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Content-Aware Fill for video

Easily and cleanly remove unwanted objects, including boom mics, signs, and even people, from your clip. Powered by Adobe Sensei, Content-Aware Fill automatically fills the space throughout your clip, saving you hours of painstaking erasing or replacing objects frame by frame.

Expressions Editor

A new Expressions Editor makes writing expressions easier with line numbers, matching brace highlighting, and code folding. Customize your coding environment with syntax highlighting themes. Identify and fix problems quickly with in-line error messages.

Performance improvements

More GPU-accelerated effects include Roughen Edges and Change Color. Both now support 16- and 32-bpc color. Work faster than ever in Team Projects when using multiple assets
between team members.

Save guides to share with Premiere Pro editors

Load and save guide setups to reuse in new projects and share with Premiere Pro editors to set parameters for their sequence. 

Automatic font syncing

As you move from machine to machine or project to project, any missing fonts will automatically sync from Adobe Fonts, if available.

Expanded format support

RED debayering is now functional for Mercury GPU Acceleration (Metal) on macOS. Now you can import Sony VENICE X-OCN footage.

And more

Automatically enable frame blending and motion blur, and easily update legacy expressions to the new JavaScript expressions engine with a new script.

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Apple ProRes export on Windows

Streamline video production and simplify output with new export presets for Apple ProRes, including ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 formats, available on macOS and Windows 10.

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Advanced puppet tools for mesh sculpting

New Advanced and Bend pins let you precisely twist, bend, curve, and scale animations.

Native 3D depth passes

Generate a depth pass with the After Effects Classic 3D or CINEMA 4D renderer. Composite objects quickly and easily in 3D space. Apply depth effects such as Depth of Field, Fog 3D, and Depth Matte so elements look natural, or use depth data to simulate 3D looks.

Easier and faster expressions

A new JavaScript expression engine supercharges your animation workflow and processes expressions up to six times faster. Write expressions with a new editor that makes creating expressions more accessible.

Responsive Design – Time

Create motion graphics that can adapt to changes in length while preserving the integrity of protected keyframes. Export your designs as Motion Graphics templates for increased editorial flexibility.

Selective color grading with Lumetri Color

Take the guesswork out of curve adjustments with innovative new Lumetri Color tools for selective color correction. Each curve has two axes with paired values, making it easy to fine-tune colors accurately.

Display color management

Get accurate color representations and maintain color fidelity across your workflow, from After Effects to Adobe Premiere Pro and on rec709, rec202, and P3 displays.

Improved Motion Graphics template file exchange with Premiere Pro

Access, modify, or replace CSV and TSV spreadsheet data in Premiere Pro to create dynamic, data-driven templates. Group controls so it’s easy to find editable properties in your Motion Graphics templates. Unlock font settings to let editors change fonts.

Native Mocha AE plug-in for After Effects

Get fast, accurate, precision planar tracking with the GPU-accelerated Mocha AE plug-in. It’s updated with a simplified interface, includes retina/high-DPI support, and works natively inside After Effects.

Creating in VR 180, previewing in headset

Jump into immersive video with support for 180 VR. Add VR effects and work with 180 and 360 material interchangeably. Publish finished videos in the Google VR180 format on YouTube or other platforms. A new Theater Mode option allows you to preview rectilinear content in a head-mounted display (HMD).

Performance and GPU optimizations

New GPU- and performance-optimizing effects include Fill, Curves, Exposure, Noise, Tritone, Set Matte, and Color Balance. The Wave Warp effect is now multi-threaded and renders 2–3x faster by using multiple CPU cores. Experience faster H.264 and HEVC decoding on the latest macOS.

Master Properties refinements

Master Properties now enable more advanced workflows with support for Collapse Transformations, Time Remap, audio effects, motion blur, mask and shape path expressions, and 3D cameras and lights.

Learn panel

After Effects beginner? The new Learn panel introduces you to the timeline and controls via interactive tutorials to let you start creating your composition quickly.

Tighter integration with Animate and XD

Import Animate .fla files as layered compositions directly into After Effects. Send your XD designs to After Effects with high fidelity to add advanced animation or build them into your motion graphics projects.

Group invites for Team Projects

Invite groups and team members from your enterprise address book — without typing in addresses — for more efficient communications.

Format support improvements

Get better performance from Panasonic, RED, and Sony camera formats with the latest support.

Creative Cloud Library improvements

Drag and drop assets such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop files into your Libraries panel to quickly access your After Effects compositions. Share your libraries and assets with team members or export and store them with your project.

And so much more

Also includes easier ways to find GPU-accelerated effects, install scripts, and quickly enable or disable expressions.

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Streamlined graphics creation with Master Properties

Create multiple variations of a single composition with Master Properties. Choose properties like text, position, and color to adjust in context, without having to open a precomp to make changes.

