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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. rework the whole 3d space

    Working in the 3d space of AFX is such a pain! Often I try to avoid it or look for workarounds(someimtes using C4d to set up cameras and lights to than pass it over to AFX just to not have to navigate it in AFX)

    It is not easy to navigate the 3d space as it doesn't use industry standart shortcuts to start with.
    In addition it is so hard to grab these little 3d widget handles. I constantly select another layer when I try to move the one I focus on. If we would have the option to restrict…

    28 votes
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  4. AE keeps crashing since update

    I did the update yesterday, everything worked fine, untill suddenly AE crashed. Since then it keeps crashing the moment I click on anything, no matter which project I open. I then get the following report:

    <140735969784704> <BEEWorkQueue> <5> BEEProject::TimestampGetNext ZANZIBAR-3: cannot produce timestamp, frozen=0, open=0.

    Any ideas how I can fix this?

    27 votes
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    15 comments  ·  Stability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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.

    27 votes
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  6. Create Layer Groups

    I would like to be able to group layers, similarly to in Photoshop or Illustrator.

    Creating small groups of objects without the need for making them into a comp first would be very helpful.

    27 votes
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  7. 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…

    27 votes
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  8. 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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  9. 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.

    26 votes
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  10. 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…

    26 votes
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  11. AE should remember effects layer inputs (like set matte) when copy/pasting layers. Currently need to manually reconnect after pasting,

    This is how parenting works when you copy/paste a new set of layers. It creates parents relative to the new layers you've pasted. That is smart, now if only effects worked the same way! For some reason the default behavior on plugins is to revert the layer inputs on effects like “set matte” or “create nulls from paths” to the source layer that the effect is applied to after pasting.

    I frequently use both of the aforementioned effects to make templates, and I'm constantly copy/pasting sets of template layers into new comps, but every time I do I have to…

    26 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. 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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  13. Just wanted to say thank you for Master Properties!

    Just wanted to thank the AE dev team for implementing Master Properties. This is the killer feature we've all been waiting for.

    I can say this will hopefully prevent me for trading in my hard won AE skills and turning to Nuke or Fusion. Something I was seriously considering.

    I'm sure the devs are continually subjected to ranting, angry bug reports. I know I've written a couple.

    Well it's time to say thank you. I complained. You listened and built a feature I actually need, that significantly improves the software.

    Awesome job

    You rock.

    Alan

    26 votes
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  14. No glyphs?

    A glyphs panel would be an amazing addition.

    26 votes
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  15. A more robust way to call comps in expressions

    As in expressions comp are called by their name once you duplicate or rename the called comp you break your expression. One solution to avoid that would be to enable something like the itemByID method that exists in scripts that allow us to call comps by a unique id that won't change whatever the user do, and please change the copy with relative link behavior so it uses this new method instead of calling the comp by its name.

    26 votes
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  16. 26 votes
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  17. 26 votes
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  18. 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

    25 votes
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  19. Playback won't stop playing back

    Bug Report:

    When doing a RAM preview, After Effects will cache and play like normal, but won't stop. The interface will hang and AE will continue to play back indefinitely. This issue occurs seemingly randomly several times throughout the day.

    This is occurring on several computers running Windows 10 and AE 17.0.4.

    24 votes
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  20. Folders in After Effects timeline

    Timeline folders. We have them in Animate, Photoshop, Illustrator... precomps can utterly ruin your work and is NOT an alternatives to having a simple folder hierarchy - especially when dealing with shape layers or anything that requires continual rasterization.

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