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Adobe After Effects CC for Teams & Businesses v2019 (16)

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Make a big scene bigger.

Create cinematic movie titles, intros, and transitions. Start a fire or make it rain. Animate a logo or a character. With After Effects CC, the industry-standard animation and creative compositing app, you can take any idea and make it move.


Highlights

New in the October 2018 release

The October 2018 release of After Effects CC (version 16.0) rolls out exciting new features for visual effects artists, graphics editors, and animators. Read on for a quick introduction to these features and links to resources offering more information.


Advanced puppet tools for mesh sculpting

puppet tool

 

New Advanced and Bend pins let you precisely twist, bend, curve, and scale animations. Explore new ways to animate with new Advanced and Bend pins in the Puppet Tool.

 

With better precision, and the ability to switch between pin types, control your animations with the Advanced pin that enables you to scale and rotate your mesh to detailed precision. The Bend pin lets you create different deformations by curving and bending your animations.

For more information, see Types of pins in the Advanced Puppet Tool.


Native Depth Passes for 3D Compositions

Generate a depth pass with the After Effects Classic 3D or CINEMA 4D renderer. Composite objects quickly and easily in 3D space. Apply depth effects such as Depth of Field, Fog 3D, and Depth Matte so elements look natural or use depth data to simulate 3D looks.

Z-depth can now be extracted by the 3D channel effects from a nested composition that contains 3D layers. This can be used to apply 3D depth effects to the composition layer, such as a depth of field blur, or to generate a matte for depth compositing or color correction.

Generate a Depth Pass the Classic 3D and the Cinema 4D Renderer. Depth Pass lets you set objects into a scene and apply depth of field parameters to your object without going into multiple panels, dropdowns, or a third-party application to make it look natural or as part of the scene.

For more information, see Depth passes for 3D compositions.


Easier and faster expressions

New JavaScript engine for expressions

Create expressions easily with the new JavaScript expression engine that makes creating expressions more accessible. Plus, you get a 6x boost in performance and the ability to save each expression to a library that you can easily access again and again. You get a faster and easier way to write expressions and save favorite expressions to a custom expression library panel in the UI.

For more information, see Expressions: JavaScript engine.

Editor and UX improvements

  • Editor improvements: The expression field in the Timeline panel has received ease-of-use enhancements:
    • Monospace font: The expression editor field now uses Source Code Pro.
    • Auto-resizing: The expression editor field now automatically adjusts when you click into it to show as much of the expression as possible.
  • Enable or disable all expressions on selected layers: All expressions on a layer can now be disabled or enabled via two new menu commands in the Layer > Switches submenu, or by right-clicking on a layer and opening the Switches submenu.
  • Expression error banner improvements: The expression error banner (the orange bar that appears in the Composition panel when an expression fails to evaluate) has been updated:
    • Buttons in the banner use easier-to-see dark icons.
    • A new Hide Expression Error Banner button hides the banner. This button disables the Show Warning Banner When Project Contains Expression Errors option in Preferences > General. To show the expression error banner again, re-enable the preference.

New methods and attributes

This release introduces the following expression reference methods and attributes:


Responsive Design — Time

Create motion graphics that can adapt to changes in length while preserving the integrity of protected keyframes. Export your designs as Motion Graphics templates for increased editorial flexibility.

Motion graphics involve keyframes and when the length of a composition changes, the keyframes must be adjusted as well, involving repetitive work when iterating. The Responsive Design features in After Effects, allow you to author graphics that adapt to later changes. Responsive Design – Time in After Effects enables adaptive time-stretching when a composition is nested or exported as a Motion Graphics template. When the in and out points of the composition are adjusted, the duration of protected regions is preserved and unprotected regions are time-stretched.

For more information, see Add responsive design to your graphics.


Selective color grading with Lumetri Color

Take the guesswork out of curve adjustments with innovative new Lumetri Color tools for selective color correction. Each curve has two axes with paired values, making it easy to fine-tune colors accurately.

Innovative new curve adjustment tools make selective color grading simple and straightforward. Two axes allow you to adjust Hue to Hue and Hue to Luma values with a clear visual representation. This provides precision to take the guess work out of curve adjustment.

For more information, see Lumetri color curves control.

Display color management

Get accurate color representations and maintain color fidelity across your workflow, from After Effects to Premiere Pro and on rec709, rec202, and P3 displays.


Improved Motion Graphics templates file exchange with Premiere Pro

Access, modify, or replace CSV and TSV spreadsheet data in Premiere Pro to create dynamic, data-driven templates. Group controls so it’s easy to find editable properties in your Motion Graphics templates. Unlock font settings to let editors change fonts.

The Essential Graphics panel allows you to group controls together, control font properties, and add controls for CSV and TSV spreadsheet data sources to a Motion Graphics template.

