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AE will only playback a few seconds

Enthusiast ,
Nov 29, 2016 Nov 29, 2016

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AE will only playback a few seconds of the work and then goes back and plays the same thing over and over again. The playhead does not move. I am not very familiar with AE so I was doing one of the lessons and I cannot get a playback on a 15 second bit. What gives?

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LEGEND ,
Nov 29, 2016 Nov 29, 2016

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what is your exact Os version? exact computer hardware? what exact Ae version? what have you got in your setup? show us screenshots. bare in mind that Ae is designed to give real-time playback of cached frames. it could be that you are running low on available RAM and Ae gives you what it can cache to memory.

more about preview here: Preview without rendering in After Effects

here's a video for you: Uninterrupted and simplified preview in After Effects

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Enthusiast ,
Nov 29, 2016 Nov 29, 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-11-29 at 4.45.27 PM.pngScreen Shot 2016-11-29 at 4.52.33 PM.pngScreen Shot 2016-11-29 at 5.00.08 PM.png

I should have plenty of room. If you look on the photo of AE opened you can see the scene I am working on is the tutorial about the spaceship. If you look in the little red line in the timeline you can see that it goes only to 5 seconds (each time the distance varies - this was longer then most). It then loops back over that 'green' area - over and over again, so I never see the completed work.

I am using the Essentials format. And, Yes, I have seen both those tutorials but they don't quite hit the nail on the head for this concern.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 29, 2016 Nov 29, 2016

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Oooh, I see you have only 4 GB RAM.  That's barely enough to run the OS and After Effects at the same time.  I'm not surprised your previews are so short.

You need to procure more memory, ma'am.  16GB is a good amount.  Don't blanch at the number; many users have 32 or 64 GB.  But 16 does the trick without breaking the bank.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 29, 2016 Nov 29, 2016

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this is your problem

your system has a very low RAM. this means less room for caching frames. these are the system requirements

After Effects System Requirements for Mac OS and Windows

you are below recommended level so don't expect too much of a performance with your machine.

there are ways to get by. lowering the resolution pop up menu and other things. read all about them here:

Improve performance in After Effects

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New Here ,
Nov 27, 2019 Nov 27, 2019

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I am having the same problem and I have 16 gb ram. Is it normal with my settings?Capture.JPG

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 27, 2020 Jul 27, 2020

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Same for me? You find out any solution? 

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New Here ,
Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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Same. Need help. Can't get more than 2 seconds.

I have 64GBs of Ram, lol.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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If you have 64 GB of RAM and your comp is a normal HD or 4K comp, I would expect you to be able to get more than two seconds of your composition cached.

Is your work area set to your full composition?

How many layers are in your comp?

What are your AE memory preferences settings?

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New Here ,
Jul 06, 2018 Jul 06, 2018

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Mine is 12 GB ram and a average graphic card windows 10 i3 core still my previews are short

(50 seconds render out of a 6 min clip

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LEGEND ,
Jul 06, 2018 Jul 06, 2018

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vfx_noob  wrote

Mine is 12 GB ram...50 seconds render out of a 6 min clip

Sounds about right.  AE IS NOT DESIGNED to play video like an editing application can.  So get used to it.

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New Here ,
Mar 27, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

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Im just going to say that I have found your replies to be arrogant and dismissive. How can someone accept that they are unable to preview an animation? You NEED TO BE ABLE TO PREVIEW YOUR WORK. I would say that Adobe Creative cloud from my experience, is fine polishing the flaws to give an impression that CC is just the best. I spent hours trying to add bones to a character in Animate, and it just glitched. I then went on to my ancient MAC opened up CrazyTalk animator and managed to add bones to my character in a matter of minutes. I am also able to replay quite complex sequences on CrazyTalk, and After Effects cannot replay a 20 second masking effect. There is a great modelling programme in CC - Dimension - yet you cant use it to make 3d props for an animation programme. And I ask why Blender is able to work totally fine on my pc and yet its a task on CC? And the fact that you either have to pay for all the apps or just the photography app as an option. Photoshop is the one most efficient and workiing programme on CC - its the only one that actually lives up to its reputation...

I think if you wish to help people solve their 'CC' problems, telling themn that their computers aren't up to it or they just dont have a clue is not very helpful, some compassion and acknowledgement that CC is not perfect and putting forward helpful suggestions would be a lot more supportive

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New Here ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

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Just apply more RAM to the program. Your probably not allocating what you have in the system. Open up After Effects. Go into your AE Preferences. Click on After Effects > Preferences > Memory & Multiprocessing. Change 'RAM for Other Applications'Click 'Ok' And you're done! You should see an increase in your preview time.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 06, 2018 Jul 06, 2018

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With that amount of RAM, thanks After Effects opens because surely your entire system is slow. I recommend you upload the RAM everything your pocket supports.

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New Here ,
Aug 25, 2021 Aug 25, 2021

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Hi Guys,

 

I come across the same exact issue while making some animations. This post did not help very much and i think you guys are bloawing this out of proportion recommending to update hardware etc.

 

Here is the solution

 

Once you have AE running

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Click Edit>Preferences>Memory

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Assign after effects program more of your RAM and clear your cache to fix the issue.

 

You can now preview all of your timeline without limitation. 

 

Kudos People!

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