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FxFactory 7.1 brings Mercury GPU acceleration to After Effects CC 2019

FxFactory 7.1 is a free update for all users running macOS Sierra version 10.12.4 or later.

  • Plugins render more than twice as fast in After Effects CC 2019 version 16.0 or later by supporting Mercury GPU acceleration via OpenCL or Metal.
  • This is the first version of FxFactory that supports 32-bit float color in all recent versions of After Effects.
  • The update also includes performance and UI improvements for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and Motion users.

Mercury GPU acceleration in After Effects

The most recent version of After Effects has allowed third-parties to tap into the GPU accelerated pipeline provided by the Mercury Engine. All graphics cards shipped by Apple in recent years are supported. FxFactory enables additional GPU acceleration for our plugins via both OpenCL and Metal.

Mercury GPU acceleration is enabled by default in After Effects. To switch graphics technology, look under the File menu for the Project Settings command:

After Effects Project Settings Window

GPU options are the very first available in the Project Settings window, under Video Rendering and Effects:

After Effects Mercury GPU Settings

We recommend that you choose Mercury GPU Acceleration (Metal) on all Macs running macOS 10.13 High Sierra or macOS 10.14 Mojave, as it provides the best performance. OpenCL currently provides the best balance between performance and compatibility for those still running macOS 10.12 Sierra.

Does my Mac support Metal?

Most of our products will take advantage of Mercury GPU acceleration in After Effects simply by upgrading to FxFactory 7.1, at no extra cost. After Effects CC 2019 version 16.0 or later is required. We hope you will enjoy these new features, and thank you for choosing FxFactory.

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