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  1. "Track Matte" feature for the "Set Matte" Effect.

    CC composite is great for compositing its own layer over itself again, the track mattes is good for tracking an alpha/luma of a layer above itself.
    However, many times I'd like to composite, say an icon, over a circle shape - then animate each one independently (perhaps the circle scales up and the icon slides down to the centre of the circle), then, have the icon track the circles alpha channel so you only ever see the icon inside the circle.
    Set matte doesnt often work as you are manipulating transform properties, and set matte seems to only work when…

    24 votes

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  2. Using Gyro-Data as tracking data (e.g. from Sony A7S III)

    Newer Cameras like the A7S III record not only the Video footage but also gyroscopic data for stabalizing in their own Catalist Browse Software. Now when the camera has data to how it moves within a room, one could think about using this data to create an accurate virtual camera within after effects.
    So instead of software tracking in After effects it uses the actual Gyro-Data. This could be more accurate and way quicker than tracking.

    An iPhone app that does similar things is called CamTrackAR. I would love to see this elevated to professional cameras ;-)

    6 votes

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  3. Drop shadow, option to preserve underlying transparency.

    Often, I want product stills to cast their shadows on products down the layer index. But only on the parts that have pixels, to give the appearance of them being in close proximity (like an ambient occlusion pass). Right now the Drop shadow drops its shadow everywhere, regardless of what's underneath it.
    A checkbox option to only cast shadow on layers that have pixels would be swell.

    3 votes

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  4. Rotobrush 2.0

    The new Rotobrush 2.0 does improve the spline you draw or brush to outline what you need to separate from the background. However, in the latest updates, the propagation and freeze steps hang up on long frame scenes. After much searching on the forums other users have found we need to uninstall the updates for After Effects and go back to 18.1. I just did that and now Rotobrush 2.0 is performing naturally!

    2 votes

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  5. More love for 360/VR in After Effects

    since 2018, Ae has not been updated in relation to VR/360 workflows. Ae has limited VR effects and the VR Comp Editor workflow which is also very limited and delicate script and expression heavy process.

    Ae should have a spherical camera, mono and stereo. this would obsolete the stiching workflow of VR Comp Editor and it's limitations. 3d plugins like trapcode or stardust are very breakable, also all the 2d effects won't work properly without the use of 3rd party tools and even then it's very limited.

    these new technologies should not be left behind, there are great things motion…

    20 votes

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  6. Update for preview bug when at aspect ratio 6x pixels in height

    I am not the only one who is experiencing this. In version 18.4.1 of AE when you make a comp height size 64 pixels the comp goes black. No matter what you try it goes black. I installed an older version 17.5.0 and it works fine as it should. This has wasted so much of my time on a paid job for which I had to create a comp at 960x64 and it would not let me. What is worse is your so-called Technical experts told me that some ratios were not possible which was a lie as he didn;t…

    2 votes

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  7. Upgrade Roughen Edges effect.

    More in-depth, customizable roughen edges effect. Ability to apply effect to shape layers to get edges like Photoshop brushes. Maybe even use the stamp of a Photoshop brush to determine the texture and variation of the edge. Edge example from Photoshop attached.

    12 votes

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  8. Allow rotobrush to use more than one core by allowing user to rotobrush multiple frames

    Rotobrush should have the option of allowing me to rotobrush frames every certain number of seconds. For example if I have a 15 minute clip, I could rotobrush one frame for each minute of the clip. Therefore each of those minutes could be handled by a separate core on my computer. As I have 16 cores, each core would only have to process one minute of video rather than one core doing all the video sequentially.

    2 votes

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  9. Layer effect source

    When setting effect layer source, I would like to see this option:

    Source
    Masks
    Effects & Masks
    Effects & Masks & Transform

    I need this almost every time. Would save a ton of unnecessary precompositing.

    3 votes

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  10. Color correcting with region of interest

    Hi
    When color correcting skin tones, the region of interest would very useful to isolate image area. Only I just found out, Lumetri scopes show the whole image instead of the cropped area.
    A fix would be nice, please.

