A faster After Effects is now available for testing: New Multi-Frame Rendering features in public Beta

This is a stylize screenshot showing the interface of Adobe After Effects. An image of a stopwatch in the composition window communicates the speed gained through Multi-Frame Rendering.

New Multi-Frame Rendering features now in After Effects (Beta).

By Sean Jenkin

Posted on 07-20-2021

Since we released Multi Frame Rendering for export in March, the team has been very busy making more of After Effects faster by using all the cores in your system. Today, we are pleased to announce that we now offer support for additional features in public Beta that promise to speed up your workflow even more.

Faster previews

Multi-Frame Rendering for Previews accelerates your creative process by taking advantage of your system’s CPU cores when previewing your compositions.

To super-charge your creativity further, we recently added Speculative Preview which helps you work faster even when you’re not working. While After Effects is idle — like when you’ve stopped to admire your beautiful design, check your email, or get coffee — your composition (and any pre-comps in that comp) will automatically render in the background meaning your designs are ready when you’re ready for them to play back.

Faster exporting & notifications

When it comes to rendering your compositions — especially to H.264 — Multi-Frame Rendering export from Adobe Media Encoder makes the most of your time at work by rendering multiple compositions in the background while you’re still working on others.

Notifications mean you can get on with other things while your compositions are rendering.

A long-requested feature is here at last as well. Render Queue Notifications gives you precious time back in your day, allowing you to confidently walk away from your computer for extended periods of time. After Effects will notify you when your renders are complete via the Creative Cloud app and notifications will display on your phone or smart watch.

Faster effects

After Effects has an insane number of effects and porting them to work on multiple cores was quite the challenge and has taken a lot of time. However, we continue to make progress and you’ll see many daily and weekly updates with more and more effects optimized throughout the Public Beta cycle from now until MAX, 2021.

To get a list of currently supported effects in After Effects optimized for Multi-Framed Rendering, check out our MFR FAQ page.

Partner plug-ins & hardware

Moving to multiple cores on a product that is as complicated as After Effects has been a long time coming. Many of our users are not seeing the performance gains they would like due to the extensive use of plug-ins in their workflow. This was expected since many partners began their optimization work during our in-beta cycle.

Rest assured that our partners are 100% with us, optimizing their plug-ins to support all system cores. We’ve created a “Multi-Frame Ready” logo which our partners can use to indicate which plug-ins have been optimized. Look for the MFR-ready logo on their website.

Multi-Frame ready logo for After Effects

Many of our system manufacturers are working on system recommendations as well. This will help you get the most out of After Effects by knowing which system best meets your design needs. Once these recommendations are released, we will update this blog with links so you can research possible upgrade scenarios that will benefit your workflow.

I want to personally thank you for helping the After Effects team to make Multi-Frame Rendering benefit all users’ workflows. We truly appreciate any time you can give us to test how MFR is working on your system. So please download the Beta and let us know how it is working for you.

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