AE vs AE beta M1 speed

Explorer ,
Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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Hello

Would I notice any difference in speed using the current AE released and beta version on an M1 mac?

The reason I ask is: I was originally using PP & AE beta, because PP beta supported Apple Silicon. 

Now Premier has officially been released to support Apple Silicon and I'm wondering if I should continue using AE beta or the latest official release until an Apple Silicon AE is released.

 

I'm mainly looking at the speed in its workflow, like 3d tracking, adding titles etc.

 

Cheers

Jamie

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Adobe Employee , Oct 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021

@JamieWoods You'll be happy to know that After Effects (Beta) is now a Universal app that supports Apple silicon. More details available here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects-beta-discussions/after-effects-beta-now-on-apple-silicon/td-p/12474342

 

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- John, After Effects Engineering Team

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Explorer ,
Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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well, I think you'd better use normal AE, since the current releases of the beta version are coming with changes in multi-render, including the preview, and I think the next releases won't come very stable. (the current version has a lot of lag in the play preview because of the new multi-render available for preview).

 

But, keep an eye on the Beta version because I think there will be some release support for the M1 chip soon. Then I think it pays to go back to using the Beta version.

 

 

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Explorer ,
Jul 22, 2021 Jul 22, 2021

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Thats great to know. I've been really struggling to get AE Beta to a useable state over the last couple of days, on my new M1 MacBook Pro. Think I'll switch back to the official release, so I dont have to wait about 18 seconds for the RAM preview to play!

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Explorer ,
Jul 22, 2021 Jul 22, 2021

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you can solve this in the beta version, in Preferences -> Memory and Performance -> and disable the mult-render.
the lag should stop.

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Explorer ,
Jul 28, 2021 Jul 28, 2021

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Thanks Vinicius, I also realised dynamic link doesn't work between beta and non-beta versions. I've decided to stick with the official releases until an M1 AE beta version is ready. Fingers crossed it'll happen soon.    🤞

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New Here ,
Oct 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021

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Yes seriously, I'm finding the standard AE painfully slow on the M1.

Please hurry up Adobe 🙂

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021

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@JamieWoods You'll be happy to know that After Effects (Beta) is now a Universal app that supports Apple silicon. More details available here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects-beta-discussions/after-effects-beta-now-on-apple-silico...

 

Cheers,

- John, After Effects Engineering Team

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New Here ,
Oct 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021

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That's great news, thanks John.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 11, 2022 Mar 11, 2022

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when will After Effects Beta install as normal After Effects does - allowing full installation of all preferences and plugins?

Otherwise, what's the point? 

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 14, 2022 Mar 14, 2022

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Hi @Alex.Dawson,

The Beta version of After Effects does allow full installation of all third-party scripts and plug-ins. Scripts can be installed in either Beta or non-Beta via File > Scripts > Install Script / ScriptUI Panels. Plug-ins should be installed in the following platform-dependent location:

  • On macOS: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore
  • On Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\7.0\MediaCore

Plug-ins installed that those locations will be available in all compatible versions of both the non-Beta After Effects and After Effects (Beta), and in Premiere too if the plug-in is also compatible with Premiere. If a plug-in developer has installed a plug-in in the app-specific folders next to After Effects itself, moving them to the MediaCore folder shouldn't cause any issues. The MediaCore folder is the preferred location for third-party plug-ins.

 

Since the Beta and non-Beta release applications are separate, they do keep separate sets of preferences. You can migrate your preferences from the non-Beta version to the Beta version by using the Sync Settings feature. This will also handle any preference difference between Beta and non-Beta as new features/preferences will likely be added to the Beta first.

 

We do definitely want the Beta used in the same way as the non-Beta, including the use of third-party tools. Please let us know if the above information is helpful or if you run into any other issues with the Beta builds.

 

Cheers,

- John, After Effects Engineering Team 

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Explorer ,
Mar 24, 2022 Mar 24, 2022

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Hi John,

 

I'm sure you have seen my posts on this on other threads 🙂  But, unfortunately the Beta when run in Rosetta on the M1 Max Macbook Pro under Monterey has the same problem as the Release version, which is that previews run unusably slowly until all frames are cached, even for every simple comps that preview in real time on an Intel mac.  However, in order to use all plugins, we have to run under rosetta since some important ones are not updated for apple silicon, and may not be for some time, so they cannot be used when running AE in native apple silicon mode.  I've now tested this on two separate factory-reset M1 Max 64GB Macbook Pro's running Monterey with a fresh install of AE  with no third party plugins installed, and have seen the same results.  Hoping the engineering team has a fix coming very soon that will allow M1 Max users to run AE under Rosetta, as these computers are rapidly becoming more common throughout the user base.

 

best,

David

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