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  1. Node-based UI for effects.

    A node based environment, should be implemented esp for basic tasks like applying the same effect to multiple layers, alpha mattes, value parenting (like the current pick whip in the expression options), Anything that you can currently do using an adjustment layer (but would be selective), I'm sure many more uses. You could use it in tandem with the layer system, but would be an easy way to do these kind of tasks without copying and editing multiple instances of the same thing.

    62 votes

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  2. 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!

    58 votes

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  3. 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.

    55 votes

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  4. 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.

    55 votes

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  5. Edit/finishing timeline within After Effects.

    I've use AE as a finishing tool for about 10 years and have finished thousands of commercials within in it with clients in the room. It has the potential to be a world class finishing system up there with Flame/Smoke/Nuke Studio. All it needs is an option for a new non-linear timeline much like what is found in Premiere and that plays back from disk as I mentioned here https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911311-after-effects/suggestions/35022373-disk-playback-instead-of-ram I see this as an addition to the layered timeline, not to replace it. It wouldn't need a ton of edit features just so long as we can drop traditional…

    54 votes

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  6. 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!

    53 votes

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  7. No more ugly splash screens please.

    Whe we launch After Effects, it could be great if the splash screen would be:

    • Beautiful
    • Inspiring
    • In relation with After Effects, somehow.

    We're not just users, we're also artists, and our environment is very important to our creativity, we're always looking for new stuff, for inspiration.

    49 votes

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  8. Pin Layer like "freeze row" works in a spreadsheet, to keep it at the top or bottom/always visible

    I would like to be able to "Freeze" a layer in the composition panel, similar to how freeze rows works in spreadsheets, where it essentially "pins" the row to the top or bottom of the document. Or in this case, it would stay at the top or bottom of the comp window. Everything else continues to scroll normally "beneath" it.

    This would be a massive help for those projects many layers deep but you need to routinely focus on one or more particular layers while moving up and down though other layers and properties.

    It would also be a big…

    49 votes

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  9. Ability to hide Json warnings when structure changed.

    The ability to import Json files into after effects and link to that data has been extremely useful.
    However, one gotchya is we need to be able to suppress the warning that results when the structure of the JSON changes.

    IE When you have a simple json file that contains

    Example 1
    {
    "test": "what"
    }

    If you import that json file into a project, then modify the json file to:

    Example 2
    {
    "test": "what",
    "adobe": "after effects"
    }

    You will then get a warning "After Effects warning: The structure of the data file for the layer "test.json" has…

    46 votes

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  10. 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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  11. Exporting in AE Needs to Have Way Better GPU Acceleration

    Exporting in After Effects or In Media Encoder (From AE) Needs to Have Way Better GPU Acceleration like in the Premiere Update (when using H.254, HEVEC H.265 or Mov) that uses up to %100 percent of the GPU

    44 votes

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  12. 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

    44 votes

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  13. auto save during inactivity

    It would be great if auto-save had to option to save when x minutes of inactivity have occurred. Setting it to save every 20 minutes or so just interrupts workflow and always seems to happen at the most annoying moment.

    43 votes

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  14. Bits per pixel depth appied per comp vs globally

    It would be great to have pixel bit depth editable on a per comp basis rather than a global project-wide preference. This would be similar to the preference to appoint different 3D renderers and color spaces to comps.

    43 votes

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  15. 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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  16. RAM Preview not real time on MacBook Pro M1 Max

    I'm currently having to use After Effects 2021 instead of 2022 because 2022 will not RAM preview in real time. I'm running a brand spankin' new 16" MacBook Pro M1 Max with 64GB Unified Memory & 4TB of space. The system is screaming fast so this AE issue is evidently a bug. Please fix as soon as possible Adobe because AE 2022 looks amazing and I'm dying to dive in.

    41 votes

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    Hi all,

    Thank you all for your feedback on these playback performance issues. As you may have seen, the latest update to After Effects 2022 ( 22.3 ) brings native support for Apple silicon to the release version. While we are not considering this playback performance issue fixed yet, but we do need some clarity around the exact conditions that can cause the playback performance to degrade, given that it appears to have originally been reported against After Effects running under Rosetta. With that in mind, please do the following:

    If you have been running into slow previews while using After Effects 22.2.1 or earlier on Apple silicon under Rosetta, please update to 22.3 and see if the playback issues persist when you run After Effects natively. Let us know with a comment whether you continue to see any playback issues when running After Effects natively or under Rosetta.

    If…

  17. Automatically remove AME folder after render

    Automatically remove AME folder after render.

    Now when exporting from AE to Adobe Media Encoder, the folder get polluted by AME-folder.

    41 votes

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  18. Crop comp to layers bounds

    Add the ability to crop a composition to its layer bounds. Useful for when you pre-comp and don't want to inherit the original comp bounds, but use the layer bounds instead.

    Alternatively, add a pre-comp dialogue option to crop to layer bounds when creating a pre-comp.

    Similar to what this script does:
    https://aescripts.com/auto-crop/

    41 votes

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  19. 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.

    41 votes

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  20. Make All Effects 32bit Compatible

    I use After Effects for compositing my 3D renders, and I always export 16 or 32 bit EXRs, starting to use ACES. Unfortunately, many, many effects are still only 8 bit, some support 16, and some can do 32. If you don't want to lose me and many other compositors (at least those that are left), please update more effects to 32bit!

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