Why isn't my CSS3 animation smooth in Google Chrome (but very smooth on other browsers)?

Issue

MY ENVIRONMENT (WHERE I GET THE LAG):

Mac OSX El Capitan 10.11.2 on Chrome Version 50.0.2661.102 (64-bit)

CODEPEN:

http://codepen.io/vieron/pen/hnEev


ANIMATION:

enter image description here


SITUATION:

I googled this a lot without finding anything that works for me. I know this questions has been asked before.

The CSS3 animation is smooth on my Mac when I open the website with Safari and Firefox, but not with Chrome!

Strangely enough, the original CodePen is smooth on Chrome.


PROBLEM:

Something in my code is causing the animation to be choppy only on Chrome. What is it and how can I fix it ?


WHAT I LOOKED AT:

I need my positioning to be relative to adapt to different screen sizes.


CODE:

HTML

<div class="marquee">
    <ul>
        <li>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a> 
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a> 
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a>
        </li>
        <li>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a> 
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a> 
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a> 
        </li>
        <li>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a> 
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a> 
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/swift/"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Apple_Swift_Logo.png" /></a>
            <a href="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ProgrammingWithObjectiveC/Introduction/Introduction.html"><img class="marquee-itm" src="Vendors/Images/Objective-c-logo.png" /></a> 
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>

CSS

* {
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
}
@-webkit-keyframes loop {
  0% {
    -moz-transform: translateX(0);
    -ms-transform: translateX(0);
    -webkit-transform: translateX(0);
    transform: translateX(0);
  }
  100% {
    -moz-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    -ms-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    -webkit-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    transform: translateX(-66.6%);
  }
}
@-moz-keyframes loop {
  0% {
    -moz-transform: translateX(0);
    -ms-transform: translateX(0);
    -webkit-transform: translateX(0);
    transform: translateX(0);
  }
  100% {
    -moz-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    -ms-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    -webkit-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    transform: translateX(-66.6%);
  }
}
@-ms-keyframes loop {
  0% {
    -moz-transform: translateX(0);
    -ms-transform: translateX(0);
    -webkit-transform: translateX(0);
    transform: translateX(0);
  }
  100% {
    -moz-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    -ms-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    -webkit-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    transform: translateX(-66.6%);
  }
}
@keyframes loop {
  0% {
    -moz-transform: translateX(0);
    -ms-transform: translateX(0);
    -webkit-transform: translateX(0);
    transform: translateX(0);
  }
  100% {
    -moz-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    -ms-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    -webkit-transform: translateX(-66.6%);
    transform: translateX(-66.6%);
  }
}
.cssanimations .marquee {
  position: relative;
  width: 90%;
  margin: auto;
  overflow: hidden;
}
.cssanimations .marquee > ul {
  list-style: none;
  position: relative;
  z-index: 1;
  top: 0;
  left: 0;
  width: 300% !important;
  height: 80px;
  -webkit-animation-play-state: running;
  -moz-animation-play-state: running;
  -o-animation-play-state: running;
  animation-play-state: running;
  -moz-transform: translate3d(0, 0, 0);
  -ms-transform: translate3d(0, 0, 0);
  -webkit-transform: translate3d(0, 0, 0);
  transform: translate3d(0, 0, 0);
  -webkit-animation: loop 20s linear infinite;
  -moz-animation: loop 20s linear infinite;
  -o-animation: loop 20s linear infinite;
  animation: loop 20s linear infinite;
}
.cssanimations .marquee > ul > li {
  white-space: normal;
  position: relative;
  text-align: justify;
  text-justify: distribute-all-lines;
  line-height: 0;
  letter-spacing: -0.31em;
  float: left;
  width: 33.333333%;
  overflow: hidden;
  height: 80px;
}
.cssanimations .marquee > ul > li:before {
  content: '';
  position: relative;
  height: 100%;
  width: 0;
}
.cssanimations .marquee > ul > li:before,
.cssanimations .marquee > ul > li > * {
  vertical-align: middle;
  display: inline-block;
}
.cssanimations .marquee > ul > li:after {
  content: '.';
  display: inline-block;
  height: 0 !important;
  width: 100%;
  overflow: hidden !important;
  visibility: hidden;
  font-size: 0;
  word-spacing: 100%;
}
.cssanimations .marquee > ul > li > * {
  display: inline-block;
  vertical-align: middle;
  text-align: left;
  line-height: 1;
  letter-spacing: 0;
}
.cssanimations .marquee > ul > li img {
  margin: 0 1.6%;
}


.marquee ul li a{
    display: inline-block; 
    height: 80%;
}

.marquee ul li a img {
    max-height: 100%;
}

JS LINKS IN THE HTML

<script src="Vendors/js/modernizr.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src='http://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.3/jquery.min.js'></script>

IMPORTANT N.B.:

Only thing I added to the CodePen:

.marquee ul li a{
    display: inline-block; 
    height: 80%;
}

.marquee ul li a img {
    max-height: 100%;
}

Removing this doesn’t solve the issue.


EDIT 1:

Google Chrome Profiler (option 1):

enter image description here

Google Chrome Profiler (option 2 (Snapshot)):

enter image description here

EDIT 2:

CSS3 transition not smooth in Chrome

I seem to have just found a strange behaviour in my animation. It “grows” (gets larger) every time I move out of sight and back on it by scrolling.

This behaviour seems to be what is described in the answer to the question above. But specifying a fixed width like suggested didn’t fix the lag.

EDIT 3:

Google Timeline (after removing gravity.js):

enter image description here

EDIT 4:

This is weird. After commenting and uncommenting some lines (basically going back to what the code was when there was lag), the animation performance became better. Not as smooth as in Safari or Firefox, but still smoother.

EDIT 5:

I found the “culprit”.

I am using another codepen in my website’s header :

https://codepen.io/saransh/pen/BKJun

<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Lato:300,400,700' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>
#stars
#stars2
#stars3
#title
  %span
    PURE CSS
  %br
  %span
    PARALLAX PIXEL STARS

Removing it makes the other animation smooth.


NONETHELESS:

This doesn’t explain why everything is smooth in Firefox and Safari but not in Chrome.

Is Chrome less powerful ?

I filed a report to Chrome and hope they will answer here but there is no guarantee.

If someone can get an answer from Google / Chrome on this, I award him/her the bounty.


UPDATE 6:

Tried on the Opera browser. Exactly the same lag ! Now we know it’s a problem with the BLINK rendering engine !

Solution

I found the “culprit”.

I am using another codepen in my website’s header :

https://codepen.io/saransh/pen/BKJun

<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Lato:300,400,700' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>
#stars
#stars2
#stars3
#title
  %span
    PURE CSS
  %br
  %span
    PARALLAX PIXEL STARS

Removing it makes the other animation smooth.


NONETHELESS:

This doesn’t explain why everything is smooth in Firefox and Safari but not in Chrome.

Is Chrome less powerful ?

I filed a report to Chrome and hope they will answer here but there is no guarantee.

If someone can get an answer from Google / Chrome on this, I award him/her the bounty.

UPDATE 6:

Tried on the Opera browser. Exactly the same lag ! Now we know it’s a problem with the BLINK rendering engine !

Answered By – Coder1000

Answer Checked By – Senaida (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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