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  • After Effects Not Much Faster on New Workstation

    Posted by Dave Paterson on March 8, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    So I’ve finally upgraded my workstation to bolster AE performance, and tried to max out the specs to really notice a difference.

    MSI MPG Z790 EDGE DDR4 Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i9 13900KF Raptor Lake-S CPU
    Kingston FURY Beast RGB 64GB (2x 32GB) 5200MHz
    ASUS GeForce RTX 4090 TUF 24GB OC GPU

    Kingston FURY Renegade 2TB M.2-2280 SSD
    Seagate FireCuda 530 4TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe
    Seagate IronWolf 8TB NAS Hard Drive, 3.5 inch, 7200RPM, 256MB Cache, CMR

    However I’m not seeing any improvement over my laptop workstation which I bought in 2016!

    I’ve allocated maximum memory to AE, and my projects and Disk Cache are all saved on fast separate drives.

    I’m talking about RAM previewing and timeline scrubbing a lot of mixed media layers with stacked effects, but nothing significantly taxing. Also render times are not much better.

    I know a fast GPU often won’t help AE much, unless there’s a lot of integrated 3D. I could use a render farm, but that doesn’t explain the issue.

    I’ve tried most of the common suggestions like regularly clearing cache and enabling multi-frame processing and hardware acceleration.

    I’m now wondering whether upgrading to 128gb RAM will help at all, or if I’ve just hit a ceiling on this? Are there any other upgrades or external hardware that would significantly improve performance?

    What setup would a big animation studio use for superfast results?

    Any help hugely appreciated!

    Alex Ermakov replied 1 year ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Graham Quince

    March 12, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve had a similar disappointment, but I did come to realise that my set up (which is pretty similar to yours) is a lot more stable. I upgraded from a 5-year-old computer which was struggling to output a video. While using AE I’ve not “felt the improvement”, but I don’t think I’ve had a single failed render in the last 10 months.

    So I guess that’s where a more powerful computer makes the difference.

  • Boston Cainfra

    March 12, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    Hello Dave Paterson

    The truth is no matter how you upgrade your PC to core i9 , it won’t still function 100% compared to a PC that was built from the factory as core i9 but you can still tweak settings to make your upgraded PC function better with the 11 tips plus a video I provided below

    1. Turn on Multiprocessing

    You can activate this function to speed up rendering if your processor has more than one core. You should check to see if this option is enabled because, once it is, render time will be significantly reduced.

    Go to Preferences > Memory & Multiprocessing to enable multiprocessing. After that, you should tick the box next to “Render Several Frames Simultaneously” on the screen and make any necessary adjustments.

    2. Turn off 3D Raytracing

    You may create 3D models directly from the After Effects application using the Ray Traced 3D capability. But, daily projects generally don’t call for considerable use.

    3.Cut Back on Work:

    A few After Effects presets need a lot of resources. If you need Motion Blur in your final render, you should add it at the time of rendering rather than in post-production, where it was not intended to be used, which would cut your render time in half.

    Real-time previews can be turned off so that your computer’s processing power can be used entirely for rendering instead of displaying the previews to you.

    4. Optimally Use Memory

    More faster than portable drives and hard drives, RAM can be utilized to write and read data. Moreover, one of the simplest and most accessible system modifications for performance improvement is RAM optimization. Offering

    5: Degrade the Standard

    Try reducing the quality to hasten the rendering if you’re doing a work-in-progress render preview. You can choose a lesser quality render in Render Settings, which you can access by clicking the triangle next to the “Render Settings” menu. If the final render is in HD and you only want to get a preview, this is extremely helpful.


    Employ a media encoder to speed things up.

    In order to speed up the rendering process for video and VFX productions, Adobe Creative Cloud products including After Effects and Premiere Pro developed a program called Export Media Encoder.

    Your project may be quickly exported from After Effects to Adobe Media Encoder, where you can begin the exporting process. Your rendering will improve with Media Encoder.

    7: Employ Background Rendering

    Use applications like Adobe Media Encoder or BGRenderer to render in the background if you only have access to one computer. While this won’t actually speed up the rendering, it will let you keep working while waiting for it to complete. The absence of several features, such motion blur, when rendering in the background is the sole negative.

    8: Polish up your writing

    Your project’s structure is made up of numerous levels that you have not yet seen or utilized. The rendering time is clearly impacted by these layers. Consequently, before adding your composition to the queue, delete the layers from your project that you will not render or limit the number of layers you have available.

    9: Enable CUDA Acceleration for GPU Rendering

    Your project export procedure will be more effective if you render it using a GPU rather than a CPU. When you enable Mercury GPU Acceleration (CUDA) from the Project Settings, your export time will be greatly reduced.

    10: make Use of a Rendering Farm

    If you have access to two computers, you can set up a small render farm by using one of them exclusively for rendering. The rendering will be completed more quickly the quicker the machine, but since you may now use the primary computer for other tasks while rendering, you can do so. Make sure the render farm is using the exact same program as you are, including the same version, plugins, and fonts.

    11: Employ Vagon to Access Your Computer Beyond No matter what hardware you have, Performance Vagon can give you a powerful personal computer.

    Even if you’re using a laptop similar to the MacBook Air, you may choose GPU rendering over CPU rendering and then run your project on vagon. activated for lightning-fast rendering.

  • Alex Ermakov

    March 30, 2023 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you very much for so detailed tips! Similar questions heard from friends. Saving in bookmarks. 🤝

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