Impressive Multicore Processor Performance Gains in Adobe’s Major Update to After Effects

Intel Tech
Mar 10 · 3 min read

Author: Ryan Shrout, Chief Performance Strategist at Intel

Intel is excited to see Adobe’s announcement of Multi-Frame Rendering support in the latest After Effects Beta. Users of modern computers with multicore processors can initially see performance gains when processing compositions during export. Over the course of the next few months, and by sharing the results with the After Effects team, Adobe will release further Multi-Frame Rendering support for Preview and various features that can make working with Adobe Premiere Pro faster. Intel and Adobe have been collaborating for two decades to ensure the software is taking advantage of key CPU and graphics features in the latest processors.

Adobe After Effects logo

Intel application engineers have seen performance gains of up to 2.75x¹ in higher-end workstation-class PCs based on the Intel® Core™ i9 10980XE Extreme Edition processor which features 18 cores / 36 threads.

The “secret sauce” behind these performance gains lies in Adobe’s Multi Frame Rendering (MFR) technology that more efficiently handles individual frames in the After Effects workflow. A typical After Effects project could have video, animations, and special effects rendered in each frame. MFR enabling multiple frames to be rendered concurrently can be a huge benefit for creators. Here is a visual representation of all 18 cores / 36 threads on the Intel® Core™ i9 10980XE Extreme Edition being lit up by After Effects with MFR disabled and then enabled. Note that without MFR enabled After Effects is showing only 16% CPU utilization — but by enabling MFR that shoots up to 99% utilization:

Windows CPU utilization with After Effects Beta 18.1 — MFR disabled
Windows CPU utilization with After Effects Beta 18.1 — MFR enabled

Intel is thrilled to see all available compute power be put to good use by the latest beta version of After Effects. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Adobe to deliver great performance powering amazing PCs for creators.

Notes and Disclaimers

Performance varies by use, configuration and other factors. Learn more at www.Intel.com/PerformanceIndex​.

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Performance results are based on testing as of 3/03/2021, and may not reflect all publicly available ​updates. See footnotes for configuration details. No product or component can be absolutely secure. Your costs and results may vary. Intel technologies may require enabled hardware, software or service activation.

¹ Measured on Intel Core i9 10980XE Extreme Edition platform with After Effects Beta 18.1 on Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (x64) Build — 19042.804 (20H2), and (Memory: 128GB Memory Type: DDR4).

Closeup of Windows CPU utilization with After Effects Beta 18.1 — MFR enabled

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