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  1. Interface slowdown when using multiple expressions

    Following up on Tim's request to post individual feature requests from Sander's site here....

    http://www.sandervandijk.tv/after-effects-features/expressions#faster-interface

    Expressions and coding are some of the most powerful tools AE animators have at their disposal, so the fact that using them has such a negative impact on performance is truly disappointing and counter-intuitive.

    Sander:
    "The interface slows down drastically when applying lots of Expressions, Code allows us to easily create complex animations and connect values. This is the highest on my list of improvements that After Effects can make."

    110 votes

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  2. Zero denominator converting ratio denominators 17 : : 18

    For After Effects and Premiere Pro users, we provide a graphic and animation pack, which is used by more than 3000 customers.

    After your last updates, our customers began reporting that they were receiving the unstoppable zero denominator error message when trying to use our library. We have tried to find the source of the problem, but it continues to appear randomly with no logical explanation. As I can see some other users have reported this bug related to Time Remap.

    Here is a sample project file that gives the error.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-9WJGP5JsrmULsGRTIxxxRWbdRUG6bVF/view?usp=sharing

    This bug makes our product unusable to users…

    34 votes

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  3. Bug Report AE 22.1.1: Menu Bar and all right click drop-downs not working

    Menu bar and all right click dropdowns are not working in AE 2022. You click an item in the menu bar and nothing appears, you click again and it shows up for a moment but disappears when you move your mouse over to click on a drop down item.

    When you click for the first time, you can click on drop down items by guessing the approximate location of where they are but they are invisible so it's a guessing game.

    This makes AE completely unusable. Fixes when you delete your preferences file but it is not feasible to delete…

    24 votes

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    Hi all,

    Thank you for reporting this issue and for your continuing feedback. The team is aware of this problem and is investigating potential fixes.

    The issue appears to be that After Effects is not being fully "focused" on launch due to dialogs being shown during launch or other applications being focused while After Effects is loading. The workaround is to click the After Effects icon in the macOS Dock if the menus are not working. This fully focuses the app and should allow menus to behave correctly. Please let us know if this doesn't fix the issue for you. Relaunching can also help ( as noted below ) but clicking the After Effects icon in the dock is much more direct.

    Again, we are investigating fixes for this issue to be included in a future version of After Effects. We will update this post when a fix becomes available…

  4. 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

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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.

  5. Master Properties bug (String Memory Leak)

    If I use Master Properties to edit text inside a pre-comp, I get a "string memory leak" error when I quit After Effects. If I then clear the custom text by clicking the "Pull from Master Comp" icon, and then save and re-open After Effects, I no longer get the error (at least until I edit the text again through Master Properties).

    As an example, I have attached two files. The file with text edited through Master Properties gives me the error upon quitting AE. The other file is identical, except that the text has not been edited through Master…

    19 votes

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  6. AE CC 2019 Speed on Mac

    Just updated to After Effects CC 2019 V16.0.0. MacOS High Sierra, latest iMac with enough of RAM and supported GPU. Preferences resetted. CC 2018 works like charm without speed problems.
    Anybody else experiencing a total slowdown of the UI with the new AE version?
    Everything feels like frozen and AE is practically useless.
    Sorry, cannot work with this. Returning back to CC 2018.

    If this is not a general fault, any bright ideas what to do? Please...

    15 votes

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  7. Bug Report: Resizing the composition causes the 3D layer to shift.

    If you resize the composition using the "Crop Comp to Region of Interest" feature in version 17.5.1, there will be a difference in the display between 2D and 3D layers with the same X and Y numbers.
    It didn't happen in versions prior to 17.1.4.

    The following reproduction procedure
    1, Creating a composition
    2, Create a new layer
    3, Resize the composition using "Crop Comp to Region of Interest"
    4, Check the 3D layer.

    Other than "Crop Comp to Region of Interest", the same phenomenon occurs when resizing with "Composition Settings / Advanced / Anchor" selected other than the center.…

    14 votes

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  8. Invalid JSON Object Error

    Error/Bug Report: When importing a tab delimited file, any quotation marks in data values results in this After Effects alert:

    After Effects warning: Problem encountered with file "FILENAME.tsv". Data File: Parsing error:"dataOutline[0]::children[0]", Invalid JSON Object.

    When I remove the quotation marks from the text/tsv file, After Effects handles it properly.

    Any workarounds for this so I can use data with text values including quotations? Thanks!

    10 votes

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  9. make median and dust and scratches faster in 16bpc

    Median is a very conveniant effect when it comes to removal or retouching works and super fast when your project is set to 8bpc but when you turn it to 16bpc or more it takes forever to render. I would be really thankful if you could do some dev blackmagic to fix that

    9 votes

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  10. HEVC GPU DECODING ON WINDOWS

    Please make HEVC GPU decoding available on windows 10 machines

    8 votes

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  12. Mesh warp bad parameter bug

    Exporting from premiere I got an "Unable to create frame" error on an AE linked comp (error code -160962695). The comp was an animation of a PNG graphic with some Mesh warp "glitch" effects.

