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AE 2023 performance issue

Community Beginner ,
Nov 04, 2022 Nov 04, 2022

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I have a comp with 51 shape layers & lots of expressions, which makes After Effects lag a lot (as usual), BUT it's worse in Ae2023 than previous versions.
To show the issue, I've made these two GIFs, from Ae2021 and Ae2023, to show how long it takes to just deselect all the layers.
The click is shown by a yellow circle under the mouse cursor at the beginning.
deselect-2021.gifdeselect.gif

 

The first one is Ae 2021, and the delay between the click and the actual deselection is already quite annoying, I've measured it to be 1.5s (I've run the test several times to get the average time)

The second one is Ae 2023, the delay is 2.5s. I just can't work anymore with After Effects with this lag, it's just a no-go, and I'm going to recommend to everyone to not update if they're going to work with Duik. One just can't work correctly with that.

If it lags so much for simple actions like (de)selection, just imagine how painful it is to precisely adjust any value.

 

IMHO it is more than urgent that After Effects lags like this are fixed, I don't know of any other software where I experiment this kind of sluggishness, it's not the case in any other compositing, animation, or 3D software I know of.

Computer specs:
- AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Eight-Core, 3.7GHz
- 32 GB RAM
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 2060, Studio Driver 517.40

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Adobe Employee , Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

Hi Nico,

Thank you for reporting this issue! I can definitely see the performance regression in the two GIFs you've posted. Would you be able to provide this project to our team so that we can profile what is going on during the delay? Do you also see a similar delay when adjusting values in the Timeline?

 

Thank you again for reporting this, and for any additional info you can provide,

- John, After Effects Engineering Team 

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LEGEND ,
Nov 04, 2022 Nov 04, 2022

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I would try to disable Fast Draft/ hardware acceleration. This often adds an extra step where AE needs to fetch the buffers. there's a good chance your project may run faster in software-only rendering mode since it uses expressions, anyway. Of course the usal things apply, too: Check your cache and multiframe render settings, update your graphics driver if necessary.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 04, 2022 Nov 04, 2022

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I recommend not upgrading until performance issues are fixed. This mostly has been the case with previous AE updates.

The features are nice to have, but getting projects out quickly to clients is way more important.

The rotobrush actually feels faster this time, but layers with heavy expressions feel extremely slow, viewport and in render.

 

If you need to work in the new AE, converting to the old version and rendering is the way to go.

 

-i7 11800H

-RTX 3080

-32GB

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Engaged ,
Nov 18, 2022 Nov 18, 2022

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welcome to the future. past? welcome to yesterday now!... no, that's not right...
these things happen. it's an old program, and new features and speedups are essentially changes, patches, or additions, not refactors, meaning how well the program works will actively change from version to version, not simply get better... so they usually change it in ways most people would appreciate, and niche users probably won't. like, say, people who animate using dozens or hundreds of very small objects, control points, or nested parent/child relationships.

AE is simply not going to get much faster, and adding features, plugins (472 at last count I think. golly!), and trinkets to keep shareholders happy has resulted in a fairly old program from the 90's not being rewritten, like blender or Trello, or many others, and is going the way of autodesk's suite. After all, shareholders are day traders, businessmen, and the odd foaming-at-the-mouth cryptobro. They don't care about or consider the future or the product in any light beyond profits, and Adobe has a legal obligation (yes, as in it is illegal not to) to do what is the best for them. which means you're not getting that refactor, and a rewrite, which would take several years and tens of millions at least, would probably be financially infeasible due to the concerns of non-artists, non-programmers, and about a dozen other groups who have probably not even touched the software. They live in a world where it's unthinkable that software has a limited lifespan, and it's simply going to keep making money forever as long as it's a subscription, so making another is self-competition and utterly unfathomable.

Simply put, it's technical debt. New devs didn't make it so they're more likely to have issues fixing and upgrading it, issues that should have been a refactor or deep level fix were patched, over and over, so that now the cost of fixing these issues, then updating the entire codebase to actually use multiple cores and be efficient with RAM and use GPU in a general sense, is greater than making a new program.

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

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Hi Nico,

Thank you for reporting this issue! I can definitely see the performance regression in the two GIFs you've posted. Would you be able to provide this project to our team so that we can profile what is going on during the delay? Do you also see a similar delay when adjusting values in the Timeline?

 

Thank you again for reporting this, and for any additional info you can provide,

- John, After Effects Engineering Team 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 30, 2022 Nov 30, 2022

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Hi John,
I've sent the project files to Sébastien at the time I posted this, here it is: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/422137414497337344/1038023470287704074/OCO_Chicken_perf_test....


I've just opened this same project right now, and it seemsI can't reproduce anymore (I mean, it's still (very) slow, 1.5s, but not as slow as it was on Ae 2023 when I noticed this, just the usual sluggishness). The context must be important here, but I don't know what's changed. When I test this kind of thing, I always make sure only After Effects is running, to clear cache, etc etc.
I hope you'll be able to reproduce the issue on your side!

Cheers!

