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    34 comments  ·  After Effects » Stability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Michael Wilson commented  · 

    Jordan - what is the preference file issue?

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    Michael Wilson commented  · 

    17.7 was the last version that worked but you now can't install that on CC any more

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    Michael Wilson commented  · 

    Strange that it's often TRs with 128GB.

    Anyway things that helped me were : increasing the memory available to other progs by a LOT more (which kinda negates the luxury of having so much RAM)

    ...or reverting back to 17, which is what I've gone with.

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    Michael Wilson commented  · 

    I went back to 17. It's much better.

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    Michael Wilson commented  · 

    Can anyone remember what the last stable version of AE was? I need to just go back to that

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    Michael Wilson commented  · 

    Hi Jordan,

    I'll give it a try at 8 bit for testing purposes for a laugh.

    What I found though while trying to hit my deadline today was that after rendering as much of it as I could between crashes into full quality proxy clips from the 32bit exr sequences (after doing colour stuff) became more stable for the whole sequence. So maybe it's related to using 32 bit exr sequences? Not an ideal solution anyway.

    AE colour is famously problematic but I think that's for another topic all of its own :)

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    Hi, I came here to complain about this exact problem in 18.4.1. I also have 128GB ram, also find that it just hoovers up the ram during a render then grinds to a halt, sometimes taking out other programs at the same time (Slack seems particularly vulnerable to being shut down, maybe this is a good thing, ha!). BTW this also happens on my other older threadripper system. Is there a link there as the other user is also using a TR?

    1. System Specs (Platform, OS, Hardware, GPU, Drivers, etc.).

    Threadripper 3960x, 128gb, various SSDs (nvme for system and cache), win10, rtx3090, latest drivers and windows fully updated. System is very stable normally.

    2. AE Preferences settings (particularly Memory & Disc Cache settings).

    Ram reserved for other applications : 28GB (but this doesn't work)
    Cache set to its own nvme disk, 150GB

    3. Specific details about your Project and the Comp you are trying to render, things like —
    Imported footage types (and resolution)

    Project color bit depth - 32 bit
    Comp Resolution - 1920*1080
    Number of layers - 4
    Effects applied - opencolorio, reelsmart motion blur, deep glow
    Expressions - N/A

    4. What are the exact steps you are taking from when you launch AE to when the issue occurs?

    Just have a big render queue of about 20 comps, it blasts through them until RAM is full up then it goes belly up (freezes, long hangs, system unresponsiveness), sometimes taking down other progs. It then has to be force quit from task manager

    5. What errors or other feedback are you seeing?

    Varies as you might expect from running out of RAM

    6. How exactly does AE crash? Are you getting the Crash Reporter dialog? Are you submitting your crash reports to our crash reporter system? If so, how might I search for them?

    No because it basically hangs, Occasionally it crashes on exit with the reporter dialog.

    For the record, I also feel AE is getting worse. It used to be super dependable, now it's getting to be a pain to use.

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    Michael Wilson commented  · 

    It's even worse now that realtime rendering programs like Notch and Unreal are out there offering real-time compositing all on the GPU - fair enough they aren't as feature rich (yet) but on the other hand, you can output a 4k comp with multiple layers, loads of effects, processing, particles, real 3d in pretty much REAL TIME in Notch but then you take the sequence to AE to maybe tweak a few things and you're back to treacle time - eg today it was 20min to reexport a sequence that was <1min to render from notch. You guys are stuck with 90s tech in 2021. Sort it out or you'll be overtaken. (And you'll deserve it)

    For the record I used to really like AE, I've been using it since the first PC version in the 90s! But it's going backwards at the moment.

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    I'm also working on very high res projects and running into this problem even on a 24gb 3090 and pc with 128gb ram. So, +1 for this.

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