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  1. Stop adding new features till the program works at an appropriate speed.

    I'm tracking footage as I write this. the entire file is just a single 4k video with two trackers. my cache is on an ssd, and I run a 1070 and 6700k intel chip. not the best, I know...
    bit it worked fine on 6k anamorphic video in 2016 when I made it. so now I get to say:
    what the hell adobe. how did you mess this up so much, the moment you went subscription?

    it's simple. after effects has become like 3DS max: buggy, cobbled together, filled with half-functional plugins, all with messy code and badly integrated, with…

    136 votes

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  2. Extended Viewer as an option to be enabled for 2D rather than only 3D

    The new extended viewer is a great addition to the program, nice being able to see outside of the viewer frame! It would be amazing if this was an option for a 2D workflow, there's definite benefits for being able to have vision of what's outside the frame

    A workaround for those who like this as well, you can create a simple 3D layer and hide it. It will allow you to still use the draft 3D mode to have the extended view enabled for your 2D layers. Not sure what impact it would have on performance though having 3D…

    35 votes

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  3. After effects crashes when importing PSD files with latest update (version 22.2)

    When importing PSD files the "importing selected items" popup gets lasts for a long time then After Effects crashes . Was working perfectly fine a few days ago.

    10 votes

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  4. Save location should be where I opened the recent project...

    There are few posts on this but I'm surprised it doesn't have more votes.

    It seems really counter intuitive and downright frustrating that whenever I open a recent project and go to save it, it automatically suggests the folder I used last, which could be a completely different project... not just simply where I opened the file from!?

    It's such a time sink having to manually dig through folders between clients and it's way too easy to accidental save files in the wrong projects.

    6 votes

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  5. Essential Graphics in Render Queue

    Exposing Essential Graphics/Essential Properties in the Render Queue would let us quickly render out variations of a single composition without having to create several copies of a comp within the project.

    I could see this as either a tab in the Render Settings dialog, or possibly an entirely new Render Item row that sits between Render Settings and Output Modules when a comp has properties in Essential Graphics.

    Bonus points if this Essential Graphics render item row could be scriptable or tie into CSV/TSV/JSON data. This would be great for automated headless rendering. (But maybe this is a separate feature…

    7 votes

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  6. Option to see if a layer has any other layers connected to it

    Before deleting a layer that looks 'un used' it will be super useful to be able to quickly double check if maybe some other layers are reliant on it because they are either parented or linked to it.

    When a project has many layers, especially if the project file has been worked on by more than one person, you sometimes don't know or don't remember if a null layer is actually being used, or an old version of a layer, that you switched off, is actually parented to a new layer (usually to save time reanimating stuff).

    It will be…

    5 votes

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  7. View Options

    Would love "Copy View Options" and "Apply View Options" as a Menu Item. This would allow batch updating view options across all comps.

    View > Copy View Options
    View > Apply View Options

    Should "Copy" the current Composition's Magnification Ratio, Resolution Factor, Fast Preview Pref, Transparency, Mask/Shape Visibility, Title/Action Safe, Proportional Grid, Grid, Guides, Rulers, 3D Reference Axes, RGB, Exposure, and all settings under View Options...

    Should "Apply" all the above to the current Composition, or all selected comps in the Project Panel.

    (If Mag Ratio > "Fit" or "Fit to Comp" are selected, don't just copy the zoom value…

    6 votes

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  8. Import and Replace Usage, but leave the comp

    When pre-rendering some preComps to speed things up or lock them in, I use the "Import and Replace" post render action.

    It would be great if the Comp that's being replaced was left in place, and the imported version just creates a duplicate of the layer, and the original comp just gets disabled.

    2 votes

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  9. Fix broken Prores import in AE 2022

    Hello,

    I have a strange issue since I updated to Macos Monterey (12.1) and the latest version of Adobe CC 2022. I use a Macbook Pro 14.

