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  1. Don't require track mattes to be above the layer it modifies (and also allow re-use)

    Requiring a track matte to be right above the layer it modifies seems like an archaic convention at best. Get rid of that requirement and make them like parent layers which can be anywhere and used by many layers.

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      15 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Adopting the powers of node-based programs by tweaking the set matte effect.

      Inspired by Node-based workflows. We often want to combine different mattes into one layer without the need of pre-comping—and then even use the same matte for multiple layers.

      If we improve the already existing "Set Matte" Effect with the functions of the "Track Matte", we may be on a better path!

      Here is a video of how that could work: https://vimeo.com/138156034

      1. Add a "Track Matte" switch to set matte:

      This could make the "Transform Properties" of the set matte behave the same as how "Track Mattes" do. (this is possible already by sandwiching the set matte effect between two…

      143 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support for CDLs

        Due to the volatility of Colorista Free in new versions, and it being what makes ACES workflow possible, it breaks the ability to have AE be a compositing tool for ACES.

        Please develop a 32 bit CDL effect that will not require Lumetri.

        5 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          22 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Incorporate Real 3D Workspace and Node-based Workflow in Next Major Update

            I'm really fond of Adobe Products. But It is kinda disappointing when It comes to comparing it with other VFX and Compositing Applications. Even free versions of applications like Black Magic DaVinci Resolve or Fusion have all the features that an artist would desire and they're gaining popularity by leaps and bounds.

            So, there's dire need of some serious upgrade that actually deserves the title "Major Update".

            We want a real 3D Workspace as well as the capability to choose between layer-based or node-based workflow.

            It will surely give Adobe an edge over its competitors making it the first choice…

            6 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Separate Keyframes for Mask Feather Tool

              The Mask Feather Tool should have its own separate keyframes.

              As of now, its keyframes are the same, as the mask shape keys, so if you already animated a mask shape, you cannot animate the "feather tool" separately.

              Alternatively, please give us a "Uber Key" as seen in Mocha.
              Thanks.

              6 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Automatic Instanced effects

                Example : I copy a blur, or a curve, i paste it on another layer, at this moment, i would want to have a choice betwen "copy" or "intanced" copy.
                Instanced is a automatic link betxen the affects, and of course any modification on my curve will bereported to all instanced copy of it.(like in 3ds max , for example).
                Of cource, a right clic on it can un link it from the others.

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                  2 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thank you for submitting this suggestion.

                  Similar functionality exists in After Effects. The Edit > Copy with Property Links (and Copy with Relative Property Links) command will do as you describe.

                  The Copy with Property Links commands link the pasted effect using expressions. You can use the commands on effects, or just single properties (including transform properties), or even a whole layer.

                  If there is additional functionality you still desire in After Effects, please elaborate.

                • A fast and robust exr workflow with support for z-depth

                  Exr from 3D Renders like Octane right now is bad supported. We need an alternative to the discontinued EXR Plugin. The performance is horror right now. EXR deep pixels are so 2018. So start to take it serious

                  38 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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…

                    14 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Bug Report: AE 2019 Write-On Effect not working.

                      I am unable to get the write-on effect to work with any stability. I noticed this in a 2018 file I was editing. It seems I can set up the keyframes, but then after scrubbing the timeline or working on other write-on reveals, it fails. See attached file.

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                        5 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thank you for filing this bug report.

                        Update 14 Nov 2018 – I received the files, thank you.

                        After playing with the project for a little bit, I see how the Write-on effect is not behaving correctly. But I’m not able to deduce what the cause of the problem is. I’m not able to reproduce the problem from scratch, and if I make modifications to your project, it starts to render correctly.

                        My best guess is that the keyframe data of the Write-on effect in your project became corrupted somehow. It’s relatively easy to fix, although a bit tedious:

                        1. On each keyframe, modify the property value. (I made small adjustments, like rounding fractional X or Y values up to the nearest integer, or increasing the brush size by 1. Any change to the keyframe’s value should work here.)
                        2. Edit > Purge > All Memory & Disk Cache.

                        If…

                      • Fix camera lens blur halo / bleed problem

                        A problem we'll detailed in the following post since 2013... And still the problem persists. Please fix this
                        https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1134976

                        5 votes
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                        • Label points in masks

                          Like in NUKE, the option to label points and ripple edit in masks.

                          4 votes
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                          • Accepts Shadows Only for C4d Renderer

                            If a composition is using the C4d renderer to take advantage of the geometry options, there's no way to create a layer that only accepts shadows (it says that option is disabled). Without a shadow catcher layer, further compositing becomes very difficult. Please make this option work correctly.

                            4 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Resetting previous composition settings to default.

                              Composition settings panel always retains the "previous settings". This should be a configurable property if User doesn't like this option.

                              There should be a way to reset them back to Default from extendscript.

                              4 votes
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                              • After Effects Crash on .TGA import to comp. Also get better customer service that can actually answer questions regarding a specific product

                                Latest version of After Effects. Import a .TGA sequence fine. Import a single .TGA and After Effects crashes and requires I close the app. The .TGA sequence that imports fine is 8192 X 8192. The single .TGA is the same size. One crashes after effects the other does not. This BUG just showed up today after update. Additionally I attempted to contact support and was directed to a person that was reading from a web page trying to assist, zero experience with After Effects. We pay a monthy subscription and the only time I have ever contact Adobe about a…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Compositing & effects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thank you for filing this bug report.

                                  First, I’m sorry to hear about your poor experience with our Customer Care team. May I have your permission to forward your name and email to them so they can follow up?

                                  Second, we would like to examine the TGA file that is causing the problem. If you can share the files via Dropbox, Creative Cloud Files, or another file solution, that would be great. Post a link to your files here, or if you prefer not to post publicly you can send the link or the files themselves 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.)

                                • 3D camera track + Object track

                                  With new tools like FastMask, there is very impressive scene analysis going on. Could future updates to the built in AE camera tracker include separate data for moving object tracking as well? So after running camera tracker you get a tracked camera, as well as options to create tracked nulls from moving object/people in the scene?

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                                  • adjustment layer depth limit

                                    It would be nice to have a value slider to choose how many layers down an adjustment layer is allowed to affect. Sometimes I want them to affect everything below it, but there are many times that I only want them to affect a few layers without going all the way down the layer stack.

                                    5 votes
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                                    • unable acquire rendered frame

                                      camera tracking keep randomly saying unable acquire rendered frame.
                                      This never happened before until I updated to Adobe cc 2019
                                      Please fix

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Fix Wire Removal Effect

                                        The wire removal tool currently roams when opened on different workstations within the same version of AE. The end points can be off by 20 or 30 pixels and seem to have no apparent cause for the position change. Nor is the offset consistent.

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                                        • Bug Report: 'CC Composite' has an offset in AE CC2019

                                          In specific cases, the "CC composite"-effect works differently in CC2018 then in CC2019. In most cases, you won't see a difference, but combining certain blurs on multiple layers gives the CC composite a bit of an offset to the upper left.

                                          Let me give an example: A simple comp with three layers. The two upper ones are adjustment layers. The bottom one is a black solid.

                                          - The top adjustment layer has an opacity of 50% and has a "CC Composite" effect on it
                                          - The middle adjustment layer has an opacity of 1% and has a "Fast Box Blur"…

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