To accommodate groups, a new menu named Add Formatting replaces the Add Comment button in the lower left of the Essential Graphics panel. The Add Comment command can be accessed from this menu.

For more information, see Motion Graphics templates in After Effects.


Native Mocha AE plug-in for After Effects

Get fast, accurate, precision planar tracking with the GPU-accelerated Mocha AE plug-in. It’s updated with a simplified interface, includes retina/high DPI support, and works natively inside After Effects.

After Effects 16.0 includes the Mocha AE CC 6.0 plug-in from Imagineer Systems - Boris FX. This replaces the stand-alone Mocha AE application that was included with previous releases of After Effects. The Mocha AE CC plug-in includes the same accurate planar tracking as the stand-alone Mocha AE application, but features a new interface and is now GPU-accelerated.

For more information, see Work with the Mocha AE plug-in.

 


Adobe Animate and Adobe XD integration

Import from Adobe Animate

Adobe Animate CC documents (.fla) can now be imported into After Effects as a composition of layered .swf files. Ensure that the Animate 19.0 version is installed on the same computer.

For more information, see Importing FLA files into After Effects.

Export to After Effects from Adobe XD

XD to AE

This release of Adobe XD CC can export layers and artboards to your After Effects project. This functionality provides seamless assets transfer between XD and After Effects, with native mapping of layers, artboards, vectors, text, and artwork. The workflow enables designers to send to After Effects groups of layers and define advanced micro-interactions or artboards to create complex and refined transitions or interactions.

For more information, see Working with Adobe XD and After Effects.


Create in VR 180, preview in the headset

Jump into immersive video with support for 180 VR. Add VR effects and work with 180 and 360 material interchangeably. Publish finished videos in the Google VR 180 format on YouTube or other platforms. A new Theater Mode option allows you to preview rectilinear content in a head-mounted display (HMD).

Support for VR 180

With this release of After Effects, you can create and preview immersive content with a 180-degree field of view. There are two new 180 stereoscopic modes to preview your composition in an HMD:

  • 180 Over/Under
  • 180 Side-by-Side

New Theater mode and 180 Stereoscopic modes in Adobe Immersive Environment

This release of After Effects introduces the Theater Mode (Rectilinear) that previews the composition as a flat rectangle in an empty room, simulating the view of looking at a movie screen.

For more information, see Preview footage in your headset.

New properties to control Immersive effects

The Immersive Video effects (except VR Converter and VR Sphere to Plane) include new options to control how they are applied:

  • Stereoscopic Side-by-Side: The Frame Layout parameter can be set to Stereoscopic Side-by-Side, in addition to the existing Monoscopic, and Stereoscopic Over/Under options.
  • Horizontal and Vertical Field of View: The horizontal and vertical field of view can be independently set. By default, the values are 360x180. For VR 180 content, set both values to 180.

For more information, see Apply immersive video effects.


Performance and GPU optimizations

New GPU- and performance-optimizing effects include Fill, Curves, Exposure, Noise, Tritone, Set Matte and Color Balance. The Wave Warp effect is now multithreaded and renders 2-3x faster by using multiple CPU cores. Experience faster H.264 and HEVC decoding on the latest macOS.

New GPU-accelerated effects

The following effects now render using your computer GPU when the Project Settings > Video Rendering and Effects > Use option is set to Mercury GPU Acceleration:

  • Color Balance (HLS)
  • Curves
  • Fill
  • Exposure
  • Linear Wipe
  • Noise
  • Tritone
  • Set Matte
  • Venetian Blinds

Wave Warp effect CPU improvement

The Wave Warp effect is now multi-threaded and renders 2x-3x faster by using multiple CPU cores.

Median effect algorithm improvement

The Median effect has been updated to a modern algorithm that renders much faster than the previous median algorithm and that supports 32-bpc color. The new algorithm renders differently at layer edges, so the previous algorithm has been preserved as separate effect, Median (Legacy). Projects saved in previous versions of After Effects apply the Median (Legacy) effect to preserve the rendering result.


Other enhancements

UI enhancements

  • After Effects now uses Adobe Clean UX for the user interface.
  • The disclosure triangle (twirly arrow) is updated to an open-triangle design.
  • It is now easier to find and identify GPU-accelerated effects or to determine whether Mercury GPU Acceleration is enabled for the open project.
    • In the Effects & Presets panel, you can filter the list of effects to show only GPU-accelerated effects. Click the panel menu and choose Show GPU Capable Effects Only.
    • In the Effect Controls panel, GPU-accelerated effects display the GPU acceleration badge next to the effect name.
    • At the bottom of the Project panel, a rocket ship icon indicates whether the project is set to use Mercury GPU Acceleration. If the rocket ship icon is bright, the project is set to Mercury GPU Acceleration. If the rocket ship icon is dim with a power button icon, the project is set to Mercury Software Only. Click the rocket ship icon to open the Project Settings > Video Rendering and Effects tab, where you can choose whether Mercury GPU Acceleration is enabled and which GPU technology is used.

