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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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    332 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello everybody!

    (This post was co-authored by Tim Kurkoski (After Effects Product Owner), Andrew Cheyne (After Effects Engineering Manager), and Victoria Nece (After Effects Product Manager).)

    This thread has been sitting here for quite a while without a response. To start, we want to apologize for that. We haven’t been ignoring you or your feedback – this is just a particularly complex topic. That said, it’s time for us to check in with you, clarify a few things, and give you an idea of what we’re looking at for the future of After Effects, especially when it comes to performance.

    To start, we fully understand that you want After Effects to be as fast as it can be – utilizing your computer’s hardware resources to render as fast as possible. Over the last several years, we have been working on the performance of After Effects constantly. Sometimes those performance gains…

  2. BUG: Undo not updating viewer window until move viewer or zoom

    When you undo currently then the viewer doesn't update. The bounding box of what has been undone moves into place but the image doesn't update until you move or zoom into the image

    Running AE 16.1
    OS: OSX 10.14.4

    16 votes
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  3. 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…

    146 votes
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  4. BUG: GPU failure error with MP4 in timeline

    After the update to 16.1.2 I get an error when I have an MP4 file into my timeline. It's a simple HD MP4 which gave me no issues prior to the update. There are no effects on the layer. Windows 10, Nividia GTX 1080. Cache clearing does not resolve. Please advise.

    Error: "After Efects has encountered a failure related to GPU-enabled effects on this frame. This is likely because your GPU is out of memory."

    3 votes
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  5. 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…

    22 votes
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  6. RAM Preview Performance Bug... Again :\

    Since updating to the latest build of AE (16.1.2 Build 55) my ram previews are again unstable at best (a problem I haven't had with a number of previous AE builds).

    If I open a project that has a number of other reduced AE projects that have been imported into that project, my RAM previews stutter like crazy and the feature is basically unusable (again, a problem I haven't had with a number of previous AE builds… I’m so disappointed to see it return).

    If I reduce that project, I can get an almost useable RAM preview, but there’s still…

    2 votes
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  7. There's a bug - when you add a horizontal guide, performance slows way down. Hiding them improves it. Very weird!

    There's a bug - when you add a horizontal guide, performance slows way down. Hiding them improves it. Very weird!

    1 vote
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  8. Faster EXR handling

    Users have been requesting this for years and years and years. After Effects has the slowest handling of EXRs in the industry. Can we please finally get an overhaul of EXR import and bring it into the 21st century?

    2 votes
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  9. AE CC 2019 Slowing down [Windows]

    There is an issue where After Effects will slow down after having the program open for a while. Purging the cache doesn't work and the only solution is to quit and re-open it. The issue occurs on heavy projects or very simple projects with minimal layers.

    This issue seems to only be on Windows as I haven't experienced this on Macs.

    8 votes
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  10. 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.

    109 votes
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  11. slow text entry BUG

    When I have too many windows open in my workspace, the text re-draw can't keep up with my typing speed. When I type text into a comp, I have to type very slowly to avoid missing letters. However, if I close windows in my workspace, it keeps up. While this workaround will get me by, it's not acceptable. AE should be able to have as many windows open as I like and it should not slow down my system. I'm on a Mac Pro using the latest versions of everything.

    2 votes
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  12. Ram preview plays back slow on 4k monitor unless I hide timeline panel

    When your timeline panel is displayed on a large monitor, ram previewing is seriously compromised. If I simply hide the timeline, ram previewing works perfectly. I'm guessing that the code behind the timeline is super old, and needs to be free programs for bigger monitors.

    6 votes
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  13. AE 2019 Preview Renders Unusably Slow

    For some reason, comps in After Effects are spontaneously vacillating between previewing smoothly with almost no stutters, and suddenly screeching to a crawl, making it impossible to work even at quarter view. The comp is composed of simple 2D layers, and my machine is more than capable of rendering the preview as it's running an i9 9900K, 64Gig of 3200mhz cl15 ram, SSD storage and a 2080ti.

    3 votes
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  14. newest version crashes immediate on open.Rolled back to 16.1.0 and it opens fine.

    newest version crashes immediate on open.Rolled back to 16.1.0 and it opens fine.

    1 vote
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  15. 2 point line (pen tool) bug - when you can't select line, or align it correctly with other layers.

    PEN TOOL - If you holding SHIFT and draw a vertical or horizontal 2 point line with pen tool it causes a bug - creating a random little artefact in a middle of a scene, you can't select that line with selection tool (unless you precisely select that 1 pixel box in a centre of a stage) and you can't align that line correctly with other shapes.

    2 votes
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  16. Optimize UI performance on 4k screens

    UI was working fine and smooth using 1920x1080, but since the day I work with a 4k monitor it is terribly slow. I had to tweak some windows settings to get better performance, but this makes the UI look blurry... so either an awfully slow UI or a blurry UI...

    1 vote
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  17. Optimize performance of adding expressions with script

    When you loop through many layers with an ExtendScript, and add complex expressions to them, that takes a lot of time.

    I have the feeling this could be optimized a lot, since it is only a text being added on the layers properties.

    It seems to me that when I loop though the layers, every time I add one expression it calculates all expressions in the comp and then continue the loop to the next expression. Maybe if you could do something like this:
    1. Turn off expressions for the comp.
    2. Set the expressions.
    3. Turn on expressions again.

    1 vote
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  18. 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."

    80 votes
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  19. cryptomatte plugin became unuseble in 16.1 update

    cryptomatte plugin became extremely slow. Viewpert takes a long time to update each frame

    2 votes
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  20. 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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