    2 votes

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  11. take matte from another comp layer

    all effects containing the option "take matte from layer" should allow to take the matte from another comp layer.

    this would allow AE to be a much more powerful compositing app

    1 vote

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  12. Bring back vector paint

    It would save a lot of time, especially when you want to create a brush stroke effect on texts, instead going through making the path, masking it, and animating the stroke, why can't we just draw with pen tablet and turn it into animation?

    It was available in CS3 so I don't know why we don't have it now.

    1 vote

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  13. Allow to move layers away from 3d camera POV without changing in size

    When compositing existing designs, illustrations, photos, videos to animate camera movement with depth in 3d space:

    It's a pain to scale each layer individually to compensate for the changing apparent size from camera view.

    It would be much preferable to have a simple way to temporarily "lock" the scale of the layers whilst moving them back and forth on the Z axis.

    I saw this feature in an iPad Software called Mental Canvas (see screenshot). The layer automatically scales proportionately to compensate for distance from the camera. So from camera POV it always remains the same relative size.

    I think…

    1 vote

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  14. Gradient: Align to Layer

    I know it's relatively easy to lock/align the start/endpoints of a gradient to nulls or even just relative to the position parameter via expressions, but a simple check box in the Effect > Generate > Gradient Ramp effect that locks the start & endpoints to the layer instead of the composition would be nice. This feature already exists in the Layer Styles > Gradient Overlay, but I don't always want to use the Layer Styles and would rather use the Graident Ramp effect. Thanks!

    1 vote

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  15. Allow Set Matte effect to see/respect transforms

    If I want to use a layer as a matte using Set Matte, AE won't recognize any transforms (position, scale, etc) that I've done to it within the comp. It will only see them if I precomp the layer, adding more complexity to the file, and causing other issues.

    Instead of just the option to use Source, Masks, Effects & Masks, can you add transforms? Maybe instead of the pop-up selector, you could have checkboxes, so the user could choose what combination of modifiers they want to use.

    7 votes

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  16. Update the Add Grain effect to use GPU and 32-bit

    I need to apply grain frequently in my work to clean plates I’ve created, and it needs to match the 6k/4k HDR plates I’ve been provided. I prefer Add Grain to Match Grain, as it’s quicker and more accurate for me to manually set it. Because of the size of the plates, and the lack of GPU acceleration in this plug-in, it’s the main bottleneck in my rendering speed, plus 32-bit would help with color fidelity. Obviously, multiframe rendering would be great, too, but I would at least love GPU acceleration to start!

    7 votes

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  17. bug report - layer panel

    AE 2021 - The Layer Panel no longer displayers Motion Path handles for Effects or Motion Tracking. This is a major hindrance when animating and tweaking Effects paths or analysing Motion Tracking problems. See attached comparison from AE 2020 and AE 2021. I have also tested this in AE Beta and the problem persists.
    I am trying to attach jpg examples unsuccessfully.
    Here is a more detailed description:
    AE 2020 >Layers panel displays >Effects motion paths with editable bezier handles; and for >Tracking Motion paths
    AE 2021 Using the same settings, the >Layers panel does not display any handles for…

    1 vote

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  18. Frequency Spectrum logarithmic

    It would be awesome if the Generate -> Audio Spectrum effect would allow the user to switch between showing from the current Linear scale it always uses for the amplitude of the sound to a Logarithmic scale. For example, see this video we made in After Effects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXbR6YZL8gg

    As you can see, the amplitude difference between 0dB and -6dB uses twice the distance on the screen than it does between -6dB and -12dB. If the user could switch the amplitude scale from Linear to Logarithmic, we'd be able to display a spectrum visualizer that shows more of the quieter audio…

    1 vote

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  19. Add a "Random Array" expression control

    Having a random array expression control would be incredibly useful in tons of scenarios. The control could have options for min and max, how many values the array contains, a timeless checkbox, and some kind of math input (in my case I'd choose "sum" and enter "100").

    1 vote

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  20. Effect Masking Compositing Options

    Compositing options for effect masking (which I use a LOT) need A. to have the normal mask apply modes at every instance, so the main mask could be set to None, but where it's applied to an effect, be set to Add Inverted (for example). AT LEAST have the Inverted switch, dammit! I'm tired of having to maintain two identical sets of masks for Add and Subtract modes. B. The Compositing Options controls need to ALSO appear in the Effects Controls Panel below each effect, mirroring their timeline setting.

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