AfterEffects CS3 8.02 Update is Ready (Includes P2 Support)

by David Helmly


January 22, 2008

The AfterEffects CS3 8.02 update is NOW available. To update, launch any CS3 application and go to the Menu option Help>Updates. The Adobe updater will scan your CS3 apps and start downloading. Once it starts downloading, make sure you close all of your web apps and any open Adobe apps. There are STILL EXPORT ISSUES WITH QUICKTIME 7.4.Hopefully we will see a quick update for QT from Apple as many AE users have been crippled by 7.4.For mac users the 8.02 update includes OSX Leopard support.

Read on to learn more about the 8.02 update …….

Welcome to Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional, version 8.0.2. This document contains late-breaking product information,updates, and troubleshooting tips not covered in the Adobe After Effects documentation.

Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional, version 8.0.2, allows you to natively import and edit content from Panasonic P2 equipment, without transcoding or rewrapping. Adobe After Effects supports the Panasonic Op-Atom variant of MXF, which is the format used by Panasonic DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, and DVCPRO HD video cameras to record to P2 media. For more information, see the "Import assets in Panasonic P2 format" section of Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional Help on the Web.

Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional, Version 8.0.2 also includes important fixes
(noted below).


On Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard), Dynamic Link didn’t work correctly in Premiere Pro when switching between UI and non-UI versions of After Effects.

● On Mac OS, clicking a folder alias in an import or replace file dialog box in All Acceptable Files or All Footage Files mode displayed a “Can’t import file” error

● On Mac OS, OpenGL and hardware acceleration used all VRAM on the GPU until the driver failed, causing display corruption of the OS and After Effects, or possible crash.

● On Mac OS X v10.5 on PowerPC with OpenGL enabled, received an error "composition too complex…" on NVIDIA GeForce 6800 graphics card.

● On Mac OS with OpenGL enabled and project in 32bpc mode, colors were dropped.

● PSD layers didn’t import properly from PSD files with layer groups.


● Crash when saving a project with a custom output simulation when output profile is the project’s working color space.

● On Mac OS with OpenGL enabled, better memory management on low memory cards.

● Fixed support for AJA’s QuickTime codec suite.

● When Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously was enabled, there was a significant pause >12 sec, on an 8 core, 16gb Mac between when RAM preview finished building and when it started playback.

● When you import a PSD file with vector masks inside layer groups using the import Composition – Cropped Layers/Layer size option; the PS vector masks are no longer offset from their original location.

● If you import a PSD file with Photoshop shape layers into After Effects 7, save the project, and then open that project in After Effects CS3, the masks created from the Photoshop vector masks are no longer scaled up to fill the composition.

● Linear light footage setting is now preserved cross-platform.

● When animating type to drift slowly, the tops of the type (when moving vertically) and side (when moving horizontally) of the letters were clipped on every other frame. Fixed. (45898)
● Low-end laptops that don’t meet minimum OpenGL requirements crash on quit in some cases.
● Adaptive motion blur for layers in collapsed compositions was based on the local speed in the composition, rather than the effective speed—so static layers only got two samples of blur even if the precomposition layer was moving fast in the containing composition.

● Preserve Underlying Transparency is no longer ignored when layer styles are applied.

● Layers that are inside of a PSD layer set no longer have the layer set’s opacity applied twice.
● Photoshop clipping group was applied twice on import.

● Layers inside a PSD layer set with a mode other than "pass through" were cropped to document bounds rather than reflecting layer data.

● Footage conformed to a higher frame rate left footage frozen on a frame before the end is reached.

● After Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously was enabled, After Effects CS3 would show high CPU activity evenwhen idle.

● QuickTime gamma handling scheme broke WYSIWYG color management workflow common to video users.

● QuickTime footage that imports with SDTV/HDTV profile will be assigned an sRGB profile on Power PC, or with the "Match Legacy After Effects QuickTime Gamma Adjustments" option checked on any platform.

● After Effects CS3 v8.0.2 fixes Mac OpenGL support for supported video cards under OS X v10.4.10 and v10.5. See also

● Multi-machine rendering rendering of Photoshop files failed with error "The Photoshop Library operation failed because the file name was not valid".

● Error occurred when using Increment And Save if the project was saved at the root volume of a boot drive.

● The current frame didn’t finish rendering if you switched away from application. Fixed. To enable this fix, please modify the preferences file and restart the application: [‘General Section’] ‘Allow Idle Application Rendering in 8.0.2’ = 01.
● Wav files listed as 24-bit 48 KHz played back as noise or highly distorted. Fixed. (46149)
● Camera raw files now display correctly after being adjusted in the Camera Raw dialog box on import if color management is off.

● Important bug fixes for encoding and decoding H.264-compressed content.

● On Mac OS, support has been fixed for Apple’s Uncompressed 10-bit (v210) codec when FCP Studio 2 is installed.

● Incorrect layout and functionality of localized PSD choose-layer dialog/radio buttons has been fixed.

● A mask path or shape path can now be correctly extended from its first point using the Pen tool.

● Decoding of PAL v210, UYVY, and 2vuy formats has been corrected.

● With Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously enabled, QuickTime footage was sometimes not included in rendering by background processes if any QuickTime footage was missing when the project was opened.

Known issues
● Layer blending modes and opacity are not honored for imported Illustrator CS3 files. Please set the blending modes and opacity in the After Effects composition in the Timeline panel after importing Illustrator footage items.
● When Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously is enabled, Save RAM Preview and Save Frame As > File render slowly because they do not used the cached rendered frames.

● Crash may occur with ATI x700, x800 graphics cards if the project’s color depth is 32bpc and Transparency Grid is enabled during OpenGL interaction. Please check for availability of updates.

● When you import or place a PNG file that was rendered from Adobe After Effects CS3 or earlier into Adobe Flash CS3 or Adobe Illustrator CS3 and earlier, the image is several times larger than expected. See also

● Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard): Crash when previewing per-character 3D text animation if the project’s color depth is 32bpc. Please check for availability of OpenGL support updates

● When importing a Photoshop file as a composition, vector mask blending modes are incorrectly set. Please set the blending modes in the After Effects composition in the Timeline panel as needed after importing.

● Launching After Effects CS3 v8.0.2 under Rosetta on Macintosh Intel hardware breaks P2 import. To reset the functionality, please delete the following file: ~/Library/Preferences/com.Adobe.After Effects.8.0.2.plist.

● Freeze or crash when you start on a system with Realtek HD Audio (Windows XP). See also

● Multiprocessing performance issues with multi-core machines, especially high-end 8-core hardware. When all 8 cores try to render a complex or memory intensive composition with Render Mutliple Frames Simultaneously, the application can become memory starved if each process has insufficient memory. To remedy this, there is a text preference to control the maximum number of cores that Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously will use. Open the text preference file and look in the ["MP"] section for: "MaxNumberOfProcesses" = "0". "0" is the default setting, which disables this preference setting. For better performance on an 8-core machine with 8GB RAM, for example, change the "0" setting Simultaneously to 4 cores, each getting approximately 2GB of RAM.

● For other performance tips using large dimension or complex compositions, see the "Improve performance" section of After Effects CS3 Help on the Web.