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Explorer ,
Dec 14, 2022 Dec 14, 2022

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I work on AE 22 actually because AE 23 is sluggish... Same preferences.
--> Moving keys or comps around is x2 times slower in the 23 version compared to 22.
I have a very powerful computer (Ryzen 5950x + 128Gb Ram + SSDs + RTX video card)

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2023 Jan 31, 2023

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The same issue for me too, since 2023, After Effect lag made the work extremely annoying, I have a powerful comp that can run everything with ease but not After Effects. Even simple projects with 10-15 layers now have delays. Most annoying one is when After doesn't recognize on time that mouse button was released.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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yeah, the interface is running like windows xp. and the mouse button release is a mega pain in my... what is going on here??

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

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FOUND A SOLUTION FOR ME. if you use Nvidia cards please check if you're using the studio drivers in the GeForce experience. I was, and replaced them with a clean install of the latest game ready drivers. Choose custom install and select "clean install" after reinstall and reboot. After effects will recognize the new driver and reconfigure something. After that my interface response was "normal" again. This was a major issue for the last couple of days. I missed deadlines and could not open my project in 2022. So Adobe should be on this asap. Hope this helps. Also I disabled multi frame rendering aswell maybe that is also necessary. I don't want to test anything now till I got this project exported.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

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Posted a solution for me in here. 

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Explorer ,
Feb 03, 2023 Feb 03, 2023

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Moving keys is such a pain in 2023, they keep jumping here and there. I need to really hold steady my mouse before releasing, otherwise they kind of drag along and end up somewhere in between where i was and where i wanted to go next. It feels like working with weights on my fingers.... i hate it so much. I wish someone would finally make an alternative to wake adobe up. They would probaby end up buying it and ruining it as well.

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New Here ,
Feb 07, 2023 Feb 07, 2023

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same situation. I have 1 key on layer and when I move it I have a lagging. 

23.1.0

Ryzen 7 3800x
RTX 3060x3

64 Gb RAM

this is so stupid.

AE 22 have no this issue

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New Here ,
Feb 08, 2023 Feb 08, 2023

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same! please help!

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New Here ,
Feb 09, 2023 Feb 09, 2023

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Hello,
we have the same problem. Our workflow at the moment: move keyframes. Wait a few seconds after releasing the mouse. Then move the mouse again.

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New Here ,
Feb 09, 2023 Feb 09, 2023

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Adding to the conversation that this happens to my computer too. The timeline has visible lag from the mouse movement and adjusting the time in/out of a layer will cause the application to have hiccups and almost appear to have sub-10fps visual performance. I am not talking about playback, but interface responsiveness.

 

After Effects Version 23.1.0 (Build 83)

Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v4 @ 2.20GHz 2.20 GHz (2 processors)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X - Driver Version 528.24

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 09, 2023 Feb 09, 2023

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Did you guys try my solution? I experimented with switching drivers again. Same results! So switch to game ready drivers with a clean install. Works perfect

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Explorer ,
Feb 09, 2023 Feb 09, 2023

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Tried just now..... doesnt do much for me. Keyframes still lag 200px behind my mouse cursor.

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New Here ,
Feb 09, 2023 Feb 09, 2023

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Yes we did exactly as you described. Unfortunately, it has not really improved.

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New Here ,
Feb 14, 2023 Feb 14, 2023

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1. It's not related to NVIDIA hardware/drivers. Same problem on AMD GPU PC.

2. It's not related to Windows OS, it happens on both Win10 and Win11 for me.

2. It can't be fixed by changing any settings in AE. Don't lose your time, I've tried everything.

 

It's simply bug which needs to be fixed by the program authors.

 

And it happened before:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects-discussions/keyframe-drag-lag/td-p/10962273

 

Fixed in the meantime, then it gets back in AE 2023.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 14, 2023 Feb 14, 2023

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I am having this issue as well, everything is up to date. Super super, SUPER annoying. Why am I paying for a subscription, if the (pretended) leaders of the industry wont even allow me to drag or trim my layers at a speed more than 5fps. It is getting very boring Adobe.

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Explorer ,
Feb 15, 2023 Feb 15, 2023

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AE should be be rewritten from ground-up.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 22, 2023 Feb 22, 2023

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Hi all,

After the positive feedback we received from several of you using the latest Beta builds, we've released a patch (After Effects 23.2.1) that contains a fix for the Timeline lag in AE 23.1/23.2. Please install 23.2.1 and let us know if you aren't experiencing any improvement over 23.2.

 

This thread pre-dates the After Effects 23.1 release where the aforementioned lag issue was first introduced, so I'm leaving the status unchanged while we continue to investigate the original report. We are continuing to focus on improving the UI interactive performance beyond this fix, especially the known issue with increased lag when Layer Controls/overlays are enabled. With the latest fix, we aimed to restore the performance to where it was in 22.x so we can continue to improve on it in future versions of After Effects.

 

Thanks again for all the details and reports you provided,

- John, After Effects Engineering Team

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New Here ,
Feb 22, 2023 Feb 22, 2023

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It seems problem has been fixed in 23.2.1.

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Explorer ,
Feb 23, 2023 Feb 23, 2023

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Seems to have gotten a bit better, thx.

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