AFTEREFFECTS

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What’s coming next in After Effects and Character Animator

Today we’re giving you a sneak peek at the brand new features and enhanced workflows Adobe will showcase next week at NAB Show 2016. We’re announcing new features across our industry-leading collection of video tools.

Read this post for details about what’s coming to After Effects, or watch a couple snazzy videos:

 

Details about the next preview of Character Animator are also on the CC Blog.

Also, our blogs are changing! As workflows between products become more integrated, so too shall the blogs. We’re excited to announce a new section of the Creative Cloud blog dedicated to Video & Audio tools. Subscribe now to get updates on the latest news, interviews, and more about the Adobe Creative Cloud video and audio toolkit.

After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.2) bug-fix update available; fixes RED import on Mac OS X

The After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.2) bug-fix update is now available. 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.

This update is for Mac OS X only and is not available for Windows, because the bug with RED files did not occur on Windows. The most recent update for After Effects on Windows is After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1).

You can install the update through the Creative Cloud desktop application, or you can check for new updates from within any Adobe application by choosing Help > Updates. Please note that it can take 24 hours or more for all of our global data centers to receive the update; if the update isn’t available for you right now, please check back later.

For details of all of past updates for After Effects and other Adobe professional video and audio applications, see this page.

Please, if you want to ask questions about this update, come on over to the After Effects user-to-user forum, rather than leaving comments on this blog post. (It’s much harder to have conversations in the comments of a blog post.) If you’d like to submit feature requests or bug reports, you can do so here.

After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1) bug-fix update available: fixes Mac OS X 10.11 real-time playback issue and more

The After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1) bug-fix update is now available. 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).

Note: For Mac OS X only, a newer After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.2) bug-fix update has been released, which fixes a bug with RED (.r3d) files.

You can install the update through the Creative Cloud desktop application, or you can check for new updates from within any Adobe application by choosing Help > Updates. Please note that it can take 24 hours or more for all of our global data centers to receive the update; if the update isn’t available for you right now, please check back later.

For details of what was added, changed, and fixed in After Effects CC 2015 (13.7), see this page. For details of all of the other updates for Adobe professional video and audio applications, see this page.

Please, if you want to ask questions about this update, come on over to the After Effects user-to-user forum, rather than leaving comments on this blog post. (It’s much harder to have conversations in the comments of a blog post.) If you’d like to submit feature requests or bug reports, you can do so here.

The After Effects team is continuing to investigate other bugs for future updates, including problems that affect real-time playback of cached previews on all platforms. Please refer to this article for information about known issues.


bug fixes in After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1)


The After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1) bug-fix update addresses these significant bugs:

  • Real-time playback of cached previews on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) is no longer slowed down by drawing the preview-time indicator (PTI) in the Timeline panel.
  • Advanced color profiles (e.g., profiles for ACES, ARRI Wide Color Gamut, etc.) that were installed by the After Effects 13.6 update but removed by the After Effects 13.7 update are restored.
  • On Mac OS X 10.10.0 and 10.10.1, when you start After Effects it will notify you to update to Mac OS X 10.10.5. After Effects will crash after launch on Mac OS X 10.0.0 and 10.10.1. To avoid this crash, update to Mac OS X 10.10.5.
  • Image sequences import much faster, especially from network drives. See below for a more detailed explanation.

about fast import of image sequences


In After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1) image sequences now import much faster, especially from network drives.

Fast import of image sequences is controlled by a new option in Preferences > Import > Sequence Footage: Verify Individual Files.

Verify Individual Files is disabled by default. When it is disabled, After Effects skips a time-consuming secondary verification of individual image sequence files during import. This includes not resolving file paths of aliases or symbolic links (symlinks); aliases and symbolic link paths are still resolved when the frame is rendered. However, if an alias or symbolic link fails to resolve (e.g., drive is offline or the file has been moved), the frame will not be reported as missing at import.

If you encounter unexpected missing frames in an image sequence, enabling Verify Individual Files may avoid the problem at the cost of slower import speed.

volunteer to try a new rendering service for After Effects

We are seeking volunteers to try a new rendering service for After Effects. As a participant in this prerelease program, you will render your compositions using a rendering service and then tell us about your experience.

Click here to join the After Effects rendering service trial.

This trial is a private prerelease program. Everything in the prerelease program is confidential and may not be shared or discussed with anyone who is not part of the prerelease program.

Hello! After Effects has a new Product Manager

Hello, Victoria Nece here. I’m the new Product Manager for Motion Graphics and Visual Effects at Adobe, taking over for Todd Kopriva. Todd’s been a tremendous resource and a strong advocate for After Effects and this whole community. We wish him well on his new adventures.

Before joining Adobe, I was the Director of Animation at the Documentary Group in New York, as well as an independent author of scripts and extensions. I’ve been an After Effects user most of my life: I’ve been doing motion design, titles, maps, data visualizations, and all kinds of post production work for what feels like forever. In the last few years I’ve become a developer too, writing code for After Effects automation, motion capture, and workflow customization. After Effects has always been at the core of my creative work, and I’ll be bringing my perspective as a user to the job.

I’ve been joking that I talked about After Effects so much they decided to pay me to do it, but there’s more to it than that: my job is really to make your work life better. I know how After Effects can make some seemingly impossible tasks quick and easy and fun. I know how other things it does can make you crazy; they’ve frustrated me too, and I want to help ease some of those pain points.

Since I’ve come on board, it’s been exciting to see all the great things the After Effects team has in store for future releases. (More than a few “I’ve been wanting this for years!” features.) Character Animator is getting more powerful every day, too, and their roadmap promises lots of new ways to create fast, expressive animation.

I love this community. It’s full of creative, talented people with great ideas for the future of the industry, and I’m looking forward to meeting many more of you. I couldn’t be happier to have joined the team.