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  1. BUG: Cant paste text from other apps into After Effects

    Since the last update I cant paste text from other apps (browser, word, etc) into After Effects. Looks like AE doesnt recognize I have something in my clipboard. CTRL+V doesnt work, if I go to "edit" the paste option is greyed out.

    Using latest AE (v18.4) on Windows 10.

    If I revert to v18.2.1 everything works as it should.

    52 votes

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    32 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all,

    The AE team has identified how this is happening and are moving quickly to fix the issue.

    If you launch AE by double-clicking on an AE Project, or by right-clicking on a Project file and open it with AE, pasting from the clipboard will be disabled.

    For now, the workaround is simply to launch AE FIRST and then proceed to open whichever AE project you want to work with. Paste will then work correctly.

    Thank you all for your reports here. Please try out the Beta in the coming days as that is where a fix will first become available.

  2. aerender fails on Mac OS 11.4 with error -1701 "AEGetParamPt failed at line 918"

    in Mac OS 11.4, aerender fails. The rumor is it's a permissions issue, but it occurs despite all permissions granted to After Effects and Terminal.

    $ '/Applications/Adobe After Effects 2021/aerender' -project SHOW1154.aep
    aerender version 18.2x37
    PROGRESS: Launching After Effects...
    aerender ERROR -1701: AEGetParamPt failed at line 918
    $ /Applications/Adobe\ After\ Effects\ 2020/aerender -project SHOW1154.aep
    aerender version 17.7x45
    PROGRESS: Launching After Effects...
    aerender ERROR -1701: AEGetParamPt failed at line 918

    37 votes

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    25 comments  ·  Stability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Lock Workspace

    I think it would be useful to borrow the Lock Workspace feature from Photoshop for After Effects, esp with the wide use of so many scripts and CEP panels in many workflows. I accidentally pull off tabs or slide them around in my day-to-day use of AE, esp since I’m using a Wacom pen most of the time.

    I’m sure there’s some wrinkles to consider, esp when switching Workspaces while locked - do you prompt with a pop-up or automatically switch it?

    42 votes

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  4. Interface is Slow and Laggy

    Dear Adobe,

    Me again.

    Please stop everything that you're doing with the development of new bells and whistles and doodads and put all your resources and firepower into resolving the years-old issue of the Slow and Laggy Interface in After Effects. Seriously. It's been YEARS. I kept thinking, "ah, they'll fix it soon.." and hope for the best and I end up feeling like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football every time a new update for After Effects comes out. "Maybe they fixed it!" And it's still not fixed.

    When I contact Support I'm told, "the issue that you…

    170 votes

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    40 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. "V" shortcut does not work in AE 18.1

    After update to 18.1 the "V" key is not working to choose the selection tool.

    18 votes

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    12 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Separate Graph editor window

    A separate graph editor window from the keyframe timeline would be great.
    It's such a pain to constantly switch between graph and key frames.

    32 votes

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  7. autosave/save in background

    Waiting for up to two minutes and having After Effects locked while saving is quite frustrating. Illustrator, Premiere and Photoshop all enable a user to save while working. I'd really appreciate this being added to AE.

    74 votes

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  8. Disable keyframes from effecting animations

    Quite often when working with After Effects, especially character animation work, I will need to move a bunch of keyframes further away in the timeline so that I can add in an additional pose for example. This is made incredibly difficult as any new keyframe information that is added will try to move to the animation that has been moved further in the timeline. It would be incredibly useful to be able to select the keyframes and temporarily disable them so that you can focus on the new section of animation required then reenable the keyframes when the additional poses…

    30 votes

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  9. GPU should be used more especially when using shape in animations.

    GPU should be used more especially when using shape in animations.

    GPU utilization too low while working.I want you to use about 80% of the whole.

    GPUの使用率が低すぎるので70~80%ぐらいは常に使う様に処理を改善して欲しい。現状ではかなり使用率が低すぎる。

    450 votes

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    18 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. an indicator to show which expression engine is in use

    Currently there is no way to tell what expression engine is in use, without opening up the prefs to check. Using the legacy expressions engine causes annoying expressions errors, that can be hard to debug if you don't realise that the legacy expressions engine is running.
    An indicator (or switch) in the UI, maybe as part of the expressions editor would be helpful.

