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v1.7.3 Autokroma AfterCodecs

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Autokroma AfterCodecs
  

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Filling the codec gap - all the codecs and features you need

After Effects, Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder native exporters bringing you ProRes / H264 / H265 / HAP codecs for excellent quality and lightweight videos, on Windows and OSX, no Quicktime needed.


Highlights

ProRes on Windows, H264 8K (not limited to 4K) and a fast YouTube export profile easy to use, HAP codecs – Finally say goodbye to Quicktime!

Better and faster compression

AfterCodecs uses ffmpeg to encode H264 and H265:

  • Low bitrates videos are of better quality than before
  • Choose the efficiency you need : fast encoding for your previews or low filesize for final delivery
  • Save time directly in AE render queue without touching the command line and having huge temporary files

AfterCodecs ProRes rendering is on average 15% faster than Quicktime

AfterCodecs AE vs. Exporting with AME

AfterCodecs will create a smaller, better looking file directly in the After Effects render queue. What’s not to love?

How to install

Unzip and use the included installers! You can also use the aescripts + aeplugins manager application and follow the instructions given in the .pdf included in the archive. ffmpeg installation can be done automatically in AfterCodecs or manually by downloading the zip below.

Adobe After Effects 

CC 2019, 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015

Adobe Premiere 

CC 2019, 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015

Adobe Media Encoder 

CC 2019, 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015

AfterCodecs for macOS

1.7.3  (Current version)  –  Aug 6, 2019

  • Floating server: releasing license when After Effects exits bug fix

1.7.2 – Jul 29, 2019

  • New PPro / AME MultiRender feature for your workflow: lets you batch export parts of your timeline into individual renders, according to its markers prefixed by _. We need your feedback on this!
  • Bug fixes: Audio bitrate now only shown for AAC and WAVE audio codec not selectable with .MP4 format

1.7.1 – Jul 25, 2019

  • New Uninstall checkbox in the installers to easily uninstall AfterCodecs plugins
  • Custom AAC Bitrate available once you choose “AAC” as Audio Codec
  • VR180 Monoscopic, Stereoscopic Left-Right, and Top-Bottom metadata added

PPro / AME :

  • New 5.1 Film (L C R Ls Rs LFE) audio layout
  • Custom Frame Rate field (Experimental) ! and 16, 18 Frame Rate options available
  • OSX License input: pressing COMMAND key will now automatically paste the license because COMMAND+V is not working
  • Windows: IE won’t launch anymore when using the popup offline

1.7.0 – Jun 27, 2019

  • New “User Guide” tab on top, showing Autokroma.com information to help you using AfterCodecs!
  • OSX: fixed multiple screens bug
  •  OSX: fixed 5 seconds lag when exiting popup

1.6.4 – Jun 10, 2019

  • Licensing bug fixes and new “Paste Clipboard” button useful on OSX where COMMAND+V for Pasting the license doesn’t work
  • OSX: when using multiple screens Settings popup would disappear, now it is shown on the primary screen

1.6.3 – Jun 7, 2019

  • Small bug fix

1.6.2 – Jun 5, 2019

  • Various crashes fixes and using ffkroma version 4.1-103
  • Plugins are now in the “Autokroma AfterCodecs” subfolder in MediaCore along with ffkroma automatically copied : you don’t need to download it anymore in the Settings tab on OSX. Installers will also delete olders versions of the plugins

1.6.1   –  Mar 25, 2019

* H264 Low-resolution color shift when re-imported into Adobe software fixed (in the Encoding Options popup a message will now tell you if the rendered file will be re-importable into Adobe software or not)
* PPro / AME :
– Individual audio tracks option Mac OSX bug fix
– You can now export audio in 4.0 ambisonic WYZX / WYXZ formats
– Filesize estimations for HAP codecs improved
* Misc bug fixes
* Using ffkroma 4.1-100 please update if you’re not using the Windows installer