Set guide lines position

Guide lines can be set to a precise pixel position. After you create a guide line (drag from the horizontal or vertical ruler), right-click and choose Edit Position, then enter the new position as a number of horizontal or vertical pixels from the composition origin (upper-left corner).

Install scripts and ScriptUI panels from the UI

You can install After Effects scripts or ScriptUI panels by selecting new commands from the File > Scripts panel, or by dragging script files into the Project panel while you hold down the modifier keys. Scripts installed through these methods are copied to the current user preferences folder, and appear in the File > Scripts menu or Window menu (for ScriptUI panels) after you restart After Effects.


New Home screen and Home button

Home screenThe After Effects Home screen when you first launch it

When you launch After Effects, it now displays a Home screen, which includes an option to create a project or open an existing project.

You can also view the Home Screen at any time by pressing the new Home button on the toolbar, which is displayed to the left of the Selection tool.

The options on the Home screen evolve as you keep using After Effects. The contents of the Home screen are tailored based on your familiarity with After Effects and your Creative Cloud membership plan.

For more information, see Navigate and use the Home screen.


New Learn panel and Learn workspace

The Learn panel is designed for new users to help them create a composition quickly while introducing them to panels, timeline, and effects.

Learn Panel
Learn panel and the Learn workspace

The panel includes the following information:

  • After Effects overview
  • Learn the basics

The new Learn workspace offers a simpler interface with only four panels (Learn panel, Composition panel, Project panel, and the Timeline panel) to help new users get started with After Effects. The Learn panel is docked to the side so that you can follow the instructions while you still have clear access to the rest of workspace.

For more information, see Use the Learn workspace and Learn panel.


Other changes

  • Saving a project file as a previous version has been updated to Save a Copy As CC (15.x) or Save a Copy As CC (14.x). To save a project as 13.x from After Effects 16.0, first save it as 15.x or 14.x, then open the project in one of those versions and save a copy as 13.x.
  • Deleting multiple empty folders in the Project panel no longer asks you to confirm the deletion if all of the folders are empty.
  • The Match Legacy After Effects QuickTime Gamma Adjustments option in Project Settings > Color has been removed.
  • The Create Nulls From Paths panel now creates nulls directly above the layers containing the selected paths, instead of at the top of the layer stack.
  • The Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse plug-in is no longer included with After Effects.
  • The Ray-traced 3D composition renderer has been deprecated, and is labeled as such in the UI. It will be removed in a future release of After Effects. For better performance, create 3D compositions with only the CINEMA 4D or Classic 3D renderers.

FAQ

What is After Effects CC and who is it for?
After Effects CC is the industry-leading animation and creative compositing software used by a wide variety of motion graphics and visual effects artists. It offers superior control, a wealth of creative options, and integration with other post-production applications — and it's available only in Creative Cloud.

Does After Effects still support 32-bit operating systems?
No. The performance benefits of native 64-bit support make it the best choice for the demanding technical requirements of working with video, particularly HD and higher resolution content. Offering only 64-bit support enables Adobe to optimize performance even further.

I use a Mac. How does the lack of 32-bit support affect me?
The lack of 32-bit support does not affect the majority of Mac computers that use Intel® processors. The only Mac users affected by the lack of 32-bit support are those using Intel based Mac computers with Intel Core™ Duo (single-core) processors. Refer to the After Effects CC system requirements to make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements.

Will my existing plug-ins work with After Effects CC?
Any 64-bit plug-ins designed for After Effects will work in After Effects CC. Any 32-bit plug-ins for After Effects will need new versions designed for 64-bit computing. For more information, contact the plug-in manufacturers.

Your computer must meet the minimum technical specifications outlined below to run and use After Effects CC.

Applicable for: October 2018 (16.0) release

System requirements for earlier releases: After Effects system requirements | earlier releases

i The latest version of Creative Cloud apps does not support some older versions of Windows and Mac. Learn more.

Minimum system requirements for After Effects CC

Windows

  Minimum requirement
Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system

Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1703 (Creators Update) and later

RAM
  • 16 GB of RAM (32 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB of GPU VRAM
Hard disk space
  • 5GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)
Monitor resolution 1280x1080 or greater display resolution
Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

macOS

  Minimum requirement

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system macOS versions 10.12 (Sierra) or 10.13 (High Sierra)
RAM

 

  • 8GB RAM minimum (16GB recommended)

Hard disk space

  • 6GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)

Monitor resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

* Notice to users: Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Extra fees or membership charges may apply.


