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favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: file name and location templates, plus automatic creation of folders for image sequences

In the After Effects CC (12.2) update, we extended the output file name templates feature to include output paths. As part of setting up an output module, you can specify a folder in which to place the output file(s), and this can be a folder that After Effects will automatically create at output time. This […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: expression access to dynamic layer bounds, including text layers

In the After Effects CC 2014 (13.2) update, we added several scripting and expression enhancements to make working with text easier. My favorite of these enhancements is the addition of an expression method with which you can read the rectangle bounds of a layer’s content, including the corrected bounds of a text layer, for any […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: property links

We have talked for a long time on the After Effects team about adding a feature for “instancing” of effects, meaning that you would be able to drive multiple instances of an effect from one master controller. The more we talked about this, the more we realized that the right thing to do for maximum […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: expression error handling

One of my favorite changes to After Effects recently isn’t a flashy feature at all, but it’s a change that has already saved me thousands of clicks when dealing with expression errors. Beginning in After Effects CC 2015 (13.5), there are two major changes in what occurs when an expression fails to evaluate: Expression errors […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: command for moving anchor point to center of content

Every once in a while, we have a “JDI” (“Just Do It”) day on the After Effects team. During these days, members of the After Effects team compete to see who can make the best change to the application within a single day, where “best” is defined by greatest benefit to the population of After […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: Key Cleaner and Advanced Spill Suppressor effects

In After Effects CC 2014 (13.0), we added a couple of new effects for cleaning up mattes created with color keying effects: The Key Cleaner effect recovers detail from a scene keyed by a typical keying effect, including recovering detail from a keyed scene with compression artifacts. The Advanced Spill Suppressor effect removes color spill […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: compositing options for each effect, including effect masks

In After Effects CC 2014 (13.0), we added a Compositing Options property group in the Timeline panel for every effect, which includes a couple of very powerful compositing controls: By default, the Compositing Options property group includes an Effect Opacity property, which can be thought of as providing the same functionality as the Blend With […]

tip: adding a keyboard shortcut for the Time Reverse Keyframes command

Here’s a tip from David Simons, one of the original creators of After Effects: To change Command+Shift+R (Mac OS) or Ctrl+Shift+R (Windows) to run the Time Reverse Keyframes command instead of opening the fairly useless Rotate dialog box (which goes back to After Effects 1.0), do this: 1) Run After Effects 2) Open the Preferences […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: improved scaling with bicubic sampling and Detail-preserving Upscale effect

One important area of focus for us over the past couple of years has been improving how images are scaled in After Effects, especially since so many of our users need to be able to upscale images from SD (standard-definition) sizes to HD (high-definition) or digital cinema sizes. Beginning in After Effects CC (12.0), you […]

favorite features in CC versions of After Effects: new layer created above selected layers

Beginning in After Effects CC (12.1), most commands that create a new layer create the layer immediately above the topmost selected layer. If no layer is selected, then the new layer is created at the top of the layer stack. In previous versions of After Effects, most commands that created a new layer would create […]