3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 26, 2013 7:55 AM by Rick Gerard

    After Effects CS6 - Very slow workflow

    EFEKT Studio

      Hi everyone, my first writing in adobe forums. I've contacted 3 adobe support agents, but I didn't get much help from them. Recently I switched from PC to Mac Pro, having Adobe Production Premium 5.5 for Windows and now upgraded to Adobe Production Premium 6.


      First I tried a trial of After Effects CC and I was surprised how slow it is. Now I'm using AE CS6 full version and it's a bit better, but still pretty dang slow. (The video I made for adobe support explaining the problem is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jsZZpH0vYU )


      To try to cut long story short. In the video adove, I've created couple of text layers and couple of shape layers. Made them 3D. Added a camera too. When I move the camera, everything is refreshing extremly slow. It's like you're having 100 3D layers and very busy scene,

      and actually it's few most simplest 3D layers. The agents from adobe support told me to switch to half rez, or draft mode etc. But the problem is, I do not want to work in half rey, draft mode or something similar, with my configuration it should work pretty normal. Never

      had these kind of problems in AE CS5.5. I tried everything, updated the software, updated my Mac OS, disabled global cache, even disabled multiprocessing etc. Btw, rendering is okay.


      Is this the way CS6 is made? Is it supposed to be slow? Because, literally I got an answer from the agent that AECS6 is designed like that, in other words, to be slow


      I really have no idea anymore how to make this work. I would like to get back to my lovely 5.5, but I only have license for Windows. If you guys could help me, I would really appriciate that.


      I use:


      * Mac Pro

      * 2 x 2,4 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon

      * 64 GB 1333 MHz DDR3

      * ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024MB

      * 2TB HDD

      * 2 x Apple LED Cinema Display 27"



      * After Effects CS6 -

      * Mac OS X 10.8.4

      * I haven't had this problems ever before (using ae for quite some time)

      * At the moment no 3rd party plugins installed






        • 1. Re: After Effects CS6 - Very slow workflow
          Andrew Yoole MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          I just did a Mac comparison between CS5.5 and CS6 using a comp almost identical to the one in your example.  Results seem about the same to me in both:  full quality previews at full res redraw about once per second when rotating the camera.  I don't have a Windows machine with me today to compare, sorry.


          Your previews would draw much faster if you enabled OpenGL previews, Adaptive Resolution or Fast Preview mode.  Make sure Depth of Field is turned off for previewing.

          • 2. Re: After Effects CS6 - Very slow workflow
            EFEKT Studio Level 1

            Hi Andrew, I tried with adaptive resolution, it's all pretty the same. I only get a normal result with wireframe only I also notice these layer wireframes around them (for selection or whatever). I have a feeling that also slows down ae. I thought turning off "Show Internal Wireframes" will actually turn them off, but it doesnt.

            • 3. Re: After Effects CS6 - Very slow workflow
              Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              You'll have to get used to creating Ram Previews and using AE's interface in the right way. You should really go through the getting started materials on the home page and take a look at the FAQ. AE is a layer based pixel calculating beast that will do a lot more to a movie at 60 frames per second than Photoshop will do on to a still image. After Effects is essentially Photoshop for movies with a lot more options.


              If you want to smoothly drag through the timeline and playback multiple cuts with simple transitions and two or three layers then use Premiere Pro. If you need to use 20 layers and 60 effects to create a stunning composite or motion graphics effect then you're stuck with rendering at just about any price point.