I am using After Effects CC 126.96.36.1994. I am running on Windows 7 64-bit, Intel i7, 16 GB of RAM on a nvidia 660m. The laptop is an Asus G75VW.
I am finding the interface overall very laggy when I have any more than a few layers in a composition. The simplest example is when I have a comp with only 4 solids in it. Drawing a selection box in the layer panel to select all layers is nice and speedy.
However, increasing this to 8 or 16 solid layers, there is a noticeable 1/2-1 second delay between moving the mouse and seeing the selection box change size.
I have installed the latest supported nvidia drivers, have switched Windows to the basic theme, and turned all system display options to be optimized for performance. I have also tried turning on/off the "Hardware Accelerate Layer Panels" options. Nothing I do seems to make the interface less laggy.
Is this normal behavior, or is there some setting with my video card that may not be working correctly?
Thanks in advance for the help.
I'm guessing that you have mistakenly created a composition using the ray-traced 3D renderer. Go into the composition settings and change that.
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No, I am using a Classic 3d composition. And my graphics card is not on the list of supported hardware, so I can't even choose Raytrace GPU as an option.
I am on WIndows 7 Ultimate, After Effects CC 188.8.131.524 which I believe is the latest update.
I have an i7 with 8 cores, hard drive is an SSD, nvidia driver is 327.23.
There is no external/3rd party hardware.
The source footage is only solids.
I haven't used After Effects on this computer before.
Quicktime 7.7.2 is installed.
No other software was running at the time.
There are no 3rd party effects installed.