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After Effects CC (2014)CS6CS5CS4CS3
Keying effects
Live Text Templates for Premiere Pro
Flexible masking options and Premiere Pro Interchange
Kuler integration
Mercury Transmit
Typekit Integration
Panel Integration support
Scripting enhancements
Mask Tracker
Flexible scaling options
Property links
GPU optimizations
Media Browser
Adobe Anywhere integration
Live 3D Pipeline
Refine Edge tool
Track Optimization in the 3D Camera Tracker
Warp Stabilizer VFX
Global Performance Cache
3D Camera Tracker
Ray-traced, extruded text and shapes
Variable mask feathering
Conversion of Illustrator vector graphics to shape layers
Rolling Shutter Repair
New and updated effects
Avid AAF and FCP 7 XML file import with Pro Import AE
Improved integration with mocha
Warp Stabilizer effect
Camera Lens Blur
Stereoscopic 3D
Disk caching
Light Fall-off
Improved color LUTs
Native 64-bit OS support
Roto Brush
Refine Matte effect
mocha for After Effects v2
Searchable timelines and projects and easier nested comp navigation
Independent keyframing of x, y, z values, plus 3D compositing improvements
Compositions exported as layered projects
Integrated workflow for mobile device authoring
Mocha for Adobe After Effects from Imagineer Systems
Numerous interface and workflow tweaks
XMP metadata for asset intelligence
Shape Layers
Puppet tool
Per-character 3D text animation
Complete color management workflow
Enhanced performance
Innovative compositing and animation tools
Text and vector graphics creation and animation
Extensive visual effects
Timesaving tools
Comprehensive masking and keying tools
Powerful motion controls
High-fidelity color
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