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  2. Re-implement the Filmstrip (.flm-file format)

    The filmstrip file format (discontinued after CS4) offered a unique digital approach to direct animation, cf. Len Lye, Stan Brakhage, Norman McLaren. This was not the intended use of this technology, so I understand it's no longer relevant for compositing, but there is no other software that does what .flm could do.
    Currently, I'm using an AE-expression to get a similar result, but this proves to be very time consuming.So I still maintain an old Mac Pro in order to use the original, but sooner or later... As I'm using this for a PhD in the Arts, it would also…

    2 votes

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  3. Trim Paths on dots and dashes

    Using Trim Paths there doesn't seem to be a way to animate a dashed or dotted line on and off without the dashes moving. Say if you animate a dotted line on from left to right using the "End"...it works fine. It just adds the dots without them moving on the line. Then if you animate the line off from left to right using the "Start" all the dots start moving on the line. Could there be a checkbox to "lock dots/dashes in place"???

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  4. Make animation presets compatible with Essential Properties

    It would be amazing to be able to save and apply animation presets to Essential Properties. This would be a game changer for character animation. We could save frequently used poses or short animations as presets and apply them quickly.

    12 votes

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  5. Bug on boot

    After Effects is slowly becoming a nightmare to use. I now have to reinstall it after every restart on my Mac as all the plugins become unresponsive. I've tried cleaning Adobe completely but it does the same thing every time I restart.

    2 votes

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  6. Addition of Evolution/Phase to Zig Zag shape layer operand

    Addition of Evolution/Phase to Zig Zag shape layer operand. If the Zig Zag operand can create a variable number of ridges per segment of a shape, why can't the phase/evolution/offset of the ridge's starting point be adjustable?

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  7. Keyframe Hotkeys

    I use AE for character animation (because AE is weirdly much better for this than Adobe's app "CHARACTER ANIMATOR"), but it's very slow lip syncing by cmd+click to audio scrub the timeline, move down to the keyframe parameter, click, type the number, repeat every few frames. There should be a way to use some kind of modifier to minimise the amount of mouse clicks

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  8. A new type of Passive Pin for Puppet Pins

    It's always a hassle trying to "attach" Nulls or other layers to moving parts of a mesh with puppet pin.

    This could be solved simply by having a type of pin that doesn't have any effect of the mesh, it is just "attached" to it. This would allow the placement of Passive Pins wherever you need on you mesh, and then parent Nulls or Layers directly to it, and making them follow the deformations of the mesh.

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  9. Camera Morph like Maxon

    A tool/feature that creates a scene camera that animates smoothly between 2 or more cameras placed in the scene by the user. Could integrate controls for things like focus pulling, overshooting camera position etc. good opportunity to use ML or similar techniques to add life to the camera animation by referencing what experts have already created in film and motion gfx. not simply blending between the transformation values of the user placed cameras, but using them as place holders to direct the scene.

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  10. Tool for automatic proportional scaling when positioning layers in z depth in camera view

    I often have to animate illustrations I do in photoshop, and I very often use my layers to create a parallax animation to add depth to the scene. But it's a hassle trying to distribute the layers on the z-axis while keeping the original composition of the illustration, because the scale of every element becomes different and lose their proportions.

    It would be amazing to be able to keep the layers in proportion when pusingh the layers back in the 3D composition. Some scripts allow for that ( like pt_multiplane ) and it is existent in other animation programs like…

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  11. Warp Tool for Shape Layers / Masks / Paths

    A Warp Tool like the one in Adobe Illustrator would be a gigantic help and a powerful tool when working with Shape Layers, Masks or Paths.

    It would work like the way Warp Tool in AI does when both "Detail" and "Simplify" are turned OFF in the brush settings; ie. not adding or removing vertices (so that inbetweening of keyframes would not be broken).

    2 votes

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  12. Roving bug

    Create 4 key position images
    Activate Rove Across Time for the second one
    Move the last two keys into the Graph Editor

    BUG !
    The second key multiplies with each move

    https://youtu.be/h2LJ1bN6Viw

    2 votes

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    Thank you for filing this bug.


    I was able to reproduce this behavior and have sent this bug to our developers to evaluate.


    Note that this problem only occurs when:

    • You drag via the selection box in the Graph Editor view
    • One of the keyframes is adjacent to a roving keyframe.


    The problem can be avoided by clicking and dragging on one of the keyframes instead of within the selection box.

  13. "Select Equal Keyframes" needs to be hotkeyable

    This goes for "Select Previous Keyframes" and "Select Following Keyframes".

    There should also be an option for selection the SINGLE previous and following keyframe.

    I have many other ideas for making AE more efficient to work with, Adobe. You should hire me as a tester.

    1 vote

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  14. Would love to be able to freeze transformations when copying and pasting a shape.

    If a shape has undergone a bunch of transformations at different levels (shape, group, layer) it would be nice to be able to copy and paste the shape into a new layer so that it looks exactly the same as the transformed shape, but all values are now set to zero, as if it started that way. I think Maya allows you to do this.

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  15. Revamp the graph editor, make it like cinema 4d.

    Revamp the graph editor, it's been dated for over a decade.
    It's limited and a pain to work in.

    Give it the features, speed and flexibility like the graph editor in cinema4d.

    2 votes

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  16. Please create a shortcut for selected key shift to place on current time indicator

    Option+Right/Left arrow and Option+Shift+Right/Left arrow takes lots of time to shift selected keys

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  17. Give option to make Continuous Locking (Ongoing to Incoming) by default when keyframes are eased

    It could be great to add a button in the preferences panel for example to allow us to set eased keyframes on "Continuous (Lock Ongoing to Incoming)". Depends of project type but in animation, it's like mandatory to put this setting on if you want a smooth speed changes.
    To smooth the speed changes we need to move up and down keys and to stretch ankles, but by default ongoing and incoming points are not linked, and when you got hundreds or thousands of keys in you project, you can imagine the time lost in this “double click keyframe and…

    3 votes

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  18. Bring back the .flv codec

    The old .flv codec that was discontinued years ago is truly a revolutionary codec that can make a standard alpha animation that would normally range anywhere from 200MB to several gigs into less than 10mb. There is still television software like JVC that uses that old format. I understand that flash had security issues and other problems, but as for the codec, it was the only alpha channel codec that made picture perfect animations even smaller in size than most non-alpha codecs. There is no danger for hacking a movie file. For this reason, for internal performance of your own…

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  19. Graph Editor: Show tool tip for Speed and Influence on mouse-hover over curve handles

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    Make the box that shows Speed and Influence in the graph editor show up when I hover my mouse over a keyframe handle, not just when I click and drag it.

    When doing custom curves for keyframes in the graph editor, I will manipulate the handles on a keyframe to set the Influence factor I want. When going back to tweak a handle, it would be nice to be able to see what setting it is currently sitting at without having to either move the handle to check, then undoing the change; or right-clicking the keyframe and selecting Keyframe…

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  20. Slider commas and decimal places option

    I know you can use an expression but it would be nice to have more options in the slider for commas, decimal points, min to max and even a unit before or after the number.. (for us editors who don’t use AE that much!).. how about it?

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