10 Replies Latest reply on Jul 25, 2017 1:19 PM by Gutterfish

    Rendering problem


      Hi! I have Adobe After Effects CC 2017, i made a video about 4 minutes, some motion animations in the beginning and then a simple audio spectrum.

      But it takes a lot of time to render. Almost five hours.

      After Effects uses my CPU because it doesn't want to use my GPU (i don't know why).

      Also my laptop specs:

      Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600) (9600.winblue_r4.141028-1500)

                 Language: English (Regional Setting: English)

      System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.

             System Model: X550EP

                     BIOS: X550EP.303

                Processor: AMD A4-5100 APU with Radeon(TM) HD Graphics     (4 CPUs), ~1.5GHz

                   Memory: 4096MB RAM

      Available OS Memory: 3524MB RAM

                Page File: 3143MB used, 4988MB available

              Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS

          DirectX Version: DirectX 11

      DX Setup Parameters: Not found

         User DPI Setting: Using System DPI

      System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)

          DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled

      Display Devices


                Card name: AMD Radeon HD 8330

             Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

                Chip type: AMD Radeon HD 8330 (0x9832)

                 DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)

              Device Type: Full Device

               Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9832&SUBSYS_148D1043&REV_00

           Display Memory: 3054 MB

         Dedicated Memory: 1518 MB

            Shared Memory: 1536 MB

             Current Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)

             Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor

            Monitor Model: unknown

               Monitor Id: CMO15A7

              Native Mode: 1366 x 768(p) (59.989Hz)

              Output Type: Internal

              Driver Name: aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32,aticfx32,aticfx32,atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.d ll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll

      Driver File Version: 8.17.0010.1267 (English)

           Driver Version: 13.352.1013.1001

              DDI Version: 11.1

           Feature Levels: 11.1,11.0,10.1,10.0,9.3,9.2,9.1

             Driver Model: WDDM 1.3

      Graphics Preemption: DMA

      Compute Preemption: DMA

                 Miracast: Not Supported by WiFi driver

      Hybrid Graphics GPU: Not Supported

           Power P-states: Not Supported

        Driver Attributes: Final Retail

         Driver Date/Size: 2/13/2015 16:11:38, 1329864 bytes

              WHQL Logo'd: Yes





      What should i do?

        • 1. Re: Rendering problem
          Roei Tzoref Adobe Community Professional

          5 hours for 4 minutes of video sounds perfectly normal. given the fact your computer specs barely qualifies for Ae's system requirements, I would say you are lucky to finish a project. As for GPU, most of Ae does not benefit from GPU acceleration. You could try to enable it for effects in the project settings if there's an option for you there. It probably won't help anyway.


          What I would do with such a long composition is render a lossless version in QT Animation and then use that for encoding in AME so I can experiment with different compressed outputs without the need to render the whole thing all over again.

          • 2. Re: Rendering problem
            Nexahs1138 Level 3

            Perfectly normal? Not to me it doesn't, I've edited Battlefront footage and added stuff in for a 10 minute video and only ended up with an hours render time, but the time is completely dependent on what is in the video.


            cristian™ what sort of animation have you done and what is the audio spectrum like? Are you rendering from AE or AME?

            • 3. Re: Rendering problem
              Dave LaRonde Level 6

              Welcome to Adobe software.  Get used to it.  Or don't use it.

              • 4. Re: Rendering problem
                Warren Heaton Adobe Community Professional

                While a 1.5GHz machine might make it to the finish line, it isn't going to win any render races. 





                • 5. Re: Rendering problem
                  ToolfarmJP Adobe Community Professional



                  I would also recommend to use Media Encoder application. It may show you other options about rendering.

                  • 6. Re: Rendering problem
                    Gutterfish Adobe Community Professional

                    https://forums.adobe.com/people/Dave+LaRonde  wrote


                    Welcome to Adobe software.  Get used to it.  Or don't use it.

                    Dave have you been eavesdropping on the marketing department again?

                    • 7. Re: Rendering problem
                      Cristian™ Level 1

                      Nexahs1138 this is the video that takes 5 hours to render Intro live for James Gaming (Audio Spectrum) #2 - YouTube

                      • 8. Re: Rendering problem
                        Gutterfish Adobe Community Professional

                        Are still asking why it takes so long or are you just sharing your video?   If the former nobody can tell you much based on the finished product.  As well as what effects you used It also depends on your workflow, the exact specs of images you used.  Two images that are visually identical can require drastically different resources.  I might get handed a file that slows AE down to a crawl but after I convert that same image to more a efficient format, pixel density, etc... it's like it's not even there.  And their physical size on disc can be exactly the same.


                        Based on your initial post it seems you do not know alot about After Effects & as others have pointed out your system specs barely meet requirements.   Without detailed information about all your assets and how you employed them I don't think anybody is going to be able to tell you why your render times are what they are or what you need to change to speed them up other than your hardware.

                        These types of problems are inevitable when we really don't understand the tools we're using.


                        Unfortunately there are not alot of learning resources I am aware of that go into great detail about render setting, codecs, formats etc...

                        They usually just show you what to set it at (if your lucky).

                        The detailed info that there is out there about these subjects is very dense (at least for me) & at times can seem like they're written in Chinese..unless you're Chinese, I suppose.


                        Keywords: prerendering, pre-composing, baking animation, optimizing assets, efficient workflow....


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                        • 9. Re: Rendering problem
                          Cristian™ Level 1

                          Gutterfish your message is not very helpful but i understand that the problem is my hardware. Nobody tells me how to make After Effects use the GPU. But it's ok. Thank you all for the support.

                          • 10. Re: Rendering problem
                            Gutterfish Adobe Community Professional

                            Cristian™  wrote

                            Nobody tells me how to make After Effects use the GPU. But it's ok. Thank you all for the support.

                            I believe somebody already told you that AE does not use the GPU for final rendering and suggested using media encoder although i doubt that will make much difference and like I said your workflow may also be a significant part of the inefficiency.  No way to know really  I believe there may be some external rendering engines that might be able to render AE projects but I'm not sure.  Octane Renderer pops into my head but I dont know much about it.  You might want to look into it.