    11 votes

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  11. Add customizable tokens/properties to Render Queue

    It would be extremely helpful to be able to define our own render tokens somehow. We often have very long and complex filenames that string together common elements like "Project Code," "Client Name," "Project Name," "Deliverable Name," "First/Last Initials," "Version Number", "Language"

    It would be helpful to be able to define these somewhere in the AE project, perhaps as metadata, and then allow them to be used as render tokens/properties that can be used in the existing File Name and Location Templates.

    Sure, we can manually enter this information ourselves when we go to render. We could also rename our…

    30 votes

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    5 comments  ·  Workflow & interoperability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. "Track Matte" feature for the "Set Matte" Effect.

    CC composite is great for compositing its own layer over itself again, the track mattes is good for tracking an alpha/luma of a layer above itself.
    However, many times I'd like to composite, say an icon, over a circle shape - then animate each one independently (perhaps the circle scales up and the icon slides down to the centre of the circle), then, have the icon track the circles alpha channel so you only ever see the icon inside the circle.
    Set matte doesnt often work as you are manipulating transform properties, and set matte seems to only work when…

    15 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Bring back 1, 2, 4-View Interface!

    For some stupid reason... we can no longer see the 1, 2, 4-View option in the Composition Window. This feature has been changed where you MUST have 3D Track enabled in order to view this option. Whomever made that decision to update the interface with this newer work flow is an Idiot! CHANGE IT BACK! There was NO reason for this!

    11 votes

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    7 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    As of today, in After Effects Beta v18.2 build 9, the view layout can now be switched by going to the View menu > Switch View Layout. You no longer need to have a 3D layer in the comp to switch the view layout.

    We’re looking at other changes in this area. Please try the Beta build and let us know how these changes work for you.

  14. More love for 360/VR in After Effects

    since 2018, Ae has not been updated in relation to VR/360 workflows. Ae has limited VR effects and the VR Comp Editor workflow which is also very limited and delicate script and expression heavy process.

    Ae should have a spherical camera, mono and stereo. this would obsolete the stiching workflow of VR Comp Editor and it's limitations. 3d plugins like trapcode or stardust are very breakable, also all the 2d effects won't work properly without the use of 3rd party tools and even then it's very limited.

    these new technologies should not be left behind, there are great things motion…

    17 votes

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  15. After effects 2021 hangs on composition opening

    AE 2021 hangs when I load compositions in the project.
    If I move to a different composition or go inside a nested composition it doesn't matter - the program will hang - only force quitting will help.
    Makes this version unusable.
    I have older versions of AE and it works fine.
    I use macOS Catalina
    happens randomly on new projects as well as old ones.

    3 votes

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    Needs More Info  ·  13 comments  ·  Stability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. No more ugly splash screens please.

    Whe we launch After Effects, it could be great if the splash screen would be:

    • Beautiful
    • Inspiring
    • In relation with After Effects, somehow.

    We're not just users, we're also artists, and our environment is very important to our creativity, we're always looking for new stuff, for inspiration.

    41 votes

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  17. 31 votes

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    18 comments  ·  Workflow & interoperability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Improve "inline" styling of text via Expressions

    It would be great to not only be able to use the "getStyleAt()" method, but also implement something like "setStyleAt()" in order to style portions of the text separately.

    It would also help to be able to chain different styles together. Right now, it's impossible to do proper text styling with different style types programmatically. It would be incredibly helpful, especially for Templates / MOGRTs.

    7 votes

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  19. Preview is stuck in a loop and is unresponsive

    RAM Preview becomes unresponsive to clicks, spacebar, Num0, ESC, etc. Playback continues on loop and the only way I've found to regain control is to minimize/maximize AE or close the application.

    Build 17.0.4 Build 59

    153 votes

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  20. After Effects (and Media Encoder) RAM not freed after project closed (specially with javascript expression engine)

    UPDATE : This problem seems to happen mainly with the javascript expression engine (and not the legacy extendscript expression engine)

    Hi everyone,

    We've noticed a weird RAM behavior in After Effects 2020 (17.5.1 - Build 47) and Media Encoder (14.0.1 - Build 70). When closing and opening a project multiple times, After Effects’ RAM usage is continuously growing especially when the project contains expressions (even the simplest one). Closing the project and purging memory (and Disk Cache) do not reduce the RAM usage! The only way to make the RAM usage drop seem to be closing After Effects! The same…

    17 votes

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