VR system requirements

Note: Requirements vary between VR systems. The requirements listed here are the base requirements only

Head Mounted display Operating system Other requirements
Oculus Rift Windows 10
HTC Vive
  • Windows 10
  • 27” iMac with Radeon Pro graphics
  • iMac Pro with Radeon Vega graphics
  • Mac OS 10.13.3 or later

For detailed requirements for the different types of head-sets, and for information on setting up an immersive environment for After Effects, see Adobe Immersive Environment in After Effects.

i Note: NVIDIA has publicly released windows ODE drivers that support the CUDA 9.2 SDK used in the latest release of After Effects. This is not the Microsoft default driver, but you can download this driver directly from NVIDIA, Version 411.63 (of the 410 series drivers).

Language versions available for After Effects CC

 After Effects CC is available in the following languages:

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Simplified Chinese
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April 2018 Update (15.1)

Streamline graphics creation with Master Properties

Create multiple variations of a single composition with Master Properties. Choose properties like text, position and color to adjust in context, without having to open a precomp to make changes.

Advanced Puppet Engine

Twist and bend layers with greater control and smoother deformations. Add pins to any shape and the Advanced Puppet Engine adds mesh detail where you need it most.

Essential Graphics Panel improvements

Add most timeline properties to the Essential Graphics panel, including 2D position, rotation and scale. Export them as Motion Graphics template controls to customize your design in Premiere Pro.

Data-driven animation improvements

More easily import and use native data files (including JSON, CSV, and TSV) right in the timeline. A public API lets third parties implement other data file format support. Link properties to data more easily with the pick whip without enabling expressions first.

Performance and GPU optimizations

The Add Grain, Remove Grain and Match Grain effects are now multi-threaded for up to 5x faster performance. GPU usage is more efficient: work with larger frame sizes without memory errors.

Open Motion Graphics templates in After Effects

Motion Graphics templates can be opened as a project in After Effects, retaining compositions and assets. Make edits and then save as a project or export as a new Motion Graphics template for users of Premiere Pro.

Support for Adobe Immersive Environment and improved VR Plane to Sphere effect

Preview your VR composition the way it’s meant to be seen, in a VR head-mounted display. The Adobe Immersive Environment supports the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on Mac and Windows. An overhauled VR Plane to Sphere effect delivers higher-quality transformations.

Video Limiter effect

Limit chroma and luma values to meet broadcast specifications. Apply to individual layers or to an adjustment layer to limit your entire composition.

Enhanced support for Team Projects

Enhancements include improved tracking of collaborators, better project management, and more.

And so much more

Also includes: A shortcut to quickly cycle through mask modes, the ability to automatically center shape layer anchor points, better disk cache management, and project organization improvements.

See full release notes ›

The January 2018 update for After Effects CC includes New After Effects Format Support and Memory Improvements

New Format Support

  • This update includes support for three new formats across After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder:
    • Variable frame rate video with audio sync
      • Footage recorded with a variable frame rate, such as from screen capture software or video shot on mobile phones, now maintains audio sync when played back or exported.
    • ARRI ALEXA Mini MXF/ARRIRAW
      • Footage captured by the ARRI ALEXA Mini camera in MXF/ARRIRAW format (ARRIRAW codec in an MXF container file) can now be imported.
    • HEVC (H.265) QuickTime
      • HEVC (also known as H.265) codec footage in a QuickTime (.MOV) container, such as produced by an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 or a DJI Phantom 4 drone, can now be imported into After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder.

VR Improvements

  • Work with higher-resolution VR footage with lower GPU memory requirements through more efficient cubemap layout. The Create VR Environment and Extract Cubemap tools now generate the intermediate cubemap in 3:2 format instead of 4:3 format, enabling 6K VR (monoscopic) workflows at medium quality on GPUs with only 4GB of memory.

Key Bug Fixes

  • After Effects no longer crashes when you copy shape layer data from mocha AE CC or mocha Pro.
  • Parameter values no longer overlap in the Timeline panel on Windows when display scaling is set to 150 percent.
  • Context menus now work in undocked panels on a secondary monitor on mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra).
  • Keyboard shortcuts assigned to commands generated by plug-ins now work on Windows.
  • The recent fonts list at the top of the font menu in the Character panel is no longer missing.
  • The sourceData and sourceText expression attributes now correctly decode Unicode characters in JSON files.
  • Expression-heavy compositions no longer render more slowly than After Effects 14.2.1.
  • DNxHD and DNxHR codec QuickTime files exported with alpha no longer have a dark halo in the alpha channel.
  • QuickTime or AVI files exported via the render queue will no longer be missing the last frame if you have selected a codec that is not native to After Effects and the project is set to Mercury GPU Acceleration.
  • XML project files (.aepx) saved in a previous version of After Effects no longer open with all effect names removed and all masks renamed to “Mask”.
  • If the Media Cache location is set to the root directory of a drive, Premiere Pro 12.0.1 no longer fails to load a Motion Graphics template created by After Effects or shows a warning that After Effects needs to be installed.

