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  1. Onion Skin

    You propably have people asking you that, but it would be just great to have a Onion Skin function at the Ae, so we could see some of the frames/keyframes before or even after. That could help a lot while doing some animation, effects and I think everything, couse you have a more wide view of what you are doing without needing a pre render

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      13 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add back rendering support for H264 codec directly out of AE

      Around 2012 you removed the option for rendering a .mp4 file directly out of AE. Please add it back. The work around is to either render in a different codec and compress that in media encoder, or to launch the render directly from media encoder from AE (which is extremely slow and cumbersome, especially when you have large/complex project files). Not sure why removing functionality seemed like a good idea at the time...?

      125 votes
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        36 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please add a taper effect/option to 'Stroke' as well as Shape Layer strokes.

        Please add a taper effect/option to 'Stroke' as well as Shape Layer strokes.

        It's such a simple request that has been requested for over 8 years. The ability to taper a stroke of any kind. Either from the "Effects & Presets - Stroke" or a simple Shape Layer stroke.

        39 votes
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        • AE CC 2019 keeps crashing

          I didn't experience any immediate problems after updating to the new version, and I was actually excited about it. However, today the problems started. I was masking a layer, when all of a sudden AE crashed and I got this error on my screen "<140735526355840> <BEE_MiscTasks> <5> Set Artisan Task: Classic 3D". Tried googling but couldn't really find a solution for this specific problem. Running AE on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inch, Mid-2015) with OS High Sierra 10.13.6. Now, when I try to open the project the app keeps freezing.

          19 votes
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            13 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Remember output folder for every project

            My life would be days longer if After effects was able to render to the same folder the project rendered to last time instead of switching to the last place chosen regardless of wether it was a different project file (which makes no sense to me)

            Having to work quickly on multiple projects in the same timeframe leaves me with scatterer render files that swell the hard drive and take an age to sort through down the line.

            19 votes
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            • Use shapes or masks for text box

              A way to customize the shape of paragraph text, similar to how you can have text fill a shape in other Adobe programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign.
              This would be an improvement over exporting from one of those programs into AE because you could then edit and/or animate the text easily.

              21 votes
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              • Allow the user to hide the panel headers

                Allow the user to hide the panel headers. Instead of the first unnecessary line of text, squeeze it into a small square on the side or corner of panel. Need for scripts panels. Now a lot of space on the monitor is spent on the headers of the panels. This is a completely unnecessary information that can be deleted. The user must decide for himself.

                60 votes
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                  19 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Convert illustrator text layer to live text layers

                  by right clicking a photoshop layer you can have it become a live text inside AE please do the same for illustrator files

                  57 votes
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                  • RTX RAYTRACING with 3d game engine graphics in after effects

                    element 3d from videocopilot is great, but not perfect, and has a terrible ui in after effects with way to many drop downs and options. cinema 4d is NOT REALTIME, what we need a REALTIME GAME ENGINE STYLE GRAPHICS.

                    text, shapes, lights materials and environments, but not as clunky as videocopilot's 3d element

                    3 votes
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                    • NVIDIA Optix File Outdated [2014]! No RayTracer support for GTX 8,9,10 Series Cards & More. UPDATE optix.1.dll

                      The Nvidia Optix File needed for RayTracer engine support is outdated. This forces users with GTX 8,9,10 Series cards to update this file manually inside of the After Effects root install folder.

                      If you do not update this file manually, RayTracer in AE will be BROKEN and unusable for GTX 10 series card users. The file should be updated anyway.

                      With the latest version of AE, why are you still packing version 3.6.2.0??

                      The latest version, as of me writing this post, is from May 2018.

                      raytracer_supported_cards.txt needs to be updated as well. That file doesn't even have GTX 800…

                      14 votes
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                      • The ability to choose which font After Effects uses to replace "missing" fonts.

                        It would be great to be able to choose which fonts After Effects uses to replace "Missing" fonts when a project is opened. Indesign has this feature already for a point of reference.

                        30 votes
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                        • Allow "separate dimensions" on any anchor point or position property

                          This would be most useful for anchor points, positions of shape layer groups-- frankly any multi-dimensional property, including scale and camera points of interest, etc.

                          I think the key issue for most is getting bezier handles on those properties in the value graph.

                          4 votes
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                          • Add a unique identifier to properties (and layers) accessible via the scripting API

                            When scripting, we sometimes have to be able to "store" a property to do something later with it ;
                            For example, very often, scripts use the "comment" property of the layers to store data like this.

                            The problem is: there are only three ways to get a property:
                            - the matchName, but there can be a lot of properties with the same matchName
                            - the name, but it can be changed by users, so it is not reliable
                            - the index, which can be changed by users too.

                            This is very problematic, especially for Effects, or Shapes content, and the…

                            35 votes
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                            • high contrast masks as default

                              High contrast masks.

                              Time and time again I find myself not seeing my masks as i try to make them on either images or other compositions. The reason in that the default masks in aftereffects always have a desaturated color.

                              The colors can be changed, yes, but woudnt it make sense to just start off with high contrast colors in the first place?

                              Thanks!

                              5 votes
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                              • Fix audio playback using period (.) key

                                When using the period (.) key on the numpad to play audio only, it doesn't play the audio from the start but cuts off the first second or so. This has been a bug for a while now and I'm surprised it's still in there and noone reported it before.

                                4 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thank you for filing this bug report.

                                  We need more information in order to investigate this problem.

                                  - What version of After Effects are you using? From the About After Effects screen, ex. After Effects 16.0
                                  - What OS and version are you using? ex., Windows 10 or macOS 10.14
                                  - What type of audio files are you using in your composition?

                                • Bug Report Selecting Multiple Text Layers Shows Wrong Font

                                  For two versions now, whenever I select multiple text layers with the same or different fonts, the font window in the Character panel shows the wrong font, and if you select a new font it usually changes the text to the wrong font.

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                                  • AE for iPad

                                    Port the core AE engine to an iPad app and take all my money

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                                      • the "fix and bug" comments are astounding

                                        maybe focus on STABILITY rather than adding NEW FEATURES.....

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Allow default sequence frame rate for imported footage to be set on project basis

                                          I frequently jump back and forth between projects that need sequences to be imported at 30 and 24, it would save alot of time to be able to set a default framerate for imported image sequences on a per project basis. That way when I am switching projects it will default to importing at the correct framerate, rather than either having to change my preferences each time or manually change interpretation on each imported sequence. Frame rates change on a project by project basis, and our default settings for frame rates should do the same.

                                          This could also help prevent…

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