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Hi, I´ve been working with after effects for quite some time and i have never had an issue like this.
It started like a week ago, i tried to play a preview and the timeline wouldn't play and the preview panel stayed in the same frame, after this happens i can pause the preview, i can move the timeline slider but the preview will stay the same no matter what, even if i change composition or create a new comp viewer, the preview will froze and the timeline won't update when i hit play. I still can select everything, move around the software and even add effects or footage to the project but like i said it won't play, then i would save and after i try to close the app it will froze and i'll have to End Process through the Windows Task Manager. If i reopen the project it will happen again, the only workaround i found by myself is to open a new project, create a new comp and then open the project i'm working on to get the preview panel to start working correctly but this only lasts like 10 minutes or so and the i have to do the whole process again.
I alredy tried to:
- Close and open the After Effects App
- Restart my PC
- Clean the disk cache
- Purge All Memory
- Re install the After Effects App
- Change the After Effects version
- Delete the app preference when start
- I even format my computer and reinstalled Windows (since i thought that my drive was full)
And this is still going, i've only found someone with the same problem in a reddit thread from 2 years ago but there is no solution and this only started past week so i dont know what's going on i hope you all can help.
I'm working with AE 18.4.1 and 18.4
My PC is Dell Latitude 5520 and the stats are:
Intel Iris Xe Graphics Family
and a 512GB SSD
Thank you in advance for your help
Did you try upgrading your graphics drivers? Also, what format is the footage? Maybe try encoding to something easier to play back like ProRes 422.
I don't think that it's the footage because the viewer freezes with images and videos, no matter if its the same project or a totally new one with only shapes, it freezes. But let me try to find any driver update to see if that could work, thank you for the advice, i'll let you know any news about this issue
I just updated the drivers and it still doesn't work. I don't know what else i could do.
Look this is a video of the problem, it just happens randomly:
That sure is strange. Try changing your audio hardware output device, sometimes that causes issues.
Also, did you try disabling hardware acceleration in Project Settings > Use "Mercury Software Only" ?
Thanks Justin, I just try that and it still freezes 😞 i can't think on more options to fix this.
I'm sorry Justin, it turns out the graphics driver update was not installed yet, i check it again today and hit install and it work. Thank you so much!
Awesome, glad that fixed it!