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  1. Lock layers together in the timeline.

    It'd be great if there was a way to lock layers together in the timeline. There is often, if one layer needs to be moved in time a bunch of others need to be moved. Being able to just click on one of the grouped layers in the time to move would be way faster.

    9 votes
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  2. Pickwhipping property "Scale" of "Transform" effect causes inconsistent expression errors

    When pickwhipping anything to the "Scale" property of an effect "Transform", it causes an expression error to appear stating:

    "property or method named ‘Scale’ in Class ‘Group’ is missing or does not exist. It may have been renamed, moved, deleted, or the name may have been mistyped"

    However after changing the value of said "Scale" property, the error disappears. The same error then appears again each time project is loaded up containing such expression that was pickwhipped to the "Scale" property. (containing code: "effect("Transform")("Scale")" )

    I am reporting this as a bug. Hopefully I explained the case clearly.

    2 votes
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  3. Allow manual substitution of missing fonts at startup

    A common problem I have is when a font is missing, and currently, on startup there is only the option to find it on Adobe or accept the default font. It would be so helpful if you could select a font in the list and manually choose one from your system fonts to use instead. Otherwise you are stuck with the default font through a potentially large project.

    Another common example which happened this morning is that I have Futura Bold installed, but the project I've been sent says Futura Bold is missing (as the spelling is different) - if…

    7 votes
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  4. There is getting Photoshop 3D into after effects and being able to manipulate inside AE. How comes we haven't got this functionality yet. U

    Hi,
    One major issue I have with After Effects is getting Photoshop 3D/Materials into after effects and being able to manipulate inside AE on 3D Plane. How comes we haven't got this functionality yet. Users have been asking about this for years. I have been asking about this for about 3 years. I know there is Cinema 4D which deals with 3D Layers but I just don't understand how you own 3D functionality doesn't work between apps but you have an outside companies 3D Applications work on there but not your own products. That one I will leave up to…

    2 votes
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  5. Preview with alpha background

    Hello,

    In the After Effects composition settings, it is not possible to have an alpha background. Example in attachment.
    I would like to have this feature to launch a preview with alpha.
    An alpha preview, would play the alpha on a video device that works in compositing. Example in attachment.

    thanks you for attention.

    10 votes
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  6. After Effects 17.0.1 visual preview/render glitches

    I have preview and rendering issues, both in After Effects 17.0.1 or rendering from AE to Media Encoder.
    I reverted to AE 17.0 and the glitches are gone.

    The glitchy part is on the fire portion of the frame, which is a composition when I use a free fireplace footage which is overlapped 3 times across the frame width.

    I tried:
    - Disabling Fast Render preview
    - Rendering using CUDA
    - Rendering using Software
    - Rendering using OpenCL
    - Re-rendering the original footage (the FIRE footage shown) into a high quality MP4 using media encoder to discard possible format problems…

    2 votes
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  7. RTL Language Issue (Arabic)

    It seems that there are a lot of hoops to jump through when working with languages that are in the RTL form.

    Specifically I'm trying to update a video to Arabic translation and when I paste my text, it comes in backwards.

    I've updated my Type prefs, using Adobe Arabic, updated to the latest version of AE (17) and have the correct paragraph direction selected.

    I ended up finding this sort of work around, but I have to copy/paste text from the PDF I have, to the website. Then copy/paste the text from the website to my AE file.

    While…

    1 vote
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  8. AE file opens with correct version by default.

    What if instead of waiting for AE to load--only to tell you that it's the wrong version--the project being opened recognizes the various versions of AE on the system and automatically selects the one that will work?

    2 votes
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  9. Actually address and fix user issues instead of ignoring them and adding new features...

    Users are constantly bringing up the problems they experience with After Effects, yet instead of focusing on fixing the problems with the software, you go and add new features that a small subset of the user base actually uses...Then you build forums like this where we can post our issues only to have them continue to be ignored.