AfterCodecs for Windows

1.6.4  (Current version)  –  Jun 10, 2019

* Licensing bug fixes and new “Paste Clipboard” button useful on OSX where COMMAND+V for Pasting the license doesn’t work
* OSX : when using multiple screens Settings popup would disappear, now it is shown on the primary screen

1.6.3  –  Jun 7, 2019

* Small bug fix

1.6.2  –  Jun 5, 2019

* Various crashes fixes and using ffkroma version 4.1-103
* Plugins are now in the “Autokroma AfterCodecs” subfolder in MediaCore along with ffkroma automatically copied : you don’t need to download it anymore in the Settings tab on OSX. Installers will also delete olders versions of the plugins

1.6.1  (Current version)  –  Mar 25, 2019

* H264 Low-resolution color shift when re-imported into Adobe software fixed (in the Encoding Options popup a message will now tell you if the rendered file will be re-importable into Adobe software or not)
* PPro / AME :
– Individual audio tracks option Mac OSX bug fix
– You can now export audio in 4.0 ambisonic WYZX / WYXZ formats
– Filesize estimations for HAP codecs improved
* Misc bug fixes
* Using ffkroma 4.1-100 please update if you’re not using the Windows installer

1.5.1  –  Nov 26, 2018

  • Using ffkroma 4.1-84 and not using ffmpeg anymore, you can delete the old ffmpeg executable it if you want
  • All color shifts with ProRes codecs are fixed now, please update!
  • H264 / H265 : 8 bpc / 10 bpc, TV Range / Full Range, YUV subsampling choice (4:2:0 / 4:2:2 / 4:4:4)
  • H264 YouTube profile in .MP4 will render AAC audio now, please use .MOV that will generate WAVE audio so that Youtube has the best quality to re-encode after upload wink
  • PPro /AME: new audio layout to render all individual mono tracks separately, re-importable in Premiere Pro! “All Channels” layout are now called : “All : One Multi-Channel Track”, “All: Individuals Mono Tracks” and “All : Individuals Stereo Tracks” for more clarity
  • AE: alpha channel interpretation (Straight or Premultiplied) and Matte color are now saved into files and work when reimporting into Adobe software
  • New “Open target directory at the end of each render” checkbox in Settings tab (it won’t open the folder multiple times if rendering multiple times in the same folder, it will only bring the Explorer / Finder window on the foreground)
  • Hap codecs glitch bug fix
  • Memory optimization for very long renders

1.5.0 –  Oct 20, 2018

  • Updated for CC 2019
  • Our ffmpeg fork executable is now called ffkroma, don’t forget to update if not using the Windows installer! AfterCodecs needs at least version 4.0.2-93
  • HAP codecs improvements :
    • New Hap Q Alpha profile! Automatically selected when rendering “Hap Q / Hap Q Alpha” and exporting an alpha channel (“RGB + Alpha” in AE, the checkbox in PPro / AME)
    • Best quality: new HAP algorithms are equivalent in quality to original Vidvox / Quicktime algorithms
    • Faster compression: those algorithms were optimized with fast processor instructions, including AVX512 for recent workstations, and multithreading (up to 3 times faster depending on your content and configuration)
    • For Hap and Hap Alpha you have the choice between 3 methods of compression, each with their own tradeoff between speed and quality
    • Multiple By 4 Resolutions in HAP limit removed, you can now render any resolution you want
  • Warning on OSX: Adobe changed their way of interpreting AfterCodecs ProRes 422, it has now a color shift on reimport in Adobe CC 2019 (only), please use ProRes 4444
  • Unable to Undo (CTRL+Z) when using automatic AE RQ Comments bug fix, now this feature has its own submenu in “Composition” top menu under “AfterCodecs Settings”

1.4.2  –  Sep 21, 2018

  • AE: new option in Settings will automatically replace all Comments section of render queue items that are AfterCodecs renders by their respective AfterCodecs params (will happen each time you click the “Composition” top menu)
  • ProRes 422 not limited to even width anymore
  • Float licensing enabled
  • Bugs fixes