    Tried to render from AE, initially got an error about the memory requirements of the frame while in 32bpc color (error 12804) but after switching to 8bpc I started to get a different error, after that point it was the same error in either 32 or 8pbc.

    The final error was a Bad parameter error (error 516) and I discovered that it was the animated Mesh…

    8 votes

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    Thank you for sharing the project file. I was able to reproduce the problem, both with your project and by replicating the conditions of the bug from scratch.

    This is a bug which has existed in the Mesh Warp effect for a long time. At this time we do not plan to fix it, because the conditions of the bug are uncommon and easy to work around. But we will leave this bug in “Under Review” state to allow people to continue to vote on it. If this problem is more common that we assume, we can raise the priority and fix this in a future update.

    The problem is a combination of a high-resolution layer and moving the mesh warp points a great distance outside of the bounds of the layer.

    In this case, your layer is greater than 8000×5000 pixels, though scaled down to 10%, and one of…

  13. Master Property Undo and Copy Expression Bug

    If you replace a comp that has a master property with an expression or keys on it, it gets cleared out. That makes sense. But if you undo, expressions and keys on a mastery property don't return.

    Also, the UI lets you "Copy Expression Only" for Master Properties but you can't paste onto duplicates, even of the same precomp with the exact same Master Properties.

    Aside from a few minor issues, I love the world Master Properties opens up for us.

    6 votes

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  14. After Effects Warning: Invalid Menu Operation - related to amount of compositions

    I believe I just found a current problem related to the "Invalid Menu Operation" warning that has been discussed on this forum several times before.

    I'm working on a project that has a lot of compositions.

    If a composition is used more than 1168 times and I try to right-click it in the Project panel, I get an "After Effects Warning: Invalid Menu Operation" popup.

    I tested it in CC 2020 and CC 2022 - same bug.

    I had four different pre-comps used over 1168 times in other compositions. As a test, I just kept deleting the comps that used…

    5 votes

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  15. BUG: JSON footage files do not auto reload when written by ExtendScript

    If a valid json footage asset is imported into a project and used for Expression data in a layer, and it is subsequently overwritten by an ExtendScript process, After Effects CC 2019 will not auto-refresh the JSON footage item in the project nor in any layer referencing the JSON footage layer. Choosing "Reload Footage" on the json footage item does not seem to do work either — this this did work in CC 2018. However, if focus is removed from AE, and a different process opens and overwrites the source of a JSON footage item, then focus is returned to AE,…

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    Thanks for posting this bug, Arie.

    After an extensive back and forth with our developers, we’ve concluded that yes, there’s a bug here. We’ll need to investigate further what’s going on, but the problem appears to connected to the fact that it’s a script, being run by After Effects, that is updating the JSON file.

    There was some confusion as to whether we’d expect this to work automatically, without manually calling the Reload Footage command (either in the script or via UI), but that the behavior changed between releases of After Effects tells us that something in the code changed and we should understand why.

  16. Pasting from Premiere bug - Duration change and no "Paste At Current Time"

    Being able to paste from Premiere into After Effects is awesome, but there is a bug when pasting footage/audio from the Premiere timeline into an already existing composition in After Effects. The After Effects composition will automatically change duration without your input and it won't respect "Paste At Current Time". Do this to re-create the problem.

    • Create a new After Effects comp, either from Premiere's "Replace With After Effects Composition" feature, or an independent project. Make it something like 10 seconds.
    • Copy any footage or audio clip from a Premiere timeline into an After Effects composition. But make sure the…
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  17. Characters like á and é and ö can't be text linked with .JSON data driven compositions

    Please fix this!

    Characters like á and é and ö can't be text linked with .JSON data driven compositions. I need this asap!

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  18. AE crash when deleting expression linked effect

    AE reports 9 expressions error but in theres only 8. If I select and delete CC Toner effect on v2 the app crash. Manually deleting each expession individually is the only way to go but during the process the expression warning message reports an astronomous amount of errors (see 2nd screenshot). Bug has been reported on multiple machine.

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  19. Liquify effect: can't set source location by Option-clicking

    Just noticed that I am not able to set a source location while using the clone tool (inside of the liquify effect). When pushing the option key (Mac OS), the 3D camera tool shows up.

    After Effects version: 22.2.1 (german layout)

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  20. Bug: Path Group Mistaken for Mask Crash

    (MacOS - AE version 22.0) When selecting multiple path groups (not the properties) and attempting to hit the shortcut to arrange a layer forward or backward, the program will crash.

    I only came across it accidentally when I thought I had the layer selected and not the path groups.

    I've also attached an error message that pops up when only one of the groups is selected.

    It seems that what's causing it is when path groups are selected, it's confusing them for masks, as seen in the menu command for arranging layers.

    This doesn't seem to happen on Windows from…

    4 votes

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