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  1. Lock a composition's Work Area

    My animation team as well as myself, have been begging for this feature for a really long time. We are constantly, accidentally clicking on our Work-Area bar, offsetting a couple of frames on a few occasions, and then sending for render, only to discover our opening fade in is half-way through it's transition, or our end is now too long and we have content disappearing.

    We desperately would like to have the ability to right click on the work-area bar and select "lock". This would maybe put some strikethroughs over the range, similar to a locked layer in Premiere, do…

    32 votes
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  2. String Expression Control

    Not to be confused with the similar "Text expression control".

    I just want an expression control that is a string.

    Currently whenever we want to use a string like this we have to shove it into a textlayer and then it's textLayer.text.value.text or something because a textLayer value is a textDocument which has all the text attributes and whatnot

    I just want a string. A simple character array.

    Would simplify this textlayer workflow massively.

    it doesn't even have to be editable in the effects panel (IMO, though I'm sure people would ask for it eventually)

    28 votes
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  3. Align to Key Object

    The same function that Illustrator has would be amazing. Select two objects, click on the key object then hit align centre.

    28 votes
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  4. Scroll option for all drop down menus

    Just as fonts now, blending modes in Photoshop.

    Ability to scroll blending modes, effect parameters and other drop down menus with mouse wheel.

    Thanks

    27 votes
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  5. Stand alone graph editor window

    Undock the graph editor button from the timeline window and allow it to be a stand alone window in the workspace. Tired of clicking back and forth, back and forth...all day long

    26 votes
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  6. Text expression control

    I'd love to see a "Text control" option for expression effects, where it would add a blank text box in the effects panel that a user could enter text in to be used in expressions, along with properties for text layers for things like font, alignment, leading, etc. that could be controlled via scripting.

    24 votes
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  7. Bezier Paths: change handle size on mouse over (like puppet pins do in 15.1)

    When there are a lot of paths/shapes on a layer, with vertices very close to each other, it's always difficult to select one precise point/handle.

    Having a visual feedback BEFORE the click to select the points (and tangents handles) would help a lot their selection.

    24 votes
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  8. Option to hide guide layers when previewing

    Sometimes, we only need guide layers when working in the comp, but not when previewing.
    A "hide guide layers" option in the preview panel would be very useful.

    Also, an option to always hide guide layers from video feedback with mercury transmit would be logical, as what I want to see on the video control is the final image.

    With an animation workflow using controllers which are guide layers, those two options would enable to check the animation without seeing the controllers, but having them to manipulate stuff when actually animating

    23 votes
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  9. Show keyframe velocity in Timeline

    Everythink that can allow me to not go in the graph editor is a must have. I use a lot the duik script to tweak the velocity without going inside the graph editor.

    This small feature was suggested by sandervandijk.

    http://www.sandervandijk.tv/after-effects-features/keyframes#velocity-in-timeline

    One of the most used features is the "Keyframe Velocity" window. It shows the amount of easing that comes in—and goes out of a Keyframe. This is valuable information to know but right now it's hidden in the "Keyframe Velocity" window.

    It'd make a huge difference to get better access to this information—especially directly in the Timeline ( right…

    23 votes
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  10. Colorama color panel update please !?!?!?

    Colorama is so powerful; but the color picker suck.
    Just use the same picker as the rest of the Program, PLEASE.

    Why this color picker from the 80's, for a such a great effect?

    Also, we should be able to see live update in the composition panel

    22 votes
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  11. 22 votes
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  12. Change multiple compositions settings

    Allow us to invoke the Composition Settings dialogue when multiple comps are selected in the Project Panel, and apply changes to all of them at once.

    Parameters that have different values are denoted with a dash. For e.g. if you have selected 2 comps, 1 with Frame Rate set to 25, and one set to 30, the value shown is -

    That value is still editable and the resulting change will set both comps to the new value.

    If the value is left untouched, both comps will retain their individual settings.

    21 votes
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  13. Preserve UI Layouts

    One of the bigger frustrations I have with AE comes up when I open a project created by someone else, and the AE UI converts to THAT person's layout. I can think of 0 instances in which that would be of any use.

    I know I can go to Window->Workspace and call my saved layout back up, but why should I have to? Please change this behavior.

    20 votes
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  14. Toggle Show / Hide layer markers

    Having a toggle Show/Hide layer markers would be great. To hide (and show) a cluttered layer marker timeline.

    20 votes
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  15. Support for 125% text scaling in Windows 10

    Having upgraded from 1080p to 1440p monitors, the recommended text scaling for windows (125%) causes After Effects to render its UI text blurred/fuzzy. This is a big drawback having invested in better monitors, as the alternative is going back to 100% text scaling, which is incredibly small on my displays.

    20 votes
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  16. Visual project overview - Replace flowchart panel with larger version of the mini-flowchart

    Explanation of how this works: https://vimeo.com/137325297

    Should be as simple as introducing the ability to set default settings for the flowchart panel

    20 votes
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  17. Move/Nudge by 1 full pixel at any zoom level (as a preference option)

    Instead of moving half a pixel at 200% zoom level, 1/4 at 400%, etc. Have the option to always move 1 full pixel. A lot of people are animating interfaces these days and you just want to make things pixel perfect. The current work flow is horrible with always zooming back to 100% or drag the postion values to move elements.

    18 votes
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  18. Shortcuts to go to next/previous comp markers

    J and K work for layer markers, not comp markers

    17 votes
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  19. Make expressions independent from app language

    Since effects have different names in different languages (eg "slider control") expressions often throw errors if they were created on an installation with a different language than your own installation.

    As an example:
    Expressions I once created when I had AE set to German threw a bunch of errors when I loaded the project up after I changed the language to English, because the effect "slider control" is named differently in German.

    This should not happen ... expressions should always work no matter the set language

    17 votes
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  20. Dual-monitor setup now needs extra click when switching windows in 2020

    I am on AE 2020 on Mac OSX 10.13.6.
    I have a dual screen setup where my composition is on one monitor and my timeline is on another monitor. If I select a tool (like the mask tool) on the timeline monitor, I have to first click to 'activate' the composition window on the second monitor, and THEN start drawing a mask. I shouldn't need an extra click unless my switching between different software.

    I want there to not be a extra click to activate different parts of the same program. It messes up my work, when I don't realize…

    16 votes
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