveal Preferences in Finder (macOS) or Explorer (Windows). Then quit After Effects and move the parent folder of these files (the version number, ex. 16.0 or 15.1) to your desktop. If this step helps, you can try moving your individual preference files back one at a time, or if does not resolve the problem, you can move the entire folder back.
                                  - Hold the Option (macOS) or Alt (Windows) key while launching After Effects.

                                  One thought that occurs to me: when modifying a mask in…

                                • 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

                                  15 votes
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                                  • Unable to interact with other programs

                                    I work on multiple PCs where this has happened. There are some times when I'm working in CC2019 that I'll try to interact with another window (a Chrome window, Premiere, etc) and won't be able to. I will only be able to interact with After Effects. The only way for me to fix this is to hit CTRL-ALT-DEL. After that, I have functionality in all my programs again. This only seems to happen when I'm using After Effects. None of the other programs do this.

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                                    • Bug report: MP4 slow performance

                                      Importing MP4s from a network drive causes After Effects to take much longer to "refocus" when switching between apps. If there are any MP4s in a project then switching between apps and then back to AE can cause very noticeable delays before AE becomes responsive again. This has been a problem since at least CC 2017.
                                      This behaviour is still a problem even when the "automatic footage reloading" option is turned off. Removing all MP4s from a project fixes the problem.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Improved UI responsiveness

                                        The UI response is slower depending on amount of layers (even if layers as simple as a shape circle) ....and it also is greatly dependend on CPU clockspeed and screen resolution. Scrubbing line in the timeline jitters as if the program struggle to move a vertical line of UI without even updating the preview frames.

                                        Example: Going from my 6 core 4.4GHZ machine to a 16 Core 3.8GhZ Threadripper GREATLY reduce the UX experience within the program, despite all other hardware being the same. And no other program has given me anything near the same slowdowns as AE.

                                        The UI…

                                        22 votes
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                                        • After Effects brush bug

                                          After Effect's pen pressure for the brush isn't compatible with the latest Wacom tablet drivers. I've seen this topic a lot in the Adobe forums, but it seems that Adobe has not yet addressed this issue.

                                          In the attached picture I've selected Brush 19. When Size is set to Pen Pressure (as in the photo), I can only draw those very thin and almost invisible lines on the left. When the Size is set to Off, I can only draw those two thicker lines in the middle. This seems to be a common issue in AE with no fix yet,…

                                          13 votes
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