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  1. Control timeline properties from the effects panel - Effects panel to Properties panel

    Camera layers, Lights, Sound, these layers will never have effects applied to them, why would we display an empty effects panel and waste AE screen real-estate, while it could be the perfect place to control the properties for these layers?

    Think about other properties like shape layers for example and how easy it would be to just control their properties in the effect/properties panel!

    Here is how that could work: http://www.sandervandijk.tv/after-effects-features/effects#property-controls

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      8 comments  ·  Animation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Cel Animation Workflow

      Animate and Photoshop are great tools for cel animation but both lack the usability for modern motion design workflows that After Effects would provide. Adding support for photoshop-style raster animation in After Effects would bring this powerful technique into the right environment, and add features useful for unrelated workflows.

      To solve this, I propose the addition of a new Frame Paint Effect, which would would enable a fast, non-parametric way to paint into an effect. It would work like this:

      Photoshop brush engine
      - Painting pixels not strokes.
      - Focus on speed, quality and tablet pressure/tilt support, NOT editability.
      -…

      110 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Animation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Shape Layer Repeaters with Selectors (the kind in text animators)

        Shape layers could really use some love. I propose that the same way we add selectors and properties to Text Layer animations, should be used for Shape Layer Repeaters.

        Draw a square, repeat it 10 times, now add a range selector with position and scale. think of the cool mograph type effects you could create with that system, The best part, is that Shape Layers and Text Animators are practically cousins, so I don't think it would be to hard to implement.

        Bonus would be to also have the same path options that Text layers have as well, imagined if…

        100 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Animation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Ability to mute Keyframes

          In C4D you can 'mute' keyframes - essentially this acts like deleting the keyframe except that a dummy 'reference' key is left there, perhaps greyed out, that stores the value(s) and interpolations it had before it was muted. Keyframes to either side behave exactly as if it was not there, until it is un-muted.

          57 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Animation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Gradient Along a Stroke of a Shape Layer

            Would love to be able to make the stroke of a Shape Layer a gradient. Even if it was just a two-color gradient from one end to the other, that would be great. If it could be RGB and Alpha, even better! The gradient could be oriented from one end of the spline to another, or along the width of the stroke.

            6 votes
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            • Parent keyframes to markers

              A way to parent multiple keyframes to layer markers would be fantastic. For example, having several animations that use multiple properties with different start points across a number of layers, it becomes laborious to adjust all of the timings quickly. Moving a layer marker and adjusting all of the keyframes, while keeping the timing the same between them, would be very handy! The plugin Animation Composer from MrHorse has this functionality already, but you can only do it with the set animations within the plugin.

              4 votes
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              • Allow muting keyframes of a specific parameter

                Mute/deactivate the keyframes of a specific parameter, ie. the position parameter of a certain layer. The keyframes would still exist, and possibly still be visible in the timeline, but they don't affect the composition while muted.

                3 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Animation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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

                  11 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Animation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    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.

                  • Even Dashes on stoked paths to match Illustrator

                    It would be awesome if After Effects handled dashed lines the same way Illustrator does with the option to force dashes to be symmetrical with the corners.

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                    2 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Animation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Shape layer fill effects

                      There are fx on shape layers to control the path/stroke (trim path, punk bloat, etc) but there's no fx that control fill. It'd be great to be able to apply fx under Effect->Transition to the fill. Or have it's own set of fx (linear wipe, iris, radial, dissolve, barndoor, etc)

                      4 votes
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                      • distance based trim paths option (as opposed to percent)

                        Currently the Trim Paths animation works on a 0-100% scale. This is great for many things, but if your shape keeps being altered, the size of the line is going to change as well.

                        I am suggesting a drop-down to change the method from percentage based to distance based. That way if the shape gets longer, the distance traveled by the trim paths will not change.

                        2 votes
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                        • FFD: Free Form Deformation

                          In most 3d programs (3dsmax, c4d...maya) there is an FFD tool that allows you to set a cage that causes deformation when the affected object passses through it. the cage position is independent of the object. This allows you to deform the object as it passes through the cage--picture a thick viscous fluid squeezing to fit through a funnel and then regaining its former shape once out of the funnel. Pixels are affected as they pass through the cage.

                          Current options like puppet and mesh warp's positions are tied to your object and cant achieve this same effect.

                          2 votes
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                          • Control Curves in Graph Editor without Separating Dimensions

                            Being able to set positions keys, then control bezier handles in the graph editor without separating dimensions feels similar to many other graph editor systems. This could also eliminate the issue of tangents creating hard points in the curve because of the "Auto Bezier" interpolation. Allowing you to smooth them out where you see fit.

                            4 votes
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                            • Dynamic Keyframes

                              Would like to use expressions to assign a value to a specific keyframe.

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                              • SVG-Animator / Export an Animation in SVG for Web

                                After Effects needs to have an option to export an Animation as SVG.
                                SVG in comparison to GIF has much better quality and smaller File Size.

                                An option to export animations as SVG would revolutionize everything. For After Effects and Web-Design.

                                6 votes
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                                • Global or Public function

                                  Sometime we need to define a global function once somewhere and call it in every expression without redefining or coping it.

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                                  • Onion Skinning with the Brush and Paint tools

                                    With After Effect's versatility, it surprises me that the workflow doesn't lend itself well to any kind of hand-drawn animations.

                                    One of the most simple ways I can think of to make AE more viable is just to allow onion skinning when painting frame-by-frame with the brush tool. As it stands right now I mostly have to guess and hope I got my drawings right.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Make layers deform in z axis 3D

                                      I have always found it frustrating that you can not alter a layer in 3D at all.

                                      You can work with a 2D flat video layer but you can not deform it at all in the z axis.

                                      This would add the ability to treat a layer more like a face in a 3d app like Maya. You could add points and move them forward or back in z space like the puppet tool only not limited to x and y values.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • BUG REPORT - JSON file with Greek Character do not work.

                                        I’m creating a data driven Graphics in After Effects. I have created a JSON file with excel and I have tested the file if the syntax is OK, and everything is fine. I have all my DATA in the file. If I save the file in ASCI format, the After Effects works fine for the English text, but the Greek Text do not show up. If I save the file in UTF-8 format, I get an error when I import the file in After Affects

                                        “ After Effects warning: Problem encountered with file “D:Win 10\...\Data.json”. Data File: Parsing error:”dataOutline[0]”, Invalid…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Animation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thank you for filing this bug report.

                                          Which version of After Effects are you using?

                                          Can you provide us with a sample JSON file that causes this error?

                                          Post a link to your files here, or if you prefer not to post publicly you can send it to aebugs@adobe.com. (If you send to that address: A) Do not send .zip files, they will be blocked; renaming to .thisisazipfile is OK. B) Post a comment here when you have sent the email. I need to manually check that inbox.)

                                        • underline

                                          Text should have underline option

                                          22 votes
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