After effects preview on M1 pro are super slow

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Mar 18, 2022 Mar 18, 2022

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Hi everyone, i just bought the new Mac M1 Pro (16 gb Ram) and I'm testing out After effects. Surprisingly it is way slower than it was on my previous mac (a 2019 MacBook Pro). I really don't know what to do.

 

At 1/4 preview it is as slow as ful res, and even after rendering it doesn't work.

 

Anyone with the same issue ?

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Mar 18, 2022 Mar 18, 2022

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Hi,

What do you mean by AE being way slower? What are you trying to do? What is slower? Rendering (exporting) ?

 

Marek Mularczyk
Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

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Apr 10, 2022 Apr 10, 2022

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I think he's been quite explicit in his ticket.
Having the same issue here, the preview is basically unusable. Even at 1/4 resolution, it comes out at MAXIMUM 2/3 frames seconds.
In my case, M1 MAX 32GB, sometimes not even 1/s.

Basically, the whole software is unusable on an otherwise very, very fast machine.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 19, 2022 Mar 19, 2022

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I ran a lot of tests on the entry-level M1 Mac Mini before springing for a loaded M1 Macbook Pro. For almost all my work, the $600 Mac Mini was faster than any of my other machines. I'm delighted with my new laptop running AE in Rosetta. I even AE Beta (which is compatible) in Rosetta when I need to use the plugins that are not M1 compatible yet.

 

Please describe your workflow in detail and include details about the source footage and I'll try and reproduce your problem. I'm pleased with everything, but the time it takes for some of my favorite 3rd party effects and scripts tools to be updated. 

 

One more thing. Almost all of my films are in 4K, and I rarely deliver a project at a higher frame rate than 29.97 fps because I want my projects to look more like movies than video games. About 90% of my work consists of visual effects and compositing. Most of my comps are under 7 seconds because I don't edit movies in AE, and almost all my motion graphics are created using Essential Graphics and exported as a MOGRAPH for use in Premiere Pro.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 20, 2022 Mar 20, 2022

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Maybe you use some third party plugin that cause this issue, so you should give us more information about your project and if this issue happen with one project or all your projects

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Mar 22, 2022 Mar 22, 2022

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I am having exactly the same issue.  Brand new M1 Pro Max macbook pro with 64GB RAM.  Came with Monterey preinstalled so cannot be downgraded to Big Sur.  Latest version of after effects installed (22.2.1).  No third party plugins installed.  Description of issue:  In a project (8 bpc) with only one piece of footage (29.97, 1920x1080, H.264) if I create a comp that contains only that piece of footage with no effects and press the spacebar, preview operates at 3 to 4 fps until all frames in the work area are cached, and only then can play back at real time.  If I open the same project on a 2017 macbook pro running mojave and after effects 21, the comp immediately previews at real time, even if no frames have previously been cached.  If I open the same project and comp in the latest After Effects (22.2.1) on a 2020 intel iMac 27" running Big Sur, the comp also previews in real time even if no frames are cached.  But on the M1 Max macbook pro under Monterey and Rosetta, the comp cannot preview in real time without first caching all frames.  I installed the Beta version of After Effects, and it is able to preview this same comp in real time if I run in Apple Silicon mode, but if I run the Beta in Rosetta, I get the same result as the release version of after effects: 3 to 4 fps previews until all frames are cached.  I cannot run in apple silicon mode because I do need to install some third party plugins that are not supported on apple silicon yet (e.g., Red Giant Trapcode), but in order to verify that the slow previews are not caused by any third party plugins or software, I fully erased the mac, reinstalled the OS (Monterey 12.3), installed only Creative Cloud and After Effects with no other plugins or software installed, and I see the same poor performance under Rosetta.  I have seen a number of other users report the same issue when I search online across various adobe forums, while yet other users report excellent performance under rosetta.  Perhaps computers that shipped with Big Sur and were later upgraded to Monterey work fine while computers that shipped with Monterey do not.  Or perhaps some hardware batches are not compatible with After Effects under Rosetta while others are.  In any case, you are not alone, and many users are reporting that After Effects is unusably slow on the latest M1 Pro and M1 Pro Max computers.  Adobe has not yet acknowledged this issue or offered any fix for bad performance under rosetta.

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Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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At first it worked great but now it's a mess. A simple animation of an opacity and a small scale to an illustrator and gives problems. Uninstalled and reinstalled and still the same.

After Affects it is not optimized properly for M1

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Apr 11, 2022 Apr 11, 2022

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for me this turned out to be caused by a bug in color space handling under rosetta, which the After Effects team is now aware of, and is working on a fix.  More info here:  https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects-beta-discussions/after-effects-beta-now-on-apple-silico...

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