I havev one of the motion templates from motionvfx and it runs really slow. Even when I put the render setting to the lowest and also lights and shadows off. Is there any way to make it run faster and smoother setting wise?
I've never used the template but I imagine it is very complicated. Because Motion works in real time the more complex the template gets the slower it goes. Sorry, I'm sure this is not the answer you want.
If you are outputting through the Kona card to view on an external monitor that can effect realtime playback. There are other things you can do to improve playback performance like turning off thumbnails in the Layers tab and soloing layers.