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  1. A color panel

    A simple panel with a color picker and some color swarches

    23 votes
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  2. Add smart guides, snapping & guides like in Illustrator

    Illustrator has done it right.
    - dragging guides out of the rulers is easy
    - guides snap and show relations via smart guides
    - guides can be selected and moves via the keyboard & the position value can be easily adjusted in pixels
    - smart guides help when positioning and resizing layers
    - snapping helps to change the origin for the ruler
    - elements snap to guides

    Its also an Abobe tool, so please copy this behaviour over. In comparison illustrator feels like a very old, outdated software, even though you obviously know how to do it right.

    Cheers

    22 votes
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  3. Calculations, Channel Combiner, CC composite to be powered by GPU and 32 Bits per channel

    Calculations is the merge tool in Ae why is it still not the most overused tool!?

    22 votes
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  4. Choosing which GPU is used by Mercury Engine

    Currently Mercury Engine automatically use GPU that is used for display (one that is connected to a monitor). I wish it would be possible to accelerate effects with other GPU, not one that is used for displaying things on the monitor.
    IMHO it would save some VRAM for OpenCL/Metal purposes, since second GPU would not have to store video buffer.

    22 votes
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  5. 21 votes
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  6. Import layer transfer modes from Illustrator

    It would be great if the transfer modes from illustrator layers would be reflected when the .ai file is imported into After Effects.

    21 votes
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  7. A histogram within the curves window. Thank you

    A histogram inside curves would be immensely useful. Similar to Photoshop or Lightroom.

    21 votes
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  8. revamp the mesh warp

    the whole distort family effects would need some love, but the mesh warp could be a super powerful tool if could :
    -have access to every points and tangeants positions
    -lasso select points
    -scale, shear, rotate the grid to affect only a part of the image
    -making it 3d
    -promote it to b 32bpc gpu accelerated
    -go beyond those request and make it a weapon of choice

    to my knowledge this effect has been change only once to be able to move points with arrow keys...

    21 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…

    21 votes
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  10. PhotoJPEG Quicktime Support

    Every studio review we have requires us to submit photoJPEG quicktimes as VFX dailies alongside our Avid and EXRs. Would be nice to have so I dont have to script a solution with ffmpeg.

    21 votes
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  11. Default color for Outer glow/ Inner glow should be white.

    The default color for Outer/Inner glow layer styles is an odd yellow/gold that nobody wants to use. Light defaults should always be white, dark defaults should always be black. Examples, drop shadow effect, Tint, Gradient Ramp, etc.

    20 votes
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  12. Back in 2004, Guide Layers were a great addition to AE. Let's do that again.

    On each layer, maybe within the transform and compositing options, I'd love three checkboxes.
    All checked, like we see below — the default — would simply mean "completely normal layer."

    Layer Visible During:
    [√] Work
    [√] Preview
    [√] Render

    Meanwhile, to accomplish what we'd currently expect from a Guide Layer, we uncheck 'Render':

    Layer Visible During:
    [√] Work
    [√] Preview
    [_] Render

    Easy peasy — plus — look what else we can do with this setup:

    This will keep any layers of subtype 'crunchy-and-unnecessary-until-playback' out of your face:

    Layer Visible During:
    [_] Work
    [√] Preview
    [√] Render

    This keeps layers…

    20 votes
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  13. colorama to 32bpc and Gpu and update color picker

    Color picker needs to be linkable by expressions and dynamically expanding an amount of color peakers created on the color wheel

    20 votes
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  14. Option to hide guide layers when previewing

    Sometimes, we only need guide layers when working in the comp, but not when previewing.
    A "hide guide layers" option in the preview panel would be very useful.

    Also, an option to always hide guide layers from video feedback with mercury transmit would be logical, as what I want to see on the video control is the final image.

    With an animation workflow using controllers which are guide layers, those two options would enable to check the animation without seeing the controllers, but having them to manipulate stuff when actually animating

    20 votes
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  15. Link After Effects files into After Effects

    Kind of AE Dynamic Link, instead of import AE files, be able to link it. It would be a tremendous feature for small team projects.

    20 votes
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  16. 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…

    20 votes
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  17. Link media like Premiere Pro

    The way AE link media is annoying, we have to look for the file manually while Premiere do it automatically.

    20 votes
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  18. Support for 125% text scaling in Windows 10

    Having upgraded from 1080p to 1440p monitors, the recommended text scaling for windows (125%) causes After Effects to render its UI text blurred/fuzzy. This is a big drawback having invested in better monitors, as the alternative is going back to 100% text scaling, which is incredibly small on my displays.

    19 votes
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  19. Change multiple compositions settings

    Allow us to invoke the Composition Settings dialogue when multiple comps are selected in the Project Panel, and apply changes to all of them at once.

    Parameters that have different values are denoted with a dash. For e.g. if you have selected 2 comps, 1 with Frame Rate set to 25, and one set to 30, the value shown is -

    That value is still editable and the resulting change will set both comps to the new value.

    If the value is left untouched, both comps will retain their individual settings.

    19 votes
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  20. Blending Mode Transfer to Premiere over Dynamic Link

    Would love for blending modes set on layers to transfer over dynamic link.

    If I have a need to use an overlay for specific layers I have to bring in and export or footage clips and then send it back to premiere.

    Video sequences are built in premiere, and After Effects would be an overlay.

    Currently it just comes over blank, it's looking for layers below to add these blending modes to, but stops at within the composition.

    This would help Dynamic links become "more Dynamic"

    19 votes
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