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Jan 31, 2018

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I have an after effects project that for no obvious reason, starting taking over 5 minutes to save. I have been working in the project for weeks and the issue just popped up after the latest software update. However, I'm not entirely sure that the issue is related.

The project was 60 mb so I split it in half to two 30 mb projects and they both carried the issue with them.

Other after effects projects on the same machine do not have the issue.

I cleared the cache which is stored on the SSD drive of a new Macbook Pro.

Maybe there is something inside of the project, such as a piece of footage or a particular composition that is causing the issue, but I haven't been able to narrow it down, so I'm open to suggestions.

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Correct answer by Rick Gerard | Adobe Community Professional

Warp Stabilizing and a couple of other processes bloat the file size of an AEP file. As others have said, it is impossible to diagnose your problem without details. All the details. Sounds to me like you are trying to edit a film in AE instead of work on a shot. AE is not an editor. More than 90% of my comps are one shot under seven seconds. I don't think you are using the product correctly.

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Very slow save

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Jan 31, 2018

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I have an after effects project that for no obvious reason, starting taking over 5 minutes to save. I have been working in the project for weeks and the issue just popped up after the latest software update. However, I'm not entirely sure that the issue is related.

The project was 60 mb so I split it in half to two 30 mb projects and they both carried the issue with them.

Other after effects projects on the same machine do not have the issue.

I cleared the cache which is stored on the SSD drive of a new Macbook Pro.

Maybe there is something inside of the project, such as a piece of footage or a particular composition that is causing the issue, but I haven't been able to narrow it down, so I'm open to suggestions.

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Correct answer by Rick Gerard | Adobe Community Professional

Warp Stabilizing and a couple of other processes bloat the file size of an AEP file. As others have said, it is impossible to diagnose your problem without details. All the details. Sounds to me like you are trying to edit a film in AE instead of work on a shot. AE is not an editor. More than 90% of my comps are one shot under seven seconds. I don't think you are using the product correctly.

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Feb 01, 2018

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I haven't been able to narrow it down

So can't we. You haven't told us anything about your actual project.

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This answer was not helpful. Which, I find typical of your answers. I avoid the entire adobe boards just because of you-- you have a reputation. You are so prolific and so unhelpful it is astounding. If I was adobe I would ban you.

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Feb 01, 2018

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Why is your project 60 MB? Does it have hundreds of shape layers or does it have footage with a lot of Warp Stabilizer in it? Certain effects like Warp Stabilizer save their data into the project file so it can move with the .aep. The reason it takes so long to save is because it's such a large project file. As for why it takes 5 minutes, you'd have to provide more information, like Mylenium said.

You mentioned that your cache was on your internal SSD, but where is the project file stored? If there's a lot of instances of Warp Stabilizer and the project is stored on a slower spinning hard drive, then that could be the answer. Clearing your disk cache shouldn't affect project save times.

You say that other After Effects projects on the same machine don't have this issue. Are they also several MB, or are they smaller like a few hundred KB?

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Feb 01, 2018

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Warp Stabilizing and a couple of other processes bloat the file size of an AEP file. As others have said, it is impossible to diagnose your problem without details. All the details. Sounds to me like you are trying to edit a film in AE instead of work on a shot. AE is not an editor. More than 90% of my comps are one shot under seven seconds. I don't think you are using the product correctly.

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May 08, 2018

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Pretty rude for an ACP. I don't think you had adequate information to make that assessment.

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Jun 02, 2018

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Oddly enough, some of us work on projects that require comps, graphics or effects longer than 7 seconds.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 05, 2018

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The new 2018 update is very slow on saving, I just have some 4k footage and no comps made yet, this is very annoying

System: Mac Pro

8 core 3 ghz

32 gb ram

2 amd fire pro d700 6 gb

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Feb 01, 2018

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Thanks for all the input. I will try to use the product correctly in the future.

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Explorer ,
Mar 05, 2018

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I'm having the same problem since upgrading to the newest versions of AE and PR! These are files that were created with the previous version - and saved very quickly - are not taking up to 10 - 15 sec to save. Same computers, drives and environment as the previous version. Any further info about this from the software side? It seems obvious to me that this is an issue with the upgrade.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 05, 2018

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I ultimately determined that my issue was being caused by a few of the source files I was using and I had to replace them with placeholder media when I wasn't accessing them. For reasons I was never able to determine, those sources were creating the slow save times. However, as you correctly pointed out, the issue didn't appear until after I upgraded the software. Prior to that, the project wasn't causing me any issues.

As most of the comments suggested, my large project file size had no impact. Once I took the source files offline there was no problem saving a 60 MB project.

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Explorer ,
Mar 18, 2018

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the issue didn't appear until after I upgraded the software. Prior to that, the project wasn't causing me any issues.

This has been my experience recently too.

Some of the responses here are pretty snotty, eg "I don't think you are using the product correctly."  Hardly helpful.

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Apr 23, 2018

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Graham_Kay  wrote

the issue didn't appear until after I upgraded the software. Prior to that, the project wasn't causing me any issues.

This has been my experience recently too.

Same - This has been my experience recently too.

I have a 10mb project with SSD, 16GB DDR3 Ram, i5.

Bigger projects in my old system (No SSD) were saved within a second.

Clearly the change was when I installed CC.

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Explorer ,
Jun 20, 2018

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I'm not so certain Rick's reply is the correct answer.  I have been having the same issues with After Effects CC17 - 18, including the most recent update.  I thought it was my Windows 7 PC, but I bought a new computer and still have very slow loading and saving times.  Most of my projects are 30 seconds, but some are longer and many have to do with animating text and graphics.  The project bins are usually slim in terms of content.  A project I am working on now involves a multi-layered photoshop file that I need to animate...it's been stuck on the import for more than five minutes now...probably closer to ten:

Windows 10 version 1803

intel core I9-7900x 3.30 ghz

64GB RAM

500GB SSD m.2 drive - OS & Apps

4TB RAID0 for storage (7200)

1TB SSD for media cache

GTX 1080 Ti

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Explorer ,
Jul 19, 2018

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I am having a similar problem with the Ae 2018 update.

and it does seems to be related to the source files. (some HD some 4K). 

(the project itself has no effect issued yet, I just imported the files)

hopefully will be resolved in future updates!

I.

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