Advanced Puppet Engine

Twist and bend layers with greater control and smoother deformations. Add pins to any shape, and the Advanced Puppet Engine adds mesh detail where you need it most.

Essential Graphics panel improvements

Add most timeline properties to the Essential Graphics panel, including 2D position, rotation, and scale. Export them as Motion Graphics template controls to customize your design in Premiere Pro.

Data-driven animation improvements

More easily import and use native data files (including JSON, CSV, and TSV) right in the timeline. A public API lets third parties implement other data file format support. Link properties to data more easily with the pick whip without enabling expressions first.

Performance and GPU optimizations

The Add Grain, Remove Grain, and Match Grain effects are now multi-threaded for up to 5x faster performance. GPU use is more efficient: Work with larger frame sizes without memory errors.

Open Motion Graphics templates in After Effects

Motion Graphics templates can be opened as a project in After Effects, retaining compositions and assets. Make edits and then save as a project, or export as a new Motion Graphics template for users of Premiere Pro.

Support for Adobe Immersive Environment and improved VR Plane to Sphere effect

Preview your VR composition the way it’s meant to be seen, in a VR head-mounted display. The Adobe Immersive Environment supports the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on Mac and Windows. An overhauled VR Plane to Sphere effect delivers higher quality transformations.

Video Limiter effect

Limit chroma and luma values to meet broadcast specifications. Apply to individual layers or to an adjustment layer to limit your entire composition.

Enhanced support for Team Projects

Enhancements include improved tracking of collaborators, better project management, and more.

And so much more

Also includes: A shortcut to quickly cycle through mask modes, the ability to automatically center shape layer anchor points, better disk cache management, and project organization improvements.
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Data-driven animation

Animate motion graphics, such as charts and graphs, using imported data. With custom schemas, third-party partners can write data that can be used by others to generate motion graphics.
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Immersive VR effects

Add virtual reality effects to your 360/VR videos without creating unwanted distortions at the poles or artifacts along the back seamline. Effects include VR Blur, VR Chromatic Aberrations, VR Color Gradients, VR De-Noise, VR Digital Glitch, VR Fractal Noise, VR Glow, and VR Sharpen.
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Immersive video titling and graphics

Instantly format graphics, text, images, or other video clips to look correct in 360 video.

VR Comp Editor

Using a view window rather than working directly with 360/VR footage lets you edit from the same perspective you see when the video is played back in a headset or on a smartphone.

Extract Cubemap

Convert 360 footage to a 3D cube formation to easily do motion tracking, remove objects, add motion graphics and visual effects, and more.

Create VR Environment

Automate the creation of necessary compositions and camera relationships to create a 360/VR authoring environment for infographics, animated sequences, abstracts, and more.

VR Converter

Easily switch between editing formats and export to a variety of formats, including Fisheye, Cube-Map Facebook 3:2, Cube-Map Pano 2VR 3:2, Cube-Map GearVR 6:1, Equirectangular 16:9, Cube-Map 4:3, Sphere Map, and Equirectangular 2:1.

VR Rotate Sphere

Easily adjust and rotate your 360 footage to level horizon lines, align viewpoints, and more.

VR Sphere to Plane

See your footage in a perspective-based view similar to what it would look like if you were wearing a headset.

Expression access to mask and shape points

Animate your graphics like never before. Link masks and shape points to other masks, shapes, or layers with expressions without animating frame by frame. Work with one or multiple points and control handles, and apply new data-driven features.

Enhanced 3D pipeline with Cinema 4D Lite R19

Work in 3D right inside After Effects with Cinema 4D Lite R19. Get Viewport improvements with enhanced OpenGL support and the updated Cinema 4D Take System; support for Parallax Shader, Vertex Color, and BodyPaint OpenGL; and the ability to import FBX 2017 and Alembic 1.6.

Performance enhancements

Render layer transforms and motion blur on the GPU.

Keyboard shortcut mapping

Find and customize keyboard shortcuts quickly using a visual map.

Helpful Start screen

Speed through project setup and jump into editing with a new, intuitive Start screen that includes easy access to After Effects tutorials.

Auto-saves in Team Projects

Check when auto-saves of your edits were made. Easily revert to a previous auto-save or create a new team project from an auto-save.

New font menu

Get font previews and select your favorites with filtering and search options.

Motion Graphics templates in Adobe Stock

Sell your Motion Graphics templates on Adobe Stock or share them with Premiere Pro users, who can use most templates without having After Effects installed.