 

The June 2017 update for After Effects CC (Version 14.2.1) includes significant performance enhancements as well as bug fixes, and is recommended for all users.

Performance improvements

  • We fixed the “Cached preview needs 2 or more frames to play back” memory allocation errors, caused by an incorrect estimate of free memory when After Effects attempted to render or preview frames. (Note that you will, however, still see this message if you attempt to preview a single frame.) These fixes should also enable you to preview longer stretches of your timeline.
  • Text rendering has been optimized. As a result, Dynamic Link rendering performance of After Effects compositions, including Motion Graphics templates and legacy text templates, is now significantly faster, up to 4x faster depending on the composition.
  • Importing Illustrator or PDF files, or opening a project containing those files, is now 3-4x faster for files with many layers or a very large number of vectors to parse.

Miscellaneous bug fixes

  • The Camera-Shake Deblur effect now renders correctly when the project color depth is set to 16-bpc or 32-bpc.
  • Buttons in ScriptUI panels have been reverted to the rectangular appearance seen in After Effects 14.1 and previous releases.
  • The Lumetri Scopes panel no longer displays at a reduced size on Windows when HiDPI display scaling is enabled.
  • Overbright pixels in 32-bpc compositions no longer lack a color cast, when appropriate, if the Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, and Footage Panels preference is enabled.
  • Opening a project that contains a missing JPEG sequence footage now reports the missing sequence correctly instead of “file ‘<folder name>’ cannot be imported this ‘????’ file is damaged or unsupported.”
  • The CINEMA 4D renderer no longer fails to render the frame or give an error, “CINEMA 4D Render Failed (5070::0)”, if you enable motion blur when the Composition panel is set to an orthographic 3D view.
  • Changing Brightness in Preferences > Appearance no longer leaves some parts of the user interface at the previous brightness until you restart After Effects. Note that CEP panel tabs, such as the Libraries panel, still have this problem; we are investigating this remaining problem for a future release.

After Effects – Premiere Pro interoperability improvements:

  • The sample Motion Graphics templates installed by After Effects have been updated so that they no longer fail to render correctly in Premiere Pro if After Effects is installed in a non-English language.
  • Text layers in a Premiere Pro graphic object now include tracking, kerning, and tsume values when they are brought into After Effects. Also, vertical text is no longer changed to horizontal text.
  • Shape layers in a Premiere Pro graphic with the fill attribute disabled no longer have a red fill when they are brought into After Effects.
  • Premiere Pro graphic objects that have effects applied between graphic object layers now replicate the effects on adjustment layers when they are brought into After Effects. A similar problem with masks is solved by replicating the mask as a track matte. Also, keyframes at frame zero in the graphic object are no longer adjusted forward one frame.
  • Premiere Pro graphic object layers with their visibility eyeballs disabled no longer have their visibility re-enabled when they are brought into After Effects.
  • Bars and Tone and HD Bars and Tone clips in a Premiere Pro project are now replicated as a placeholder footage object instead of a solid layer when they are brought into After Effects. (Note that the audio tone is still not included, you can add the Tone effect to manually replicate that.)

Team Projects fixes

  • Team Projects no longer prevents footage from being deleted from the project if a composition or sequence has a dependency on the footage.
  • Team Projects no longer flags a footage item as needing to be shared if the only change was that the footage was relinked to the same source media.

Scripting and Expressions fixes

  • The AVItem.setProxyToNone() scripting method no longer fails with an error message, “After Effects error: AEGP trying to add invalid footage”.
  • The system.callSystem() scripting method now waits for all tasks called by the command to complete, instead of failing when the command takes a long time to complete.
  • Enabling expressions for a property on macOS 10.12 using the Option+Shift+= (equals sign) keyboard shortcut no longer replaces the default expression with the ± (plus-minus sign) character.

 

The April 2017 update for After Effects CC (version 14.2) includes these new features:

  • Essential Graphics Panel
  • Lumetri Scopes
  • Camera-Shake Deblur
  • Simplified Effect Organization
  • RTL and Indic text support
  • Dynamic Link support in Team Projects (Beta)
  • Additional GPU-accelerated effects
  • Native support for high frame rate footage and compositions, up to 999fps
  • The Solids folder can now be organized and renamed like any other project item
  • Mask mode editing keyboard shortcuts and higher limits for Mask Expansion and Mask Feather
  • Character leading and Team Projects features are now scriptable
  • Colored markers

The January 2017 update for After Effects CC (version 14.1) fixes these bugs:

