Is this complicated comp using the classic renderer, ray-traced renderer, or cinema 4d renderer?
What effects are being used in it?
the project takes a long time to load (3-4minutes). It's about 40 5k 3D classic render layer comps, using some particular and optical flares and fractal noise.
That sounds about right if it's opening onto a complex 5k comp with particles going crazy. It would have to take a while to render a frame to show it to you, but you should be able to still poke around at stuff since the UI runs on a separate thread from the renderer.
Unless your issue is something different than what I'm thinking it is, a faster processor would make the difference, but not much else.
What happens if you open it with caps lock turned on?
It's the same, basically. It renders fairly decently for the size, some frames as fast as 1 or two seconds at 1080p, so it is strange the preview takes that long to show up... Maybe it's just the way it is.
It may be the way it is, but, if so, it's not the way it should be...
What happens if you have nothing but a really simple composition opened inside one of your complex projects. That is, a large project with all kinds of complicated things, but the comp/timeline panels are all closed except for one that's just, like, one shape layer with a square (or something equally simple). Save it and then open it. Does it still behave that way?
I'm wondering if rendering the comp itself while opening is causing the issue or if it's doing something else unnecessary that's unrelated.
Any chance you could share a project file that demonstrates the issue so I can try to replicate it on my end? That way we can see if it's system-related.
That's exactly the same. The comp doesn't show in the viewer for a long time, even with just a solid in it and all other tabs closed on load. If I open a simple project it appears right away.
Another medium complex project also takes a while to show something in the viewer, but it is a bit faster.
Unfortunately I can't share this project at this time. . .
I guess I could try installing an earlier version of AE and seeing if that is faster.
thanks for the suggestions.
Please holler back if it makes a difference or not.