The CPU isn't the only possible bottleneck. Sometimes the bottleneck is disk throughput, sometimes RAM, et cetera. Also, some processes are single-threaded, so they will only use only CPU at a time.
See this page for resources about making After Effects work faster: http://adobe.ly/eV2zE7
Hi, Thank you so much for your response.
I have a fast external drive via thunderbolt 2, 16 GB RAM, I am using most recommended settings via the Blogs/Forums. Is there anything you can suggest?
Am I limited to less than 5% of one of the 6 cores that I have on my computer when rendering in After effects? Most other apps are using a lot more resources than my after effects renders.
Thanks again for your help! I must be missing something
I have a Mac Pro (Late 2013) with 3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5, 16 BG DDR, and AMD FirePro D500 Graphics cards.
I have been experiencing the same issue. Any workarounds? Just sit, wait and hope that the new release will fix everything?? I've been on the verge of ditching this $10k machine and buying an iMac just so that I can work!
Without knowing all the details of a project such comments are not much use. A single effect can cause such a behavior as can a million other things like using non-threaded CoDecs for output.