  • Adobe Media Encoder and Premiere Pro again render compositions at full resolution, regardless of the resolution set in the Composition panel in After Effects. (When using the Queue In AME command, the resolution you specify in the Render Settings dialog will be used.)
  • JPEG image sequence footage no longer changes its frame rate and duration when the project is saved, if the frame rate assigned in the Interpret Footage dialog differs from the preference for sequence footage frame rate. Note: JPEG sequences in projects last saved by versions 14.0 or 14.0.1 are not automatically corrected to their previous frame rate. To fix such projects, change the frame rate to the expected value in the Interpret Footage dialog for these JPEG sequences.
  • After Effects no longer crashes when you open the preferences if the audio device last used by After Effects was disabled or disconnected.
  • Auto-save timing has been fixed so that the timer only starts after you make a change to a saved (or new) project. This prevents problems where the timer would run while the project was saved but not changed, resulting in auto-save occurring after you make the next change.
  • After Effects no longer disables the Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, and Footage Panels option on Windows when you unlock the computer while After Effects is active. (You should no longer receive the warning, “Hardware-accelerated views have been disabled because they are not compatible with Remote Desktop”, unless you are actually using Remote Desktop.)
  • Text templates that use sourceRectAtTime() in an expression now update the comp correctly when the text is changed in Premiere Pro.
  • Text templates that use expressions to reference other layers now update the comp correctly when the text is changed in Premiere Pro.
  • Text templates no longer display layers as offline in Premiere Pro if the source file for that layer uses non-English Unicode characters.
  • When you select a template project in Preferences > New Project, the file dialog box allows you to select all project format types (.aet, .aep, and .aepx) without changing the format type selector.
  • Creating a new project from a template, when enabled in Preferences > New Project, no longer adds the project template to the File > Open Recent menu.
  • Orthographic views of compositions using the CINEMA 4D renderer are no longer offset and shifted from layer handles.
  • Previews with the Skip option enabled (i.e., not zero) in the Preview panel no longer play at less than real-time when you play through previously cached frames.
  • Composition and layer viewer panels no longer downsample the preview image if you make a change during playback and the composition Fast Preview option is set to Adaptive Resolution.
  • After Effects no longer crashes when you quit on a Mac computer with an Intel GPU, after you import video footage or JPEG images.
  • After Effects no longer sometimes crashes when you quit while a preview is playing back.
  • After Effects no longer crashes on start when trying to load a plug-in from a folder with a very long name.
  • After Effects no longer crashes if you apply the Glow effect to a synthetic layer (e.g., solid, shape, text, etc.) and the layer is outside of the comp bounds, if the project is set to use GPU acceleration and is in 8- or 16-bpc mode.

The January 2017 update for After Effects CC (version 14.1) also includes these improvements to Team Projects (Beta):

  • Team projects can now be saved as a local project (.aep) by choosing Edit > Team Projects > Convert Team Project to Project.
  • The Edit > Edit in Adobe Audition command is now available for layers with audio in a team project.
  • Many bugs with team projects have been fixed.

The 14.0.1 bug-fix update for After Effects addresses these bugs:

  • Real-time playback of previews on macOS 10.11 and 10.12 is no longer affected by redrawing the Timeline panel. (Workarounds, such as docking a different panel below the Timeline panel or previewing in Full Screen, are no longer necessary.) Also, After Effects no longer draws a white line at the bottom of the application window.
  • Stopping a preview or face tracking on macOS no longer sometimes causes After Effects to hang.
  • Color profiles assigned to video footage no longer are no longer reset to Rec.709 when the project is saved.
  • Help menu commands which open help pages on Adobe.com now work if After Effects CC 2015.3 is not installed.
  • After Effects no longer crashes in some cases when using an external multichannel audio device for preview (Preferences > Audio Hardware).
  • After Effects no longer crashes when quit after importing video footage files on Mac hardware with an integrated Intel GPU.
  • After Effects no longer crashes when importing or replacing certain PDF files.
  • After Effects no longer crashes in some circumstances when both a pre-comp (without Collapse Transformations enabled) and its parent comp use the CINEMA 4D renderer.

What's new with Adobe After Effects 2017?

3D rendering engine

Improve rendering performance on your CPU and create elements such as extruded text and shape layers directly inside After Effects with the new 3D rendering engine from Cinema 4D.

Team Projects (Beta)

Collaborate and share sequences and compositions in real time with Team Projects (Beta). Features like version control and conflict resolution are built right into After Effects, Premiere Pro and Prelude so teams can work better together. Available now for Creative Cloud for teams and enterprise customers.

Real-time playback

Speed up your workflow by playing back most raw footage in real-time without rendering or caching first.

Faster effects and interactive performance

Get rid of bottlenecks and work faster with more GPU-accelerated effects, as well as Dynamic Link improvements that eliminate intermediate rendering between Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Live Text Template improvements

Package your compositions in a single file that allows users to easily share Live Text Templates with Premiere Pro.

Character Animator enhancements

Make Photoshop and Illustrator changes to your puppet and update faster with improved Character Animator performance. Switch easily between Character Animator, After Effects and Premiere Pro using Dynamic Link.

