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After Effects CC (12.0) is now live

It’s with great pleasure that we can release to you the amazing work that has gone into After Effects CC (12.0).

There are a ton of new features alongside the big ones (Cineware, Refine Edge, and Warp Stabilizer VFX) that have been covered quite bit.¬†Snapping; EXR / DPX format updates; finding missing fonts, footage, and effects; Pixel Motion Blur… These are just a few that come to mind.

Check out several blogs posted by our team’s own Todd Kopriva to get the full and complete details:

Also, check out these fantastic tutorials for folks new to 3D using the new integration with Maxon Cinema 4D by Nick Campbell (Greyscale Gorilla).

If you have a Creative Cloud membership, you always have access to the latest version of After Effects. Just go to the Creative Cloud site to download it now or to sign up for Creative Cloud.

For information about purchasing a Creative Cloud subscription, see this page about plans and this page with current promotional offers.

After Effects CC represents the first release of many for After Effects under the Creative Cloud banner. I have been watching and participating in a passionate debate from all points of view on this new method of releasing our software to you. To those of you currently (or about to become) subscribers, I thank you for your business.¬†I firmly believe you won’t be disappointed.

To folks who are still considering your options, I look forward to hearing what you think, and how we can best earn your business. We as a team are just getting started taking advantage of a whole new way to develop, test and deliver software you depend on.

For more information about Creative Cloud, see this overview video and the Creative Cloud FAQ list.

By the way, if you’re just getting started with After Effects for the first time… Welcome! You should start here to learn the basics of After Effects.



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“To folks who are still considering your options, I look forward to hearing what you think, and how we can best earn your business.”

In that case, I have an idea that will fix everyone’s problems. No, really, I firmly believe this will be the best solution for the long run.

In short, the idea is to sell the CS just like always, forever (even if it’s just downloads), and sell CC as a “Premium Membership.” One would buy a CS first, then pay for a “Premium CC Membership” which has all the perks and benefits that CC currently touts. A possible added benefit to this membership is that if one decides to cancel it (after a certain time frame, say two or three years), they receive the most recent CS release, to keep.

The CS releases would be an amalgamation of all the best CC updates that took place since the last CS release. This would ensure that Premium CC Members would be ahead of the curve with their real-time updates that they are paying for.

This benefits all concerned, because those who want immediacy, online storage, broad software access, etc. etc. get it… because they choose it. Those that don’t want those things don’t get them… because they choose that. And of course Adobe benefits from a bunch of happy customers continuing to buy their product (which is not a service, despite claims to the contrary) instead of bailing out because of lack of choice and ownership.

Here’s the catch: Adobe would need to put in a little bit of extra work at CS release time to bundle the CC updates into a single CS download. And that’s it! Done.

What do you think, Mr. Forde?

    I appreciate the thought and passion you have put into your suggestion for sure. Please know that it has been heard.

    I can say that our move to CC only was researched for years, and that all pros and cons were heavily debated. What you suggest was most definitely in that debate.

    There are so many ramifications (most above my pay-grade!) to each variation of the model that we chose the model that we felt was most healthy for BOTH our customers and Adobe as a software company.

    That being said – listening to you our customer is very important and don’t take this as ‘we are not interested’ in hearing your ideas. In fact – hearing from customers what they wanted and how they wanted it is kinda how we became a software company in the first place. So please – keep it coming.


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