I get real-time previewing of cached previews on both Windows 7 and Windows 10 on my systems. So do most folks since there really aren't a whole bunch of other people with this issue!
That means the issue is likely something we can solve for you!. Let's try to narrow down the problem. Could you please share your hardware involved in your setup? Also, information about what's in your comp would be useful. (Resolution of the comp, frame rate, formats and codecs of any assets, plugins used, etc.)
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Inserting foot in mouth. I just opened up the project I tested before my initial post. I let the preview loop about 10 times and then it started playing in realtime. Alleluia, cant wait to start using cc2015! (sorry for crying before).
I have a brand new Windows 10 machine and can't get real-time preview on either After Effects 2017 or 2015.3 (126.96.36.199). So far I've only tried these two versions: Real-time playback will work for a second or two and then it won't for another second or two etc. Very inconsistent.
I could pinpoint the problem to something found in another post: Re: How do you get After Effects CC 2015 to manage to make a real time playback/preview?
" It would seem that having the playhead slider visible whilst previewing makes everything slow down. If I pick a place to preview from, move across the timeline so the slider isn't visible, ram preview works fine. Seems like the UI is conflicting with everything. "
This happens with either version of After Effects named above.
I've played around with the settings (Mercury Software or Mercury GPU, Raytracing CPU or "not supported GPU") but to no avail.
Could you please point me to a sollution?
System specs: Windows 10 Pro 64bit (10.0.14393)
CPU: Intel Core i/-6900K @ 3.2 GHz
Memory: 32 GB
Graphics Card: MSI NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070 8G
Driver Version: 188.8.131.5206
Are you saying that hiding the timeline during playback helps on your Windows machine?