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  1. 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. See how it works

    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. See how it works

    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. See how it works

    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. See how it works

    Panel Integration support

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

  2. 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. See how it works

    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.

  3. 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. See how it works

    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. See how it works

    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. See how it works

    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. See how it works

    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.

  4. 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. See how it works

    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. See how it works

    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. See how it works

    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. See how it works

    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. See how it works


    Easily align edges, anchor points, and mask paths between layers when constructing complex objects with the new layer and mask snapping feature. See how it works

    Bicubic resampling

    Choose between bicubic and bilinear sampling for selected layers, which determines how pixels are sampled for transformations such as scaling. See how it works

    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. See how it works

    Sync Settings

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

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