And so much more

Also includes: Animated GIF export on macOS via Adobe Media Encoder and improvements to MENA and Indic text.
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After Effects (2017.2)

Essential Graphics panel

Quickly access frequently changed parameters and retain stylistic control of your compositions by packaging them as Motion Graphics templates in this new panel. Editors can change variables like text and color without changing the overall aesthetic, and your team can share templates via Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries.
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Camera Shake Deblur

Rescue unusable footage by removing camera-shake artifacts such as motion blur.

Lumetri Scopes panel

Evaluate and accurately color-correct your compositions using Lumetri video scopes, which include Vectorscope, Histogram, Parade, and Waveform.

GPU-accelerated effects and performance

Render Fast Box Blur and other effects more quickly for instant feedback on your creative choices, and get faster performance across the app.

Simplified effects organization

Effects that reference layers now include source masks and effects.

Support for high frame-rate footage

After Effects offers native support for footage with frame rates higher than 99fps.

Dynamic Link for Team Projects

Iterate faster using Dynamic Link in Team Projects and save Team Projects compositions back to After Effects.
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Expanded text support

After Effects now supports Indian language scripts and others that read from right to left, such as Arabic and Hebrew.

And so much more

Also includes: The ability to expand mask feathering for higher resolution footage, assign color labels to composition and layer markers, and more.
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After Effects (2017)

3D rendering engine

Improve rendering performance on your CPU and create elements such as extruded text and shape layers directly inside After Effects with the new 3D rendering engine that uses Cinema 4D technology.
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Easier collaboration with Team Projects

Collaborate and share sequences and compositions in real time with Team Projects (Beta). Features like version control and conflict resolution are built right into After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Prelude so teams can work better together. Available now for Creative Cloud for teams and enterprise customers.
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Real-time playback

Speed up your workflow by playing back most raw footage in real time without rendering or caching first.

Faster effects and interactive performance

Get rid of bottlenecks and work faster with more GPU-accelerated effects, as well as Dynamic Link improvements that eliminate intermediate rendering between Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Live Text template improvements

Package your compositions in a single file that allows users to easily share Live Text templates with Premiere Pro.

Character Animator enhancements

Make Photoshop and Illustrator changes to your puppet and update faster with improved Adobe Character Animator (Beta) performance. Switch easily between Character Animator, After Effects, and Premiere Pro using Dynamic Link.
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Typekit updates

With Adobe Typekit Marketplace, you can buy fonts from some of the industry’s biggest names and use them in your After Effects projects. Instantly sync your purchased fonts to your devices and bring them directly into your compositions.

Creative Cloud Assets improvements

Archive and restore all your assets stored in Creative Cloud, including the ones in your Creative Cloud Libraries, assets created with your desktop products, and mobile projects.

Shared templates

Make sure your team and freelancers are always working off the same page by creating your own new project template with set color guides and file structure, and sharing it in Creative Cloud Folders.

Date and time tokens

Keep track of multiple outputs from the same file by adding date and time tokens to your file name output template.

And so much more

Also includes: Better UI retina support, improved markers, scripting enhancements, Adobe Media Encoder export improvements, enhanced Time Remapping, a 360-degree preset for monoscopic equirectangular video viewing, and more.
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After Effects (2015.3)

Smoother playback experience

A new audio and video preview architecture lets you play back cached frames in real time with synced audio.

Faster app performance

Move faster when working in the Compositions panel or scrubbing through the timeline.

Accelerated effects

Render faster using GPU-accelerated effects such as Gaussian Blur and Lumetri Color.

More creative color tools

Isolate and adjust colors, balance whites, and make subtle shade adjustments with enhanced Lumetri Color tools. Create and apply new preset SpeedLooks in a single click.

Simplified Adobe Character Animator

Quickly tag puppet layers and record multiple takes of a character’s movement. Export faster with new Dynamic Link to Adobe Media Encoder. Control how each child moves with its parent using new puppet attachments.
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Motion Trigger and Auto Blink behaviors

Use Character Animator to drag your characters across the screen and have them automatically animate according to their movements.
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Faster importing

Import image sequences up to 10x faster over a local network or when using shared storage.

Improved Live 3D Pipeline

Export animated 3D text and shape layers to Cinema 4D for a more efficient workflow. Customize your elements and see them update instantly via Cineware.
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Better collaboration with libraries

Control assets in read-only Creative Cloud Libraries so they can be used by team members but not changed or deleted.

Updated Libraries panel

Find the right content faster with a larger Libraries panel and filtered search of Adobe Stock, as well as new icons that make it easy to identify licensed Adobe Stock assets. See the length and format of each video in your libraries and get links to video previews.

And so much more

Also includes: The ability to composite with native 8K and 6K footage, encoding with custom render settings, swiping across open panels with the Hand tool, and more.
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After Effects (2015.2)

Smooth Cinema 4D integration

Use Live Link to synchronize your timelines in After Effects and Cinema 4D (R17 SP2), and leverage new support for the Cinema 4D Take System.

