Adobe Rendering Slow Fix

Editing videos can often prove to be a long and tedious task.

Every minute counts and so when you have to wait endlessly for Adobe to process an action, it can be very frustrating. Watching Adobe render previews slowly is a particularly common problem. Here are some tips that will speed up the process.


Folder Naming

Some users have actually reported this issue to Adobe and have discovered that the frames drop when the RAM attempts to cache due to changes in the folder structure for the application. While the reason for this can be a host of things, the fix is as follows:

  1. Navigate to the appdata folder for Adobe and locate the folder called Roaming.
  2. Open it and now locate the Common folder.
  3. Open it as well and rename the Aftereffects folder as Aftereffects_old.
  4. Relaunch the program and the rendering process should work a lot faster.


Check For Program Updates

Sometimes bugs and issues with the program (including rendering speed) can be addressed on the developer’s end. See if there is an update and check on the Adobe website to confirm what fixes were included in the new version. Users have noted that a November 2016 update of After Effects has addressed most of the rendering preview issues that were earlier causing a lot of trouble.


Try An Older Version of Adobe

Sometimes updates for programs cause more issues than the benefits they provide. If you have the latest version of Adobe installed on your system, uninstall it and revert to an older version. This might help your case a lot.


Check for Graphics Card Updates

The memory that the Graphics Card makes use of during video editing is managed by the GPU. It has its own fancy software that helps it work better and faster for specific programs as well. As with most hardware on your PC, it is good to check for the latest driver updates. Get the manufacturer’s info by entering dxdiag in the Run menu. Now access the manufacturer’s website to obtain the latest driver.

Once you’ve exhausted all the options listed above, it might be advisable to explore the hardware update route. It may prove expensive, but the performance gains would surely be worth every penny you put into the hardware update.


Add RAM to Your PC

RAM or Random Access Memory is a series of on board chips that the CPU accesses anytime while it is calculating (or in this case rendering) data. The operating system and other programs also utilize this memory.

  1. Access the Properties section of This PC.
  2. Here you will be able to determine whether you’re using a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.

This info is very important because not only will you see how much RAM is installed on your computer, the 32-bit/ 64-bit OS will determine the maximum amount of RAM that the operating system will require. The 32-bit OS will require 4GB of RAM while the 64-bit OS will recognize 128 GB (Windows 10 Home) to 2 TB (Windows 10 Education, Enterprise, Pro).

Once this info is known, you’ll need to check the physical limitations of the motherboard. The easiest method for this is to use a scanning tool such as Crucial System Scanner. Entering in this tool the model number, make, and other info will spit out what upgrades are available for your motherboard.


Get Faster and Larger Hard Drives (SSD)

As the CPU runs out of this memory, it will access memory from anywhere else it can in order to complete the task. The ‘other’ memory it will access will be from the hard drive(s). The faster the hard drive is, the faster the rendering will be. When it comes to the need for fast hard drives, Solid State Drives (SSDs) are the way to go.
Nowadays, processor speeds are relatively fast so upgrading the processor would surely help, but those upgrades on a computer can be challenging. A low-end processor would cost around $200 while a high end costs upwards of $1000. Even so, due to the regular need for multitasking between applications, having a computer that can easily handle resource heavy apps is key to fast Adobe rendering.

Raza Ali Kazmi

Raza Ali is content editor and publisher at Sorcim Technologies.