Multi-Frame Rendering in After Effects (Beta) 2021 Update

After Effects 24/03/2021 2 min read

We have been looking forward, with all video editors alike, to seeing new updates to After Effects for a while now. And finally, in 2021 we are excited to share about the updated Render Queue in After Effects (Beta) with impressively faster rendering speeds!

What is Multi-Frame Rendering?

In general terms, it is a more optimized way of rendering your projects in After Effects. When this new feature is used, After Effects will use multiple CPU cores to process more than one frame at a time, greatly reducing render time. Basically taking advantage of every computing power (including RAM and graphics card) you have on your computer!

To learn more about rendering in After Effects, check out the tutorial in this handy and detailed article.

How does the After Effects Multi-Frame Rendering work?

Go to your Cloud account and download the After Effects (Beta) version, found under the Beta apps section. Make sure you have a Creative Cloud subscription, or you can check out signing up here.

If you already have After Effects on your computer, make the Beta version your default when opening your newest project to test it out. Here are the final results we got in our comparison between the After Effects versions:

Workstation ProjectsAfter Effects (Beta)After Effects
Project 1: Liquid Blob1:03 min1:27 min
Project 2: Fire Logo7:06 min7:50 min
Project 3: 3D Maps22:49 min24:21 min
Laptop ProjectsAfter Effects (Beta)After Effects
Project 1: Liquid Blob1:18 min2:01 min
Project 2: Fire Logo9:01 min10:21 min
Project 3: 3D Maps26:21 min31:08 min

In each example, you can see 1.5x faster rendering! According to the Adobe website, you can see up to 3x faster rendering.

If you are also wondering why this feature is still in the Beta version and not released, Adobe needs your input! We definitely recommend all After Effects users to try out and use the Multi-Frame Rendering as soon as they can. Share how your performance has improved below!

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