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  1. 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...?

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    We are very happy to announce that starting with After Effects (Beta) 23.0x11, H.264 is now available as an option in the Output Module Settings dialog allowing you to encode to H.264 directly from the AE Render Queue.

    More information on the Beta builds and rendering H.264 is available on the After Effects (Beta) forums: https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects-beta-discussions/feature-focus-exporting-h-264-from-the-after-effects-render-queue/td-p/13117618

    Thank you for all your input on this. Please give the Beta a try and let us know how this feature is working for you.

  2. Split this forum into BUG REPORTS & FEATURE REQUEST sections

    Why is this site combining Feature requests AND bugreports together.
    I can't even filter Requests from bugreports.

    At least a filter would be nice to have!

    Thank you

    272 votes

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  3. 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

    180 votes

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  4. align 3D layers

    Align 3D layers. Distribute them, etc. That's it really.

    157 votes

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  5. Opt-out of the installation of Cinema 4D R21 when installing After Effects

    Add a checkbox or something to allow users to opt-out of the installation of Cinema 4D R21 when installing After Effects.

    I already have a valid perpetual license for Cinema 4D R19 Studio. R21 is pointless as it only allows me to use a trial license or purchase a license. The application is useless for those who already own a commercial license.

    To make matters worse, I must uninstall it every time there is an update for After Effects. Quite frankly, I consider it bloatware. It useless and it wastes space on my hard drive.

    I understand that there are…

    125 votes

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  6. I want to be able to bring photoshop and illustrator information as it is

    Import Layer style, Adjustment layer, Appearance, text editing features from Photoshop and Illustrator when .psd and .ai files are imported to After Effects

    イラストレーターやフォトショップからpsdやaiファイルを読み込む際に調整レイヤーやレイヤースタイルなどの情報をそのまま反映させるようにしてほしい

    :例
    Ps
    ・調整レイヤー
    ・レイヤースタイル

    Ai
    ・アピアランス

    など

    117 votes

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  7. Convert illustrator text layer to live text layers

    by right clicking a photoshop layer you can have it become a live text inside AE please do the same for illustrator files

    113 votes

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  8. Want to place Anchor points to specific locations (up/down/left/right) or short cut key to locate them

    Want to place Anchor points to specific locations (up / down / left / right) or short cut key to locate them

    I want to be able to easily switch the position of the anchor point of a shape or text layer to the center or edge etc.

    テキストシェイプレイヤーのアンカーポイント の位置をデフォルトで簡単に中央や端に移動できるツールを実装して欲しい

    102 votes

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  9. Allow the user to hide the panel headers

    Allow the user to hide the panel headers. Instead of the first unnecessary line of text, squeeze it into a small square on the side or corner of panel. Need for scripts panels. Now a lot of space on the monitor is spent on the headers of the panels. This is a completely unnecessary information that can be deleted. The user must decide for himself.

    87 votes

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  10. Color Emoji support

    We mock up tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts daily for our newsroom and color emoji fonts simply don't work in AE.

    We have to go find each individual emoji as a PNG, import it manually and sync it up with our text animation.

    Having emoji support would be a big deal for us. And I'd argue it's necessary in today's social media obsessed world!

    75 votes

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  11. Modern 3D Realtime Engine (GPU) for VFX and Motion Graphics

    After Effects finally needs a competitive 3D Realtime Engine (GPU) for 3D compositing and virtual workflows of the future. The Link to Cinema is too slow, complicated and unstable for simple 3D compositing tasks. So it needs something like "3D Elements" on steroids and native in AE.

    Dranging some 3D Assets into AE, add some effects, tweak and light them, is a must have in 2022. Compositing, Motion Graphics and VFX are not only 2D/2,5D! - they happen now also in 3D and Realtime!

    What this new real time 3D Engine needs:
    - 3D Geometry Support (import/export)
    - PBR Shaders…

    64 votes

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  12. Support OpenType-SVG fonts

    OpenType-SVG fonts are already supported in Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign and it would be great to have them in After Effects as well!

    61 votes

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  13. Remember output folder for every project

    My life would be days longer if After effects was able to render to the same folder the project rendered to last time instead of switching to the last place chosen regardless of wether it was a different project file (which makes no sense to me)

    Having to work quickly on multiple projects in the same timeframe leaves me with scatterer render files that swell the hard drive and take an age to sort through down the line.

    56 votes

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  14. The ability to choose which font After Effects uses to replace "missing" fonts.

    It would be great to be able to choose which fonts After Effects uses to replace "Missing" fonts when a project is opened. Indesign has this feature already for a point of reference.

    56 votes

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  15. Add a unique identifier to properties (and layers) accessible via the scripting API

    When scripting, we sometimes have to be able to "store" a property to do something later with it ;
    For example, very often, scripts use the "comment" property of the layers to store data like this.

    The problem is: there are only three ways to get a property:
    - the matchName, but there can be a lot of properties with the same matchName
    - the name, but it can be changed by users, so it is not reliable
    - the index, which can be changed by users too.

    This is very problematic, especially for Effects, or Shapes content, and the…

    45 votes

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  16. I want Japanese and English expressions to be the same

    I want Japanese and English expressions to be the same

    Internally want to make sure that the effect names and shape layer names do not match in the Japanese and English versions of AE

    When trying to open aep across languages, an expression error appears and it is difficult to use

    An example
    en = sulder control jp = スライダー制御

    日本語と英語のエクスプレッションを内部的に同じ扱いにして欲しい。言語を跨いだワークフローだとエクスプレッションエラーを発生してしまうため。

    42 votes

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  17. Use shapes or masks for text box

    A way to customize the shape of paragraph text, similar to how you can have text fill a shape in other Adobe programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign.
    This would be an improvement over exporting from one of those programs into AE because you could then edit and/or animate the text easily.

    40 votes

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  18. New Shape Layer 'Expression Repeater'

    How about a new type of Repeater for shape groups that looks pretty much the same as the existing one, except that values in it's Transform properties are not applied cumulatively, but rather have their expressions evaluated individually for every copy of the shape?

    So if I add a random expression to the repeater's Position property, I get a bunch of randomly positioned copies. Ideally we'd get expression access to something like repeaterIndex (like textIndex in text layer expression selectors) but even without any new syntax it would be amazing. I can already imagine making a growing vine which automatically…

    39 votes

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  19. Color picker or eyedropper picks incorrect color from CC Library AE2019

    BUG report:
    Color picker or eyedropper picks incorrect color from color swatch in CC Library AE2019.

    37 votes

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  20. No glyphs?

    A glyphs panel would be an amazing addition.

    35 votes

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