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  1. Control timeline properties from the effects panel - Effects panel to Properties panel

    Camera layers, Lights, Sound, these layers will never have effects applied to them, why would we display an empty effects panel and waste AE screen real-estate, while it could be the perfect place to control the properties for these layers?

    Think about other properties like shape layers for example and how easy it would be to just control their properties in the effect/properties panel!

    Here is how that could work: http://www.sandervandijk.tv/after-effects-features/effects#property-controls

    292 votes
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  2. Shape Layer Repeaters with Selectors (the kind in text animators)

    Shape layers could really use some love. I propose that the same way we add selectors and properties to Text Layer animations, should be used for Shape Layer Repeaters.

    Draw a square, repeat it 10 times, now add a range selector with position and scale. think of the cool mograph type effects you could create with that system, The best part, is that Shape Layers and Text Animators are practically cousins, so I don't think it would be to hard to implement.

    Bonus would be to also have the same path options that Text layers have as well, imagined if…

    139 votes
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  3. Cel Animation Workflow

    Animate and Photoshop are great tools for cel animation but both lack the usability for modern motion design workflows that After Effects would provide. Adding support for photoshop-style raster animation in After Effects would bring this powerful technique into the right environment, and add features useful for unrelated workflows.

    To solve this, I propose the addition of a new Frame Paint Effect, which would would enable a fast, non-parametric way to paint into an effect. It would work like this:

    Photoshop brush engine
    - Painting pixels not strokes.
    - Focus on speed, quality and tablet pressure/tilt support, NOT editability.
    -…

    138 votes
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  4. Ability to mute Keyframes

    In C4D you can 'mute' keyframes - essentially this acts like deleting the keyframe except that a dummy 'reference' key is left there, perhaps greyed out, that stores the value(s) and interpolations it had before it was muted. Keyframes to either side behave exactly as if it was not there, until it is un-muted.

    79 votes
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  5. Option to quantize keyframes when time stretching with Alt key

    Time stretching with the Alt/Opt key is a great way to quickly adjust the length of an animation, but it almost always leads to subframe positioning of keyframes. There are plenty of scripts out there to fix the results of this problem (I use KEYboard), but it would be great if we could avoid this problem all together by holding the Shift key after we start Alt+Dragging. Shift would be in line with the existing behavior of snapping keys to other keys, layer in/out points, and marke

    58 votes
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  6. Separate the timeline and the curve editor

    It would be really helpful to be able to animate seeing both at the same time...

    41 votes
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  7. Fix Motion path bezier handles

    Fix the way motion path bezier handles work so it is more intuitive.

    No After Effects I don't want these two keyframes which are right on top of each other to move. I Just want them to hold in the one position.

    Example: https://imgur.com/a/li3eC

    39 votes
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  8. underline

    Text should have underline option

    31 votes
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  9. keyframe parenting

    I would love to be able to keyframe the parenting option. Sometimes you need a layer to be the child only for a fration of the time, than be released and continue with it's own animation: for example a charakter that lifts a cup, trinks and than puts it back onto the desk where it slightly slides into it's restposition.
    This is just one of many possible options where it would be nice to keyframe the parenting option. Right now it is only possible via a bit of expressions or a 3rd party script that uses a workaround but it…

    22 votes
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  10. Improve Shape Path Animation

    Would love for shape path animation to continue to improve.

    Create nulls from paths was a wonderful addition but I believe there could be a more elegant dedicated solution. One that perhaps has built in Bezier handle animation.

    Also it would be great to have options to set how shapes interpolate. With all the shape points simply moving from A to B in a straight line you end up with some nasty frames in-between. Perhaps you could tell after effects you want to try and keep path points from overlapping, keep path points a certain distance apart, retain a shapes…

    21 votes
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  11. Master Expressions

    When working with "index expression + a lot of layer duplication" you often have to change a tiny bit of code on multiple layers.

    What if you could link one expression to multiple properties?
    The result should be that on every single layer the same version of the code is being exectued. Changing the code of the master expression keeps the code of the child expressions in sync.
    Implementations could be done via the Essential Graphics panel.

    This feature would really help:
    - Developers of scripts & expressions
    - People who work on complex rigs
    - Experiental and procedural design

    20 votes
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  12. Add a Time Offset for the Shape Repeater source animation!

    We need Time Offset for the Shape Repeater. Not only the standard shape parameters. But also the animation of the source!

    18 votes
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  13. April 2018 15.1 AE CC Quicktime PNG compression; bring it back!

    Please bring back QT Codecs for After Effects Render Output

    18 votes
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  14. Bring back curve editors in the timeline stack

    A long time ago, AE had the ability to show and edit multiple, separate velocity curves in the timeline stack, just like C4D still does. The graph editor is really bad at showing your curves in the context of other properties' keyframes. Switching to this separate window always gives me a sudden feeling of disconnect and unwanted focus, which is usually not what I want when tweaking interpolations. I'd love to keep the graph editor around, I just wish we had the old method as well.

    17 votes
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  15. More text animation options

    It would very appreciate to have some of the text properties such as text font, size, fauxbold, fauxitalic, allcap etc accessible for animation, expression, mogrt, master properties etc..
    It would be also nice to be able to access every character properties by expression or scripting not only the first because for now if you try to get any of these infos by scripting you will only be able to know the attributes of the first character...

    17 votes
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  16. Gradient Along a Stroke of a Shape Layer

    Would love to be able to make the stroke of a Shape Layer a gradient. Even if it was just a two-color gradient from one end to the other, that would be great. If it could be RGB and Alpha, even better! The gradient could be oriented from one end of the spline to another, or along the width of the stroke.

    16 votes
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  17. Motion Sketch Audio Broken

    At some point you broke Motion Sketch so you don't hear any audio when you're recording. This is totally unacceptable and really messes up my workflow. Please fix it.

    16 votes
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  18. Restore the full support of the Animation Codec

    In the 15.1 release After Effects removed the support for the Animation Codec with delta frames. It continues to support the Animation Codec without delta frames. This is an option within the codec window to set keyframes and it is checked by default. I would ask that both the non-keyframe and the keyframe option in the Animation codec be restored. Many of us 3D animators use the codec in it's default mode (delta enabled) and it would be very time consuming to transcode all out work. Thanks

    15 votes
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    Thank you for filing this request.

    We have logged an internal feature request for adding support to the Animation codec for both encoding and decoding delta frames (a.k.a, the “Key frame every X frames” option). It is currently under review for future updates to the Adobe DVA products. At this time I can not share a timeline for when this might happen.

  19. Alt-pickwip for absolute expression values

    when pick-whipping for expressions you end up with relative links (there are some workarounds ofcourse) but it would be nice to use a key modifier like ALT/SHIFT to get absolute vlaues

    For example -

    Normal Pick Whip = thisComp.layer("myLayer").transform.position
    Alt Pick Whip =comp("myComp").layer("myLayer").transform.position

    12 votes
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  20. Über keyframes for tracked mask path animation

    When tracking a mask path or import a shape data from Mocha, keyframes are created in every frame. Further tweaking of the animation is nearly impossible because only a single keyframe can be modified. We need Mocha-like "über keyframes" to modify the whole shape animation or a group of keyframes.

    12 votes
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