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  1. Add an icon to adjust both dimensions of multidimensionnal properties at once in the timeline

    It would be very handy to be able to click and drag for both dimensions of multidimensionnal properties (or spatial properties only?) in the timeline (like positions), using both axis of the mouse.

    This could be done through an additionnal icon, to keep the current behaviour on individual axis (see screenshot example)

    In case the property has three dimensions, this icon could be used to adjust only X and Y.

    This would make it easier to work with layers while hiding layer handles, allowing us to quickly move the layers without selecting/clicking in the viewport.

    Working with hidden layer handles…

    32 votes

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  2. AE CC 2019 keeps crashing

    I didn't experience any immediate problems after updating to the new version, and I was actually excited about it. However, today the problems started. I was masking a layer, when all of a sudden AE crashed and I got this error on my screen "<140735526355840> <BEE_MiscTasks> <5> Set Artisan Task: Classic 3D". Tried googling but couldn't really find a solution for this specific problem. Running AE on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inch, Mid-2015) with OS High Sierra 10.13.6. Now, when I try to open the project the app keeps freezing.

    32 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.

    32 votes

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  4. Global Color creation in After effects

    The ability create a global color and assign it to different items in your comp so you can make color revisions fast. On creation would automatically generate a chip in the color pallets, it would have a special marker to say it's live in the preview.

    32 votes

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  5. Camera Lens Blur Effect : GPU Accelerated Please!

    I use the Camera Lens Blur effect often, because it's awesome for creating realistic Depth of Field- when you plug a depth matt into it.
    This can be a Zdepth pass from a 3D renderer, or you can just paint one up in Photoshop to use on motion tracked matt painting work.
    Or mock up a simple instagram 'tilt-shift' treatment with a couple masks in a precomp (attached 4k example AE Project)
    It's the most sophisticated spatial blur in the AE toolbox, and it is super CPU intensive!
    Vote this up to get on the list of GPU accelerated Effects…

    31 votes

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  6. 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)

    31 votes

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  7. Disable keyframes from effecting animations

    Quite often when working with After Effects, especially character animation work, I will need to move a bunch of keyframes further away in the timeline so that I can add in an additional pose for example. This is made incredibly difficult as any new keyframe information that is added will try to move to the animation that has been moved further in the timeline. It would be incredibly useful to be able to select the keyframes and temporarily disable them so that you can focus on the new section of animation required then reenable the keyframes when the additional poses…

    30 votes

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  8. Add customizable tokens/properties to Render Queue

    It would be extremely helpful to be able to define our own render tokens somehow. We often have very long and complex filenames that string together common elements like "Project Code," "Client Name," "Project Name," "Deliverable Name," "First/Last Initials," "Version Number", "Language"

    It would be helpful to be able to define these somewhere in the AE project, perhaps as metadata, and then allow them to be used as render tokens/properties that can be used in the existing File Name and Location Templates.

    Sure, we can manually enter this information ourselves when we go to render. We could also rename our…

    30 votes

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  9. Color picker or eyedropper picks incorrect color from CC Library AE2019

    BUG report:
    Color picker or eyedropper picks incorrect color from color swatch in CC Library AE2019.

    30 votes

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  10. Add a native UVW mapping plugin.

    AE needs a native UVW mapping plugin, so that you can export UV maps from 3D apps and you can map images onto 3D object renders. You could make awesome templates (and ultimately mogrts) with 3D renders where the user could swap out image textures on 3D objects!

    Why native? Because then you can sell those templates without requiring others to buy a 3rd party plugin.

    The most obvious uses would be for things like bendy pages on a wedding album or images wrapped onto text. But it would open up unlimited possibilities to very creative people.

    30 votes

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  11. 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…

    30 votes

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  12. No glyphs?

    A glyphs panel would be an amazing addition.

    30 votes

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  13. Add Grain in 32bit

    Please move this to the top of priorities.
    Since we're now all moving towards ACES which requires working in 32bit, not having a grain effect that works in 32bit makes most of the compositing work almost impossible to do. It's hard to think of an effect that doesn't require grain matching with the background plate, and now every time we apply the add grain effect all, overbright values get clamped, so we CAN'T use the effect on any new production :/

    29 votes

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  14. Implement "System Layout" (as in Ai) in the Character's Panel

    Using Adobe Fonts such as Source Han Sans seemed very tempting. But with Japanese, I've found that the self-contained space Japanese period and comma are supposed to have after them, disappears. Something similar happens with spaces which are way smaller than they should be.

    Looking around I saw Adobe Illustration has an option named "System Layout" in the Character's Panel that by ticking it the issue gets automatically solved. It'd be great to implement this, and not only for Japanese but I'm sure it will be nice for Chinese and any other typeface with similar issues.

    29 votes

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  15. 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

    29 votes

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  16. Tappered Stroke paths

    Would be good to have tapered path strokes.

    29 votes

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  17. Improved UI responsiveness

    The UI response is slower depending on amount of layers (even if layers as simple as a shape circle) ....and it also is greatly dependend on CPU clockspeed and screen resolution. Scrubbing line in the timeline jitters as if the program struggle to move a vertical line of UI without even updating the preview frames.

    Example: Going from my 6 core 4.4GHZ machine to a 16 Core 3.8GhZ Threadripper GREATLY reduce the UX experience within the program, despite all other hardware being the same. And no other program has given me anything near the same slowdowns as AE.

    The UI…

    29 votes

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  18. 28 votes

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  19. Expose all internal After Effects commands to scripting

    It's possible to find many of AE's command IDs by running the following ES function and filling in whatever menu command you're after:

    app.findMenuCommandId("Go To Keyframe Time");

    But many other commands that aren't strictly "menu" commands seem inaccessible / hidden. For example, it seems impossible to find the commands for shifting keyframes left or right (represented in the hotkey editor by entries like "NudgeKeyframesEarlier" or "Shift Selected Keyframes 1 Frame Earlier").

    It'd be great if you could expose these secret commands to scripting, by giving them entries in the function above, giving them command IDs, and/or by building an event…

    28 votes

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  20. 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.

    28 votes

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