Faster, more flexible rendering

You can now use Cineware to render Cinema 4D files saved with Sketch and Toon or Physical and Hardware renderers.

After Effects (2015.1)

Optimized for touch and small screens

Work on your After Effects compositions using multitouch gestures on devices like Microsoft Surface Pro. Choose and activate panels and workspaces, navigate between panels in a group, and pan and scroll in viewers for smaller screens.
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New video support in Adobe Stock

Choose from over one million royalty-free video clips to use in your After Effects projects. Build your compositions with watermarked assets that automatically update when you license them within the Creative Cloud Libraries panel.

Enhanced color workflows

Send Lumetri Color grading effects from Adobe Premiere Pro to After Effects and manage deep color workflows with profiles for ARRIRAW formats and UHD/HDR.

Adobe Character Animator (Preview), now with multitouch

Use your fingers to animate your character’s limbs on touch displays and record the movements. The Character Animator interface is now also available in German, Japanese, and French.
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Easy asset access from Creative Cloud Libraries

Drag assets from the Libraries panel directly into the After Effects Composition or Timeline panel.
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Adobe Capture integration

Use an iPad, iPhone, or Android phone to turn any image into a production-ready asset. Extract a color theme or Look, or create a shape or vector graphic, and then save the asset to your Creative Cloud Libraries to use in After Effects.
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And so much more

Also includes: Refined preview behaviors, new preview options, and more.
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After Effects (2015)

Adobe Stock integration for licensing images

Save time finding, licensing, and managing royalty-free stock images and graphics now that After Effects integrates with the new Adobe Stock service. Once you save an image to your Creative Cloud Libraries, it’s immediately available for use in your compositions and other creative projects.
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Your assets, available anywhere

Access and share important creative assets — like Looks and graphics — via Creative Cloud Libraries that are available in After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and Illustrator; mobile apps like Adobe Shape; and services like Adobe Stock.
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Uninterrupted preview

Adjust a composition’s properties and even resize panels without interrupting playback. Uninterrupted preview keeps up with your creativity.
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More accurate face tracking

The Face Tracker makes it easy to apply effects to select areas of faces. Use simple tracking to color correct or blur a face; track specific points to change eye color or mouth movements; or track measurements, such as how wide an eye is open. You can even export data to Character Animator.
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Easy 2D character animation

Give life to characters you create in Illustrator or Photoshop by acting out their movements in front of a webcam. Adobe Character Animator (Preview) tracks your facial movements, lets you record dialogue or a voice performance, and enables you to trigger actions with your keyboard.
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Customizable previews

Preview compositions, layers, and footage based on your experience and preferences. Choose intuitive default behaviors, create customized previews for different triggers, or revert to legacy preview behaviors with a few clicks.

Adjustable UI preferences

Navigate panels faster thanks to streamlined panel groups. Adjust the brightness of interactive controls to get the contrast just right.

Touch-optimized controls

In the first steps toward a more touch-friendly compositing environment, After Effects makes it easier to navigate between panels in a group by letting you choose and activate panels with touch-optimized controls.

And so much more

Also includes: Enhancements that save time when working with expressions, the ability to import JPEG 2000 files, and more.
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After Effects (2014.1)

Refined user interface with HiDPI support

A simplified UI puts the focus on your projects and delivers a more consistent experience across devices, including HiDPI Windows 8.1 displays.

Enhanced 3D Pipeline

Work with 3D elements faster now that After Effects includes Cineware 2.0 and offers Cinema 4D R16 compatibility, plus improved layer support.

And so much more

Also includes: More visible anchor points on layers, tracking behavior improvements, and more.
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After Effects (2014)

Keying effects

Preserve fine detail when keying compressed or poorly shot bluescreen or greenscreen footage. Use the Advanced Spill Suppressor to control the amount of green spill left in greenscreen footage.
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Live Text templates for Adobe 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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Adobe Color Themes integration

Create color themes using the Adobe Color Themes 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 Adobe 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.

And so much more

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 (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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Script enhancements

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

Settings migration

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

And so much more

Also includes: 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 (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.
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Flexible scaling options

Make every pixel look 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 Stabilizer 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 allow you to quickly work with extruded text and shapes. Inclusion of the NVIDIA OptiX 3.0 library improves performance and stability for the 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.

And so much more

Also includes: New properties in the Expression Language menu, rectified audio waveforms, enhancements to layers and mask path drawing, and more.
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After Effects (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 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 lets you 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 feature for missing fonts, effects, and footage

Never hunt for missing fonts, effects, or footage used in your comps again. With the new search feature, you can quickly identify and find missing fonts, effects, and other media in your compositions so you can easily relink them.
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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 includes: 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; a single command for purging both RAM and disk caches; and more.
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