Preview is so slow

Explorer ,
Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

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Hi, previewing a composition takes a long time to initiate (like 20 seconds), and even after it starts it gets stuck at the first or second frame for like another 15 seconds (showing fps:00.27/29.97 or 00.119/29.97 not real-time in the info panel) and it's not smooth at all even when scrubbing through the timeline.

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Explorer , Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

After playing with a lot of settings I found that having multiframe rendering enabled is causing this issue, disabling it had everything back to normal, tho I am not sure yet what preview improvement the beta version has for now

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Explorer ,
Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

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I have a pretty decent hardware tho 
R9 3900X 12 Cores - 24 Threads | RTX 3070 8GB | 32 GB RAM | 3500MB Read / 3000MB Write NVMe SSD

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Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

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After playing with a lot of settings I found that having multiframe rendering enabled is causing this issue, disabling it had everything back to normal, tho I am not sure yet what preview improvement the beta version has for now

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Jul 25, 2021 Jul 25, 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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Community Beginner ,
Jul 26, 2021 Jul 26, 2021

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I can confirm this issue from my side. We were able to replicate it on 2 very different systems regardless of the computer specs and using multiple test projects, including the benchmark project Adobe shared on here. 
Specs below reflect my (fairly low end) system but it's the same on a 6 core computer with 64 Gb of RAM


Steps to reproduce:

1. open benchmark project for multi-frame rendering
2. render (part) of the timeline to ram - either using speculative preview or by triggering preview

press space to start playback from ram
 
Result:

noticable (5s) delay between pressing the space button and the audio playback starting

video playback even more delayed and starting very slow

video takes another 7s to catch up to realtime speed

 

Expected: instant playback in real time

 

Note:

Disabling Multi-Frame Rendering in the preferences speeds up the ram playback responsiveness to normal levels (instant start at real time speed) but slows down the rendering.

 
System info
    Application: After Effects (Beta) v22.0.0.32
    OS: Windows v10.0.19042, RAM: 23.84 GB, CPUs (logical): 8

 

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Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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The slowness to start preview was mentioned in the annoucement of MFR preview (https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects-beta/multi-frame-rendering-is-here-aka-the-multithreadi...) - we are working on making it start instantly, it just requires a few more weeks of coding work to finish it up.

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