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  1. AE CC 2019 Remove or Move Home Button in Toolbar

    In AE CC 2019, please remove or move the new Home Button in the toolbar.

    It's in the same place that the Selection Tool used to be. Having used AE for many years, I'm used to clicking that spot automatically.

    I'm not sure why the Home Button is the first tool in the toolbar now. I'll never use the Home Screen to access projects or create new ones.

    If the Home Button needs to be in AE somewhere, please move it out of the toolbar.

    158 votes
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      55 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Full program multi-threaded support

      After Effects would benefit greatly from being able to actually utilize all cores when rendering, rather than having to rely on a third party solution, like the excellent program Render Garden by Mekajiki.

      585 votes
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        189 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Label Colors for Keyframes

        Allow users to use the same label colors but for keyframes similar to markers. This would definitely be helpful for character animation to help organize different loops or cycles. Simply add a list to the context menu when right clicking on selected keyframes.

        300 votes
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          13 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Don't require track mattes to be above the layer it modifies (and also allow re-use)

          Requiring a track matte to be right above the layer it modifies seems like an archaic convention at best. Get rid of that requirement and make them like parent layers which can be anywhere and used by many layers.

          77 votes
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            9 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Open pre-comps as Folders / Groups in the timeline

            Folders and groups are the same concept—as the already existing "Pre-comp". The thought behind the "Pre-comp" is to “group” a set of layers. Rather than reinventing the wheel and making After Effects more complicated with added new features like groups and folders, we can improve the functionality of the "Pre-comp".

            Here is a demonstration of how that would work: https://vimeo.com/137312858

            Suggested Shortcuts:

            / = Split Timeline to show pre-comp. Only works when comps are selected.

            237 votes
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              15 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Expression Console

              Is there any way we can get a Chrome-like console for expressions? After a certain point, with a complex expression it becomes really hard to test for bugs as you have to basically run the same code on a text layer or some other property and rewrite the code just to get some sort of output for variables. Being able to have a console would be excellent (especially to inspect objects), but a great stopgap would be the ability to post a value to the info palette, like we can with scripting.

              Expressions were already important, and with Master Properties…

              56 votes
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                11 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Control timeline properties from the effects panel - Effects panel to Properties panel

                Camera layers, Lights, Sound, these layers will never have effects applied to them, why would we display an empty effects panel and waste AE screen real-estate, while it could be the perfect place to control the properties for these layers?

                Think about other properties like shape layers for example and how easy it would be to just control their properties in the effect/properties panel!

                Here is how that could work: http://www.sandervandijk.tv/after-effects-features/effects#property-controls

                225 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  Animation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • STOP BEING SO SLOW. Use multi CPU cores.

                  CC2014 is still by far the fastest version of your software. That is a joke.

                  46 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Disk playback instead of RAM,

                    I get that 20 years ago hard drives weren't the quickest and there was a limited choice in codecs so it made sense to playback from RAM. But now we all have SSDs and DNxHR exists I don't get why AE has not been re-written to playback straight from a hard drive rather than moving it into RAM first. It would be great for AE to playback from disk with a choice of codec and bit depth dependent on a users needs and system capability, much in the way that Resolve does with smart cache (see pic). Uncompressed I gather…

                    76 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • “option” + drag to duplicate keyframes and layers

                      In a lot of Adobe programs, you can hold "option" (on mac) and drag a shape or layer to duplicate it. Except for AE, this is however a very fast and interactive way to duplicate something that could even be applied to effects, keyframes, etc.

                      Here is a demo video of how this would work: https://vimeo.com/137401276

                      213 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add back rendering support for H264 codec directly out of AE

                        Around 2012 you removed the option for rendering a .mp4 file directly out of AE. Please add it back. The work around is to either render in a different codec and compress that in media encoder, or to launch the render directly from media encoder from AE (which is extremely slow and cumbersome, especially when you have large/complex project files). Not sure why removing functionality seemed like a good idea at the time...?

                        111 votes
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                          35 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Workspace Import/Export/Sync Options

                          Allow workspaces to be easily imported/exported/synced without the need to manually copy/paste workspace.xml files from the preferences folder every time a new machine or install is used.

                          129 votes
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                            8 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • BACKGROUND AUTO-SAVE, Auto-save should not interrupt your workflow

                            The title says it all. Auto-save should function in the background and NOT pop up with an annoying progress bar every time it runs. Gets REALLY bad on large project files when auto-saves take up to a min every single time.

                            Total workflow killer. Should be just like taking snapshots of your project in the background while continue working.

                            The dialog even pops up and steals focus from another app you're in.

                            134 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Onion Skin

                              You propably have people asking you that, but it would be just great to have a Onion Skin function at the Ae, so we could see some of the frames/keyframes before or even after. That could help a lot while doing some animation, effects and I think everything, couse you have a more wide view of what you are doing without needing a pre render

                              21 votes
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                                12 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Tapered Strokes

                                And generally more interoperability with Illustrator and support for the SVG standard

                                171 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Workflow & interoperability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve the expressions panel with basic scripting UI

                                  Revamp or make the AE Expression panel look more like scripting in e.g. Atom or Eclipse - with color-coding, auto-suggest, numbered lines, larger text size. Look to the plugin "Expressionist".

                                  153 votes
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                                    19 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • AE keeps crashing since update

                                    I did the update yesterday, everything worked fine, untill suddenly AE crashed. Since then it keeps crashing the moment I click on anything, no matter which project I open. I then get the following report:

                                    <140735969784704> <BEE_WorkQueue> <5> BEE_Project::TimestampGetNext ZANZIBAR-3: cannot produce timestamp, frozen=0, open=0.

                                    Any ideas how I can fix this?

                                    21 votes
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                                      15 comments  ·  Stability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Please add a taper effect/option to 'Stroke' as well as Shape Layer strokes.

                                      Please add a taper effect/option to 'Stroke' as well as Shape Layer strokes.

                                      It's such a simple request that has been requested for over 8 years. The ability to taper a stroke of any kind. Either from the "Effects & Presets - Stroke" or a simple Shape Layer stroke.

                                      32 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add composition's contextual menu “Reveal layer source in project panel” to customizable shortcuts.

                                        The new shortcut editor is great, but actions only accessible as contextual actions inside the composition panel are unavailable in the shortcut editors.

                                        It would be great to be able to add shortcut to those. Especially since 15.1 added a new level of context to “Reveal layer source in project panel”.

                                        143 votes
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                                          14 comments  ·  User experience/interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Separate Dimensions on by Default

                                          Add a toggle in Preferences for users to default to Separate Dimensions enabled rather than something that needs to be turned on for every object.

                                          It could fit really well right underneath "Default Spatial Interpolation to Linear" in the General Preferences tab :)

                                          152 votes
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                                            10 comments  ·  Workflow & interoperability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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