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EXR Workflow. Still a Pain

Community Beginner ,
Oct 29, 2023 Oct 29, 2023

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I am reposting this from a topic I posted in the bugs area. I was hoping to see if there was some feedback from Adobe but hadn't heard a peep so I am posting this here hoping for some real actionable results when it comes to After Effects reading, caching and playing back multichannel EXR files. Any format.

 

For years the community has been asking for the EXR workflow to speed up and for years this community is still frustrated in Adobe's response to this. Yes, there have been some nice tweaks to how AE interperates the files, helping us shuffle the multichannels a little easier. But the speed in which files are played on the timeline is just rediculously slow, even when working with HD frames.

With more and more users leaning into 3D in their daily work, and wanting to have as much conrol over the final output of their imagery, the After Effects team needs to put a higher priority on this request. You would think that compositing exrs would move up on the list of requests since there has been such a big shift to integrate 3D into the Adobe ecosystem. If this needs to be formally asked for again, then I am asking that this push to the top of requests.

Also, we all know that there are other compositors out there like DaVinci Resolve 18( which you can get for FREE) that handle exrs much faster than AE, but its nice to keep things in one eco sysetem if possible. Please Adobe. Lets put a little more effort into areas that so many professionals lean on in their day to day work.

 

Thanks.

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Participant ,
Dec 23, 2023 Dec 23, 2023

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This is a huge issue for me, my company, and the compositors we hire.

 

We're comping on a pretty maxed out Ryzen 5800X, 3090, 128GB RAM, NVME storage. We have tried to kill off every bottleneck. But if we get a job with EXRs over UHD, the work drags to a halt.

 

I have 200 4400x2200 shots to get through, and it's a slog. If this were Nuke or Fusion, we'd be fine. We had 6.5k plates earlier this year, and I wanted to cry, it was like quicksand.

 

Our small community of senior-level AE compositors are always talking about switching to Nuke for this and other related reasons. I get that AE is more focused on serving the mograph artists, but I really want to keep comping in AE. It's hard for me to believe, but I've put 20 years into this software. I'm incredibly fast at what I do, and I don't want to have to go back to Baby Steps in Nuke for $10k/year or whatever it is.

 

The OCIO support has been terrific. Let's get these EXRs reading and writing at top speed! Please!

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Explorer ,
Feb 26, 2024 Feb 26, 2024

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Yeah I think that should've happened by now. It's 2024. Adobe doesn't give a ... about GPU (aka actually rebuilding their apps)

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