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After Effects CC (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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Drag and drop 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 CC 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 CC (2015)

Find the perfect image or graphic for your project

Save time finding, licensing and managing royalty-free stock images and graphics now that After Effects CC 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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Preview without interruptions

Adjust a composition’s properties and even resize panels without interrupting playback. Uninterrupted preview keeps up with your creativity.
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Track faces with greater accuracy

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 Adobe Character Animator.
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Easily animate 2D characters

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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Preview the way that works best for you

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.

Adapt the UI to your preferences

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

Use 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 CC (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 CC (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 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 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 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.

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 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 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, allowing you to 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 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; a single command for purging both RAM and disk caches; and more.
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