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    Monte Simard commented  · 

    I 100% agree with the suggestions here, but for anyone who needs to stack mattes in the meantime, I actually have found a workaround. It only works with shape layers, text layers, and layers that are the same size as the comp. It does work with effects applied to the layers. And it works best with alpha mattes, but if you have a luma matte, make that the first matte. I haven't found a limit to how many layers you can use, but if you have a lot of layers, you're probably still best off precomping.

    1. Create a solid (must be the same size as the comp).
    2. Add your "Set Matte" effect and set it up as you need it.
    3. Add the "Calculations" effect. It's under the "Channel" group if you can't find it.
    4. Leave the input as "RGBA" and the invert input unchecked.
    5. Choose your second layer and choose between Source, Masks, and Effects & Masks (if you only have masks, you need to choose Masks, not Effects & Masks).
    6. Set the second layer opacity to 100%.
    7. Uncheck "Preserve Transparency."
    8. Set your blending mode:
    -"Alpha Add" will combine both alphas.
    -"Stencil Alpha" will give you the overlap of the alphas.
    -"Silhouette Alpha" will subtract the 2nd alpha from the first.
    9. Use more iterations of the "Calculation" effect to combine more mattes until you're done.

    That's it. You can now use this one layer to drive the "Set Matte" effect on multiple layers.

    FYI - The "Calculations" effect does carry over color, so if that's distracting, use a "Fill" at the end to make it all one color.

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    Monte Simard commented  · 

    Adding my two cents: This problem could be solved by handling keyframe snapping the way After Effects handles it. In AE if you shift-drag a keyframe towards the end of the clip, it snaps to the start of the last frame, but if you shift-drag passed the end of the clip, it snaps to the end of the clip. Something like "Snap to start of last frame of clip" could be a checkbox in Premiere Pro's preferences.

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    We're very excited to announce that Selectable Track Mattes are now available in the public beta builds! Selectable Track Mattes work just like parenting, allowing you to pick any layer in your composition, no matter where it sits in the layer stack, as a Track Matte source for any other layer.

    You'll need to update to version 23.0 build 8 or later to try it out. Learn more here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects-beta-discussions/feature-focus-selectable-track-matte-layers-have-arrived/td-p/13110013

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    Monte Simard commented  · 

    It's really annoying opening a project that was started by someone else and having to reset the columns in EVERY SINGLE COMP, especially in a complex project with 50+ comps. When you right-click to hide/add/remove columns, under the "Rename This..." option, there should be an option that says something like "Match All" that would match all columns in all comps to the current layout. It'd be a huge time/frustration saver.

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    We are very happy to announce that starting with After Effects (Beta) 23.0x11, H.264 is now available as an option in the Output Module Settings dialog allowing you to encode to H.264 directly from the AE Render Queue.

    More information on the Beta builds and rendering H.264 is available on the After Effects (Beta) forums: https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects-beta-discussions/feature-focus-exporting-h-264-from-the-after-effects-render-queue/td-p/13117618

    Thank you for all your input on this. Please give the Beta a try and let us know how this feature is working for you.

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    Monte Simard commented  · 

    This is an especially important issue for freelancers who may not have or may not be able to install AME on the computers provided to them. H.264 is still an ideal WIP codec, and it can be painful to budgets and to sanity to force users to wait on AME when it still feels like the Dynamic Link from AE to AME is at beta quality at best.

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