    When I import Prores files (tested with 444 and 444XQ), they show a strange color cast, shift towards green-cyan. They also show artifacts, banding,... When I apply the same LUT to a DNXHR file (444 12bit), the image is clean. I have the same result in Premiere.

    When I import both Prores and DNXHR files in Resolve and apply the same LUT, both are clean.

    There's seems to be an issue with Prores…

    6 votes

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  10. reveal layer in timeline (of selected object in Composition window)

    Control-click the selected item in the Composition window and choose "Reveal Layer in Timeline" to instantly focus the timeline to that layer.

    In a project with many layers it's sometimes difficult to find the selected layer without a lot of scrolling up and down the timeline.

    1 vote

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  11. illustrator import edge problem

    When importing an Illustrator file into After Effects, artwork that is 100% opacity comes into After Effects with less than 100% opacity along the edge of the artboard/composition, you can see the incorrect values in the alpha channel. Also the shape anchor point is no longer pixel perfect after import.

    1 vote

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  12. Add a method to set the project panel as active.

    'app.project.activeItem' is very limited since it can either be an active viewer or an active item on the project panel. There's a workaround for open comps with 'app.activeViewer.setActive()' to make sure you are on the viewer but there's no workaround for the opposite. There is no command to make sure you are operating with the selected project panel items.

    if I want to 'executeCommand()' on the project panel selected items, but the panel is not active. I'm basically defeated.

    2 votes

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  13. After Effects crashes when importing a photoshop composition when you have an AEGP file in the plug ins folder.

    An AEGP file is necessary to have in the AE plug ins folder to use State Sets with 3DS Max. Unfortunately, having the AEGP folder makes After Effects crash when importing a Photoshop file as a composition.

    3 votes

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  14. Curves on Masks

    HI, I currently create a new layer for every curve(s) I apply. I thought I may be able to apply curves to masks so I could have multiple curves (colours) in one layer. Unfortunately I cannot do this and I am guessing it is about the 'paths'. Is there or could there be a way to turn masked sections into layers - although this may increase file size. I become limited to only changing one colour (applied curve(s)) a layer so if i have 5 masks they are all the one colour where I want say 5 masks of different…

    2 votes

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  15. 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.

    37 votes

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  16. Reduce project deletes all files - Even files im using?

    What's the point of reduce project?
    If I use it it just deletes all my comps, solids and so on.
    In this case I have 3 comps that I use. They are open.
    I do have a lot of old junk that is not used in my project.
    I use the reduce function and AE just deletes all my files and give me an empty project? Am I using this function wrong?

    1 vote

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  17. Forensic metadata to be baked into every render

    When I come across a video clip that I created some time in the past, I may want to find out what project it came from so that I might be able to make changes to that clip and render out a new version. Currently there's no automatic way for me to know what AE project the rendered clip came from, and I have to rely on my ability to remember or to have named it a helpful name or to have place the clip in a folder that helps give a clue as to what project it belongs to.…

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  18. Per character text styling for AE-built .MOGRT in Premiere

    This has posed a serious problem for me recently. I spent a fair amount of time learning how to build out an animated lower third .MOGRT in AE so that I could just pop it into Premiere, tweak a couple sliders, input the text and have a nice banner where a scroll fades in/out & rolls/unrolls to reveal/conceal notes for citations and explanations. Since the content I work on is of an educational nature, there are tons of these banners, so streamlining the workflow in that way would yield serious benefits.

    Unfortunately, those benefits have been significantly impacted by the…

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  19. Photoshop Smart Object Support

    It would be neat if Photoshop Smart Objects worked in After Effects. It's basically just pre-compositions. I was surprised to see this wasn't already a feature.

    2 votes

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  20. Delete in Contextual Menu

    Sooooooo many programs offer a Delete item in contextual menus, I'm surprised AE doesn't have this.

    With your left hand on the keyboard and your right hand on the mouse, you have to make a leap across the keyboard to hit the Delete key. Delete a layer from the timeline, delete a layer from the Composition window, delete an item in the Project window, delete an Effect in the Project window, etc. could all use Delete in the contextual menu.

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