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What’s New & Changed in After Effects CC 2015 (13.8)

After Effects CC 2015.3 (13.8) is now available. For this version we focused on performance, and how to make the things you touch everyday faster. From import to final render, we’re fine-tuning the experience of working in After Effects. A new preview architecture shares technology with Premiere Pro and Audition, and offers smooth playback and instant audio preview. We’ve begun accelerating some of our most popular effects using the GPU. New Maxon Cinema 4D export options offer a live roundtrip motion graphics workflow. (And don’t forget that Cinema 4D Lite is included with After Effects!) When you’re ready to export, tighter integration with Adobe Media Encoder means you can send queued render items with their render settings directly to the most popular delivery codecs.


This release also includes Character Animator Preview 4. Creating and rigging a character is faster and easier, with a new tag-based rigging system. Lip sync improvements and new Motion Trigger and Auto Blink behaviors offer new ways to add life to your characters. Blend multiple takes together, or perform live via Syphon on macOS.

For an overview of what’s new in all of the Adobe professional video and audio applications and services, see this page. For details of the updates for all Adobe professional video and audio applications and services, see this page.

If you’re a Creative Cloud subscriber, you can download the new version by checking for updates through the Creative Cloud desktop application. For information about purchasing a Creative Cloud subscription, see this page about plans and this page with current promotional offers.

Please, if you want to ask questions about these new and changed features, come on over to the After Effects user-to-user forum. That’s the best place for questions. Questions left in comments on a blog post are much harder to work with; the blog comment system just isn’t set up for conversations. If you’d like to submit feature requests or bug reports, you can do so here.

What’s new in After Effects? Glad you asked. The summary below will guide you through the changes; click on the title links to read about the changes in-depth.

  • Enhanced video and audio playback: After Effects CC 2015.3 (13.8) uses a new playback architecture to deliver real-time playback of cached frames with synced audio. The new architecture is shared with other Adobe applications, like Premiere Pro and Audition.
  • Effect rendering on the GPU: The Lumetri Color, Gaussian Blur, and Sharpen effects can now render using your computer’s GPU. This improves rendering performance for these effects by 2x-4x over rendering using only the CPU (depending on the frame being rendered and the speed of your GPU). GPU effect rendering is controlled via the new Video Rendering and Effects option in the Project Settings dialog.
  • Performance improvements: Many small changes under the hood include faster import and caching of image sequences, asynchronous drawing of viewer panels, faster opening of large projects, improved expression caching, and more.
  • Additional native format support: Apple ProRes QuickTime files can be decoded on Windows without needing QuickTime installed on the system. RED camera raw file decoding now supports RED Scarlet-W, Raven, and Weapon cameras, including 8K .r3d footage.
  • Lumetri Color effect improvements: The Lumetri Color effect can now render using your computer’s GPU, and includes new HSL Secondary controls and new SpeedLooks presets.
  • Gaussian Blur effect improvements: The Gaussian Blur effect has been updated to a new version. The Repeat Edge Pixels option from the Fast Blur effect has been added, and the effect can now render using your computer’s GPU. This version of Gaussian Blur replaces both the previous Gaussian Blur (Legacy) effect and the Fast Blur effect, which are still available but have been moved to the Obsolete category.
  • Add compositions to Adobe Media Encoder with render settings: You can now send compositions from the Render Queue to the Adobe Media Encoder queue with the options you choose in the Render Settings dialog. When you click the new Queue in AME button in the Render Queue panel, queued render  items are added to Adobe Media Encoder. Compositions will be rendered by Adobe Media Encoder with the render settings you chose in After Effects.
  • Read-only collaboration with Creative Cloud libraries: Assets in Creative Cloud libraries can be set to read-only, so they can be shared but not changed or deleted.
  • Libraries panel improvements: The new Libraries workspace makes it easier to search and add assets to your project. Find the right content fast using filtered search for Adobe Stock, display of length and format for Stock video, and links to video previews.
  • Scroll panel tabs using the Hand tool: When a panel group has more tabs than you can see at once, you can now scroll the tabs by panning with the Hand tool. For example, hold the spacebar key to activate the Hand tool, then click in the tab well and drag left or right, the same way you would to pan in the Composition panel.
  • Maxon CINEWARE 3.1: The latest version of Maxon’s CINEWARE plug-in includes bug fixes, enhanced OpenGL rendering, and scene coordinate matching.
  • Maxon Cinema 4D Exporter: The Maxon Cinema 4D Exporter now exports animated 3D text and shape layers into the .c4d file. 3D text layers can be exported as extruded spline objects that retain animation fidelity, or as extruded text objects that preserve the ability to edit the text in Cinema 4D.
  • And even moreMany additional small improvements, such as a Swap Colors button in the Tint effect, refinements to project auto-save, and many bug fixes.
Motion Graphics & Animation, Product Focus, Product Update

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  • By Alvaro - 9:32 AM on June 21, 2016  

    Any news on multiprocessing…?

    • By Dan E. - 10:04 AM on June 21, 2016  

      2nd Alvaro’s comment. Also, is AE moving towards GPU or CPU for performance?

    • By Michiel - 12:47 AM on June 22, 2016  

      I’m sure if there was any news you would be reading it here 🙂 But I’m also sure they are working on that, though we probably won’t see it until the next major version update (CC2016 (14.0)) at the earliest.

