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After Effects CC (2014)

Keying effects

Preserve fine detail when keying compressed or poorly shot blue-screen or green-screen footage. Use the Advanced Spill Suppressor to control the amount of green spill left in green-screen footage.
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Live Text Templates for Premiere Pro

Package your After Effects compositions as Live Text templates so Premiere Pro editors can change the text without changing the text color, motion, or lower-third background.
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Flexible masking options and Premiere Pro Interchange

Use masks to apply effects to specific areas of your compositions — no need for additional adjustment or track matte layers — and blend each effect individually into the original layer. Import masks from Premiere Pro via Dynamic Link for further refinement.
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Kuler integration

Create color themes using the Adobe Kuler app on your iPhone or in your browser, and then sync your swatches to After Effects for use in your compositions.

Mercury Transmit

Get full-screen previews of your composites on a separate monitor. Send previews over interfaces like HDMI from a graphics card without additional hardware.

Media Browser enhancements

Navigate your media locally or across a network via Adobe Anywhere, and access complex media types like P2 and XDCAM as media, not as nested folders.

Typekit integration

Access a variety of fonts from Typekit for immediate use in your After Effects projects.
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Panel integration support

Find and install plug-ins, extensions, training media, and other content via After Effects panels created by the developer community.

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Also includes: Faster performance in the Warp Stabilizer VFX effect; the ability to import Sony RAW footage from F5, F55, and F65 cameras; scripting access to render settings and output module settings; and more.
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After Effects CC (12.2)

Faster, customizable output

Reduce file management clutter and organize your images with new customization of output file name and path templates.

Improved snapping

Layer and mask snapping behavior makes aligning both 2D and 3D objects simple, without needing to calculate and type in values. Now snap items to shape paths, bounding boxes, cameras, and lights, and within shape layers.
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Scripting enhancements

New script enhancements make it possible to automate output to various formats by using scripts to change render and output module.

Migrate settings

Migrate your settings such as workspace, preferences, and keyboard shortcuts from pervious versions of After Effects CC to your current version.

And so much more

Also included: Bezier paths for shape layers; the ability to use the Reload Footage command with missing footage; a new maximum value of 200 for the Brush Size properties in the Stroke and Write-on effects; and more.
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After Effects CC (12.1)

Mask Tracker

Quickly create masks and add effects that travel throughout a scene, avoiding hours of manual adjustment. Draw a mask around an object and it follows the object across frames, automatically adjusting position, rotation, scale, skew, and perspective as it goes.
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Flexible scaling options

Make every pixel looks its best, with your choice of bilinear and bicubic resampling. Use the detail-preserving Upscale effect to maintain quality and sharpness when transforming SD footage into HD, or turning HD into digital-cinema 4K.
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Property links

Copy and paste an effect, mask, or other properties from one layer to another so that the pasted instance has a live link to the original. Changes that you make to the original properties are reflected in the linked instances.
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Faster Warp Stabilizer and 3D Camera Tracker

Analyze your footage up to 80% faster with new speed enhancements added to both the Warp Stablizer VFX and the 3D Camera Tracker.
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HiDPI content viewers for Retina displays on Mac computers

After Effects will now take advantage of a Retina display on a Mac computer to show each pixel of content in a viewer as a single pixel on the display.

Improved snapping

Layer and mask snapping behavior makes aligning both 2D and 3D objects simple, without needing to calculate and type in values. Now snap items to individual layers in a precomposition and to lines defined by a layer’s boundaries, even outside of the layer itself, making alignment easier.

GPU optimizations

Work faster with GPU optimizations. Enhancements in the ray-traced 3D renderer enable you to quickly work with extruded text and shapes. Inclusion of the NVIDIA OptiX 3.0 library improves performance and stability for the ray-traced 3D renderer.

Media Browser

Access and manage assets with this convenient, dockable panel. Quickly browse, open, and composite virtually any video format. Link to traditional movie, image, and audio files, as well as industry-standard storage media like P2 cards, RED, XDCAM, and ARRIRAW.

Adobe Anywhere integration

Collaborate on composites and animations with team members. Use the new Media Browser in After Effects to browse and open shared productions on the Anywhere server. Easily share compositions and media, and manage historical versions of shared work.

And so much more

Also includes: New properties in the Expression Language Menu; rectified audio waveforms; changes and enhancements to layers; changes to mask path drawing; and more.
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After Effects CC (12)

Live 3D Pipeline

Objects and scenes from popular 3D modeling and animation software CINEMA 4D can be used directly as footage inside After Effects CC without rendering first. This eases roundtripping between the programs and opens up numerous creative possibilities.
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Refine Edge tool

It’s the end of hard matte lines. Keep the details when separating complicated foreground elements like frizzy hair or motion-blurred edges from complex backgrounds. This means you can create natural-looking composites without keying specially shot footage.
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Track Optimization in the 3D Camera Tracker

The enhanced Camera Tracker in After Effects introduces Track Optimization which allows users to refine tracking points over time to gain more accurate 3D tracking in 2D space.
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Warp Stabilizer VFX

A major upgrade to the much-loved Warp Stabilizer, VFX lets you choose which objects in a scene get stabilized, reverse a stabilization, and preserve a scene’s original scale to fix tricky shots, like aerial fly-throughs.
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Search missing fonts, effects and footage

Never hunt for missing fonts, effects or footage used in your comps again. With the new search feature, missing fonts, effects and other media are easily identified and found within your compositions, enabling you to relink them easily.
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Snapping

Easily align edges, anchor points, and mask paths between layers when constructing complex objects with the new layer and mask snapping feature.
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Bicubic resampling

Choose between bicubic and bilinear sampling for selected layers, which determines how pixels are sampled for transformations such as scaling.
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Pixel Motion Blur

Add or enhance motion blur for moving objects in live footage and rendered scenes. You can use this effect to add realism, exaggerate movement, match shots, and make stuttery footage easier to watch.
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Sync Settings

Synchronize all workspace settings in Creative Cloud to make working across multiple computers or setting up a new computer easier than ever.

And so much more

Also included: New Send to Adobe Media Encoder queue commands; the ability to use the Adobe Media Encoder queue for H.264, MPEG-2, and WMV formats; the ability to purge both RAM and disk caches with a single command; and more.
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