    There are a ton of problems with after effects, and we (the user community) were told that the "cloud subscription" model would allow you to focus on fixing things instead of new features of a yearly release. Well, here we are 7…

    12 votes
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  10. Implement "System Layout" (as in Ai) in the Character's Panel

    Using Adobe Fonts such as Source Han Sans seemed very tempting. But with Japanese, I've found that the self-contained space Japanese period and comma are supposed to have after them, disappears. Something similar happens with spaces which are way smaller than they should be.

    Looking around I saw Adobe Illustration has an option named "System Layout" in the Character's Panel that by ticking it the issue gets automatically solved. It'd be great to implement this, and not only for Japanese but I'm sure it will be nice for Chinese and any other typeface with similar issues.

    29 votes
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  11. 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...?

    223 votes
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  12. Make a new start with innovative young people that have some visions for the future!

    AE has missed every important innovation or trends in compositing of the last 10 years.

    So, change the old team, make a new start and rework the hole core of the old lady! Its already five past twelve!

    1) make it multicore (we will get 64 cores very soon!)
    2) design a competitive, GPU based 3D engine and workflow with the guys form C4D ... only for "simple" tasks (basic deform/modeling, projection mapping, 3D stereo, point cloud i/o(like VDBs), deep comp, raytrace lighting and shading...) but in real 3D and with all importand i/o options.
    3) Rework and open the…

    4 votes
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  13. Can we have Text Underline option in after effects.

    Can we have Text Underline option in after effects. As we have to add line manually to underline particular text and it's time consuming. All the other Adobe software have that feature except AE.

    1 vote
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  14. Mix text styles on text expressions

    I'm very fond of the new text expression access but we are limited to 1 style per text layer. We could be able to mix text styles in the same layer.

    I attached an example.

    2 votes
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  15. Output image sequence counts from frame 0 even though the in and out point of the work area is further up ahead.

    Bug probably ? Normally, when I render frame 300 till 600.Output files are named accordingly. Right now, in CC2020 it always counts the image sequence from frame 0, thus making partial renders overwrite files you don't want to.

    2 votes
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  16. Ability to lock comps from the project panel.

    Instead of having to go into a layer and lock each layer, it'd be great if you could lock a comp (ie put a restriction type of tag on it) from the project panel to prevent any changes to it.

    1 vote
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  17. After the latest update, my double click stopped working in after effects.

    I can't go in my compositions because my double click stopped working in after effects. This also happens when i try to import layered files. Double clicking won't work.

    1 vote
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  18. Turn After Effects into a plugin, scripting / extensions compiler

    I don’t know what’s the end goal with this software and if it’s about to be doomed or not by competition in the future due to lack of innovation. It’s pretty frustrating that users these days have to rely on so many third party plugins, scripts and extensions to get basic things done. I hate that direction that adobe choose to take, but if you’re already going there and not going to change the software from the ground up, it would be cool if after effects would be able to convert projects and expressions into plugins (where the whole comps…

    2 votes
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  19. Option to hide Clone Stamp brush stroke paths and anchor points WITHOUT disabling the stroke itself.

    Similar to the Show/Hide layer controls option in the View menu, it would be very helpful to be able to hide the Clone Stamp's anchor and brush stroke path while editing. It is sometimes impossible to change a clone's position accurately in real time. One has to constantly select, the deselect a given brush stroke to see if the results look good. This is especially a problem when keyframing a clone's source position and transform position to, for instance, paint out scuff marks over a long time.

    Granted, one can open the layer panel side by side with the Comp…

    1 vote
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  20. Access Gradient Fill values with expressions and keyframes on shape layers

    I would love to be able to access the color control values of Gradient Fill layers with expressions. Right now, you can access the start and end points, but you have to click into "Edit Gradient" which feels very oldschool. And while we're talking gradients, I would love to be able to keyframe the color values of a gradient as well. While I could accomplish this effect with a gradient ramp effect, this means that every shape will need to be on it's own layer, and I'll have to create a bunch of custom expressions to connect the control points…

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