Typekit updates

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Creative Cloud Assets improvements

Archive and restore all your assets stored in Creative Cloud, including the ones in your Creative Cloud Libraries, assets created with CC desktop products, and mobile projects.

Shared templates

Make sure your team and freelancers are always working off the same page by creating your own new project template with set color guides and file structure, and sharing it in Creative Cloud Folders.

Date and time tokens

Keep track of multiple outputs from the same file by adding date and time tokens to your file name output template.

And so much more

Also includes: Better UI retina support, improved markers, scripting enhancements, Adobe Media Encoder export improvements, enhanced Time Remapping, a 360-degree preset for monoscopic equirectangular video viewing, and more.

The After Effects CC 2015 (13.8.1) bug-fix update addresses these bugs:

  • After Effects no longer crashes (kernel panic) macOS 10.11 when started on certain Mac hardware with Nvidia GPU’s. A result of this change is that Mercury GPU Acceleration using Metal is not available for Mac hardware with Nvidia GPU’s. Mercury GPU Acceleration using OpenCL remains available.
  • H.264 and AVC footage no longer decode with random red frames on Windows computers with certain Intel HD graphics configurations. If you experienced this problem, red frames can still appear for previously cached footage until you clear the caches: click both the Empty Disk Cache and Clean Database & Cache buttons in Preferences > Media & Disk Cache.
  • Audio no longer unexpectedly loops incorrect samples towards the end of an After Effects composition, when exported via Adobe Media Encoder or dynamically linked to Premiere Pro.
  • Audio-only previews no longer fail to start if Cache Before Playback is enabled.
  • Audio-only previews now loop the preview-time indicator (PTI) to the start of the preview range as expected, in sync with audio playback.
  • Audio no longer unexpectedly loops during previews with the Skip Frames option enabled, if Cache Before Playback is enabled and you interrupt caching before the full range is cached.
  • Text template compositions in Premiere Pro no longer render some frames incorrectly.
  • The Info panel no longer opens unexpectedly if closed when, for example, you move the mouse pointer over the Composition panel.
  • Guides and grids draw at the expected width on Apple Retina displays.
  • Math equations are again evaluated when exiting numerical input fields in dialog boxes, or when OK’ing the dialog.
  • Adobe Bridge CC starts as expected when you choose File > Browse in Bridge, File > Reveal in Bridge, or Animation > Browse Presets.
  • Text, shape, or Illustrator layers no longer draw with unexpected thin horizontal lines.
  • Anti-aliasing has been corrected on text and shape layers.
  • Lights with a cone angle larger than 175° no longer cause After Effects to crash on Windows.
  • Stopping the render queue no longer experiences a long delay in certain situations before the render process stops on macOS.
  • Exporting a composition no longer has a small probability in certain scenarios of replacing random frames with the wrong frame from the cache.
  • Resizing a viewer panel is less likely to cause incorrect pixels to be drawn in the expanded or reduced regions of the panel.
  • Proxies are now recognized when sending footage to After Effects from Premiere Pro.
  • After Effects no longer crashes if you quit while Premiere Pro was rendering a dynamically linked composition.
  • After Effects no longer crashes when you set a color management profile for an output module.
  • Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when the viewer panel was redrawn in certain cases, such as when panning with the Hand tool.
  • Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when expressions were enabled in the project.
  • Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when After Effects was quit.
  • Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when After Effects was running in headless mode and quit.
  • Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when After Effects decodes an incorrectly encoded alpha channel in Apple ProRes 4444 files written by certain third party encoders.

New in 13.8.1

This update introduces native import and export support for the QuickTime Animation codec, and native import support for the PNG video codec and AAC audio codec inside of QuickTime files. This means you no longer need QuickTime installed on Windows in order to use QuickTime files with the Animation, PNG, or AAC codecs, part of our ongoing effort to provide native support for as many codecs as possible. These codecs are also natively supported in the updates to Premiere Pro CC 2015.4 (10.4), Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015.4 (10.4), Audition CC 2015.2 (9.2.1), and Prelude CC 2015.4 (5.0.1).

