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After Effects really slow with SF Pro Font

New Here ,
Apr 01, 2021 Apr 01, 2021

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Hello all, 

 

After Effects 2021 (18.0.1) has a real hard time processing the Mac standard SF Pro font on my Windows device. I installed it like any other font (unpackaged the OTF from the Apple website) and it works fine in all other programs, but for some reason After Effects doesn't like it? The 3-minute animation (motion blur, 20+ layers, with camera video) can render within 4 minutes, but when I put the lower thirds in render time skyrockets to almost 2 hours. 

It took me a while to figure out that it was the specific font, but I tested it with other windows & Adobe native fonts, and render time was fixed. 

Not sure if anyone has experienced this, or found a solution, but any help would be great! Normally, I would pick another font but brand requirements and whatnot.

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Ryzen 1700x
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Community Beginner ,
Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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Having the same issue here - the moment I changed to the SF font, AE is barely responsive at all. I've yet to try converting the fonts to TTF's or something else. Will give that a shot.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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Just tested other OTF vs TTF fonts on my computer and none of them cause any performance issues. The only one that does it is the SF family... I'm stumped.

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Community Beginner ,
May 14, 2021 May 14, 2021

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I'm also having this issue and I couldn't find a workaround. I downloaded the fonts from Apple but they make my AE run painfully slow. Has anyone found a solution? 

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New Here ,
Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

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I have the same issue! Please help 😞

 

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New Here ,
Jun 28, 2021 Jun 28, 2021

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Same issue - on an extremely tight turn project (of course) where I'm animating product interactions. The only workaround I can think of is to set all the type ahead of time in Illustrator or some such.

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New Here ,
Jul 26, 2021 Jul 26, 2021

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This is also a problem on my 2019 Mac Pro with Big Sur 11.4 so not just a PC issue.

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New Here ,
Aug 04, 2021 Aug 04, 2021

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Wow, I'm glad i'm not the only one. The moment I added this font as live text my performance tanked. I'm on an iMac 4.2GhZ i7, 32GB ram, Radeon Pro 580 8GB gpu. I'm looking at 1h+ render time for 4 seconds of animation.

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New Here ,
Aug 12, 2021 Aug 12, 2021

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I'm having this same exact problem. How you guys made it work? Just changing the font to some similar like helvetica?  

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New Here ,
Aug 12, 2021 Aug 12, 2021

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I made a 2 layer + 2 text comp (using SF family) and it's already unusable (on a 2019 MBP 15").

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 14, 2021 Aug 14, 2021

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Hi all,

 

I did a test with the SF Pro font on windows. I didn't see any performance/export time issue.

Could you provide a project file that repeats the issue to test at our end?

We're here to help.

 

Thanks,

Nishu

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 14, 2021 Aug 14, 2021

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Hi Nishu! This problem only happens on Mac from what I understood, I also noticed some people reporting this issue on other forums and they were also on Mac. It seems to happen when you install the most updated fonts from the original source.

If you find an install older versions of SF fonts, the lag is gone. 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 14, 2021 Aug 14, 2021

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Just noticed the original post was from a person using Windows. Maybe mine is a different issue from the person who posted the original post or maybe its related to rendering of the newest SF fonts. 

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New Here ,
Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22, 2021

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Same problem with SF Pro. 

 

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Explorer ,
Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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Same issue here.  It's killing me.  Mac OS 11.1, After Effects 18.4.1

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Explorer ,
Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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Just FYI - Not sure if this will work for everyone, but I downloaded the SF Pro fonts from cufonfonts.com and installed them with Suitcase Fusion, as opposed to the Apple versions that come with their own installer, and I'm no longer having the issue.

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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Hi all,

 

This is issue has been reported as a bug. After Effects engineers are working on a fix.

Let us know if there are any other questions.

 

Thanks,

Nishu

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New Here ,
Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021

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OMG, this has been killing me for nearly 2 weeks!  The sluggish delay just to paste text and move the field is painfully slow, but the render times... what would normally be a 30 second render in ME took almost 40 minutes with the SF Hello font.  Reinstalling the font made no difference.  Other typical fonts are no problem.  Has anyone cracked the mystery on this yet???

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New Here ,
Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021

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I've started two new projects with two different newly-installed fonts and am having the same exact issue everyone else is describing. I don't think this issue is unique to one specific font, unfortunately. I had to find an older version of the same font from a sketchy site online before AE stopped running absurdly slow with it.

 

Unfortunately, this new project of mine uses a custom typeface for the brand, so I'm sort of SOL on this one.

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