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September 8, 2013 /After Effects /

Announcing After Effects CC October 2013 update (v12.1)

It’s hard to believe we delivered After Effects CC (12.0) just this June. Here we are just a few months later, and we are about to deliver another feature-rich update to After Effects that I think you will find hugely beneficial.

Then again, this is the power of Adobe Creative Cloud. In fact, our job developing and shipping After Effects has changed dramatically from trying to solely create “whiz-bang” features in the hopes that users will upgrade, to retaining you as a satisfied Creative Cloud subscriber. Don’t underestimate the power of that previous statement.

We are now able to focus on things like performance, workflow improvements, and enhancements to features already in the application — which you ALREADY use but would like to work better. Our motivation is simple: If you, our customer, cease to be satisfied on a month-by-month basis in what you need from the tools that you depend on, then you can cancel at any time. We need to satisfy you, the current customer, every month.

Here are a few examples of this in the October 2013 update to After Effects CC, version 12.1:

  • 3D Camera Tracker and Warp Stabilizer VFX analysis of footage is a WHOLE LOT FASTER.  It’s now fully multi-threaded, and we’ve seen results going from a 60% speed increase to in some cases 8 times faster analysis depending on machine and footage.
  • snapping and property links: significant advancements to composition layout and layer control for complex projects
  • HiDPI content viewers for Retina display on Mac
  • new mask tracker for simple tracking of masks
  • Detail-preserving Upscale effect: This continues on the theme we started with adding Bicubic sampling in After Effects CC (12.0). We hear loud an clear from you that scaling (especially with 4K and ultraHD coming) is very important.
  • The Cineware effect now allows connection to Sketch & Toon as well as the Cinema 4D Physical renderer for customers of Cinema 4D Broadcast or Studio
  • media management enhancements with auto-opening of folders in the Project panel, as well as an early preview of the Media Browser panel, based on the Media Browser in Premiere Pro
  • new cards added to GPU list for CUDA acceleration of the ray-traced 3D renderer, as well as a preference to enable the use of untested, unsupported GPUs for this feature

This is a very condensed list.  For a complete list of all new features, as well as details of each, please check out Todd Kopriva’s blog.

I am massively proud of our team and our product for what we have worked on and delivered over the last couple of months. But we are just getting started. Keep in mind my statement above about keeping you satisfied. With Creative Cloud, our job is to retain you as a subscriber. Obviously, innovation is important and new creative features are always going to be worked on. What I am most excited about, however, is the opportunity to FINISH features that have already been developed–to modernize, optimize, and expand the creative powerhouse that is collectively known as After Effects.


If you have a Creative Cloud membership, you always have access to the latest version of After Effects, so you’ll have access to this update as soon it’s released. Go to the Creative Cloud site to download applications 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.

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


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