New & Changed in After Effects CC 2015 (13.8)

  • Enhanced video and audio playback: After Effects CC 2015 (13.8) uses a new playback architecture to deliver real-time playback of cached frames with synced audio. The new architecture is shared with other Adobe applications, like Premiere Pro and Audition.
  • Effect rendering on the GPU: The Lumetri Color, Gaussian Blur, and Sharpen effects can now render using your computer’s GPU. This improves rendering performance for these effects by 2x-4x over rendering using only the CPU (depending on the frame being rendered and the speed of your GPU). GPU effect rendering is controlled via the new Video Rendering and Effects option in the Project Settings dialog.
  • Performance improvements: Many small changes under the hood include faster import and caching of image sequences, asynchronous drawing of viewer panels, faster opening of large projects, improved expression caching, and more.
  • Additional native format support: Apple ProRes QuickTime files can be decoded on Windows without needing QuickTime installed on the system. RED camera raw file decoding now supports RED Scarlet-W, Raven, and Weapon cameras, including 8K .r3d footage.
  • Lumetri Color effect improvements: The Lumetri Color effect can now render using your computer’s GPU, and includes new HSL Secondary controls and new SpeedLooks presets.
  • Gaussian Blur effect improvements: The Gaussian Blur effect has been updated to a new version. The Repeat Edge Pixels option from the Fast Blur effect has been added, and the effect can now render using your computer’s GPU. This version of Gaussian Blur replaces both the previous Gaussian Blur (Legacy) effect and the Fast Blur effect, which are still available but have been moved to the Obsolete category.
  • Add compositions to Adobe Media Encoder with render settings: You can now send compositions from the Render Queue to the Adobe Media Encoder queue with the options you choose in the Render Settings dialog. When you click the new Queue in AME button in the Render Queue panel, queued render  items are added to Adobe Media Encoder. Compositions will be rendered by Adobe Media Encoder with the render settings you chose in After Effects.
  • Read-only collaboration with Creative Cloud libraries: Assets in Creative Cloud libraries can be set to read-only, so they can be shared but not changed or deleted.
  • Libraries panel improvements: The new Libraries workspace makes it easier to search and add assets to your project. Find the right content fast using filtered search for Adobe Stock, display of length and format for Stock video, and links to video previews.
  • Scroll panel tabs using the Hand tool: When a panel group has more tabs than you can see at once, you can now scroll the tabs by panning with the Hand tool. For example, hold the spacebar key to activate the Hand tool, then click in the tab well and drag left or right, the same way you would to pan in the Composition panel.
  • Maxon CINEWARE 3.1: The latest version of Maxon’s CINEWARE plug-in includes bug fixes, enhanced OpenGL rendering, and scene coordinate matching.
  • Maxon Cinema 4D Exporter: The Maxon Cinema 4D Exporter now exports animated 3D text and shape layers into the .c4d file. 3D text layers can be exported as extruded spline objects that retain animation fidelity, or as extruded text objects that preserve the ability to edit the text in Cinema 4D.
  • And even more: Many additional small improvements, such as a Swap Colors button in the Tint effect, refinements to project auto-save, and many bug fixes

Bug Fixes in After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.2) Mac Only.

This update fixes a bug that occurred in After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1) on Mac OS X: RED (.r3d) files can again be imported, and are not reported as missing in existing projects.

Bug Fixes in After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1)

This update fixes a small number of bugs, including a bug that caused After Effects to not be able to play back a cached preview in real-time on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).

What's new in After Effects CC 2015 (13.7)

  • Maxon CINEWARE 3.0
    • Live Link, which synchronizes the timelines in After Effects and Cinema 4D (R17 SP2)
    • support for the Cinema 4D Take System (R17)
    • extract .c4d timeline markers
    • other enhancements and fixes
  • new preference to auto-save when starting the render queue
  • improvements to Cache Before Playback previews
  • … and many bug fixes
  • Click here to see the full list

Bug fixes in After Effects CC 2015 (13.6.1)

The After Effects CC 2015 (13.6.1) bug-fix update addresses these significant bugs:

  • The preview image in the Composition panel no longer fails to update in certain cases after you make a change to the composition. This fix prevents After Effects from putting the image cache into a bad state, which most commonly occurred on Windows after using Undo, but could also occur after other changes once the project had entered the bad state.
  • Previewing a composition with audio will no longer fail to start when a layer has an audio effect with an expression, and display an error: Effect cannot use “abort” callback when called with “unrecognized plug-in effect command” command. ( 25 :: 19 )
  • Viewer panels (Composition, Layer, Footage) no longer show downsampling artifacts when the viewer zoom is set to 50% zoom, the viewer resolution is set to Full, and the Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, and Footage Panels option is enabled in Preferences > Display.
  • After Effects no longer fails to start on computers with older processors lacking a specific instruction set (e.g., AMD Phenom II and Athlon processors). The error message given for this specific issue was “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000001d)” or “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142)”. Note: A similar issue affects Premiere Pro CC 2015 (9.1), for which the fix is somewhat more involved. An upcoming Premiere Pro update is intended to address this issue. Thank you for your patience.
  • After Effects no longer generates the wrong image for layers using some plug-ins in 16-bpc or 32-bpc (bits per channel) color mode. Affected plug-ins included Digital Film Tools Film Stocks and Digital Anarchy plug-ins.
  • Creative Cloud account names that use non-ASCII characters (e.g., Japanese and Chinese characters) no longer cause an error “could not convert Unicode characters” when you start After Effects.

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