  • By rik bogusz - 12:21 PM on June 21, 2016  

    “Add compositions to Adobe Media Encoder with render settings”

    I’m trying out this new feature this morning. The settings in the AE render queue don’t seem to move to Media Encoder. I have quicktime .mov settings in AE, yetwhen the export appears in the queue in Media Encoder, the format and preset settings are the defaults i have set in ME for H.264 and .mp4.
    Am I missing something??

  • By Ed - 12:52 AM on June 22, 2016  

    What happened to Region of Interest? 🙁

  • By Richard - 1:30 AM on June 22, 2016  

    Can’t use the Export > “Add to Adobe Media Encoder queue” function anymore. Rendering from AFX has always sucked, and now this feature doesn’t work anymore. Reverting back to original AFX and AME 2015 until this gets resolved…

  • By Mick Sylvester - 5:35 AM on June 22, 2016  

    Latest version (2015.3) completely unresponsive with a large project that (fortunately) I recently finished. Unable to scrub the timeline EVEN WHEN CASHED FRAMES ARE AVAILABLE. This behavior is identical with and without mercury hardware acceleration enabled. Far from being an improvement in speed and stability as advertised, this would now be unusable if I was still working with this project. This is reminiscent of the problems encountered after the December update. What on earth is going on???

  • By dr - 6:47 AM on June 22, 2016  

    This update has been annoying the crap out of me all day with freezes, etc. Now the topbar has no minimize/maximize/close/move buttons or functionality so I can’t use it on two monitors.

  • By Bob O'Donnell - 1:22 PM on June 22, 2016  

    Upgraded today and rendered out a project via Media Encoder and the output added extra snippets of audio to the end of the file AFTER the audio clip was completely done in the timeline. Ticked me off. I should have known better than to update before my project was complete. This was the last video.
    What the hell?

    • By Coral - 2:39 PM on June 23, 2016  

      There is a bug in After Effects CC 2015.3 (13.8) where exporting your composition via Adobe Media Encoder may not render the audio correctly. Audio can repeat itself at the end. This is only a problem with audio, video is unaffected.
      Details:
      https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2171568

    • By Arkadiy Chumakov - 12:51 AM on June 24, 2016  

      Same for me

    • By Sandip - 2:30 AM on July 20, 2016  

      same here..
      i have problem in video too…

      • By Tom Hodgson - 3:07 AM on July 21, 2016  

        Exact same issue here, come on Adobe this is amateur

  • By Robert Dee - 2:46 AM on June 23, 2016  

    Not finding any speed improvements on my 27″ iMac (last summer model). Crawls now, spinning disk. A mess. A doc on recommended settings for performance would be useful, Adobe. Or at least a clear way of reinstalling the previous version.

  • By Luca - 9:39 AM on June 23, 2016  

    Geforce gtx 970M it’s compatible now???

  • By Jay Whitley - 9:22 AM on June 25, 2016  

    After the update,( from 13.7) my video preview is broken AGAIN, I’ve forgotten what I did to fix it. ( Slow playback problem ). Is this a new “feature”? Breaking the preview on every update? Is there a reliable fix or work around for this problem? iMac 27in , 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon R9 M290X 2048 MB

  • By sarmad alzoubidy - 11:27 PM on June 26, 2016  

    element 3D not working in this update ?????????????

  • By s - 3:49 AM on June 29, 2016  

    From what I can say by now, the update A) playback is not faster and B) Lumetri is still slow as hell. Still hope for more though.

  • By danny - 9:34 AM on June 29, 2016  

    Using 13.8 at work.
    When ever I solo, lock or press the eyeball of any layer in timeline it expands it to show me masks/transformations/effects /audio..
    Extremely annoying and I do not know how to turn it off. Can anyone help. My co-workers set up does not do it in the same 13.8 AE.

  • By Arvid - 1:48 AM on June 30, 2016  

    I have a problem where templates made for premiere do not work anymore. Especially rescaling lower thirds are really glitch with 2015.3 for me. Has anyone else the same kind of problems or is it just me?

  • By Esteban Diacono - 7:16 AM on June 30, 2016  

    Jesus, man. Another update with more problems than solutions. My Optical flares has become SLOW AS HELL. 1 layer comp with the effect applied and my twin GTX 980ti struggles drag the Position XY.
    STOP RUINING OUR TOOL.

    • By Matthew Melin - 6:30 PM on July 1, 2016  

      Amen brother. Adobe is showing their true colors, there is no money in customer service…

  • By Matthew Melin - 6:28 PM on July 1, 2016  

    How do we uninstall this awful 13.8 update and get back to the prior version to get some work done? We spend $600/year to use this software and there are no replies on any of these threads going back 10 or more days? Maybe Adobe should take a break from counting all of the money we are paying this monopoly and respond to your customers.

  • By chaney - 3:28 PM on July 5, 2016  

    The new viewer is not faster nor better than AE 2104 in my experience. But it is still much better than Nuke’s.

    One major bug of 2015 is that the mask updates are out of sync with the images. This worked perfectly in 2014.

    Any chance this will ever be fixed?

  • By garner - 10:39 AM on July 8, 2016  

    anyone else having issues with importing .png’s and/or .jpgs? AE 2015.3 is only importing .psd or .ai files and not still images.

  • By Paul Olson - 11:45 AM on July 19, 2016  

    2015.3 update. Every time I run after effects the dialogue box says after effects has stopped running. (crashes) I have uninstalled it and re-installed it several times and nothing is working. Any insight???

  • By Sandip - 2:27 AM on July 20, 2016  

    this version have so many problems.. I am already stuck with multiple projects and there is problem rendered video. Audio is inproper and video have issues too.
    Please fix it asap