In our ongoing aim to make your After Effects experience better, we are excited to introduce the new Properties Panel to the beta today (22.2.0x29).
As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback here in the forum. Your responses help us know when features are ready to ship or if they need more polishing. Please speak up and help us build the product you need!
Create motion graphics quicker and with greater ease inside the new Properties Panel. Cut down on your twirl-time by quickly accessing the properties you need the most. New designers coming from Photoshop and Illustrator should feel right at home with controls available where you are used to finding them.
This first build brings an easier way of working with Shape layers. Select a shape either in the composition window or timeline, and you will find its properties shown in the panel for easy access. If you change a value in the panel, it will change in the timeline as well. Select multiple shapes on a layer to change their values at the same time.
Alongside the Shape properties, we’ve also added basic layer transforms for Anchor Point, Position, Scale, Rotation and Opacity. The values can be modified for multiple layers at once when selected together.
How to Use Properties Panel
Select a Shape layer in the timeline, or in the composition window double-click to select a specific shape within that layer. The Properties Panel, which will be at the upper right side of the panel stack, will display the properties for your selection. You may need to extend the bottom edge of the panel down to see all the controls, or you can scroll down instead.
For a longer introduction check out the attached video below.
Have fun with it!
Known Issues and Workarounds
Go to next / previous keyframe works only when the keyframes are exposed on the timeline as well.
Of course, the cool thing about the Property Panel is, that the layers shouldn't be needed to be untwirled. Currently e.g. having keys on the position property and having the layer twirled up on the timeline - not showing the keyframes, the arrows next to the keyframe indicator on the Property Panel to go to the next / previous key won't do that and will just move the CTI to the start or the end of the work area.
Problem verifed in-house and added to our bug queue. Good one! Thanks for the report
This is a very nice start! I haven’t installed it but from watching the video…
Hi @sskaz , sorry - I lost your post over the holiday break.
These are all great suggestions, and I can certainly tell you that it will be expanded, this is just the introduction. Thank you for your ideas, keep watching for the updates!
...now all the property names in the timeline are gone. 😬
I also reported it just now: https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects-beta-discussions/all-property-names-are-gone-in-the-tim...
Fixed it is - thanks John.
I think it would also be great to have some sort of a "version system" in there.
Much like there is in Fusion or with Takes in Cinema. This way we could try out different settings and see what works best without the need to duplicate layers.
Please add a paths button or shortcut.
Thanks for the suggestion. We had hoped to have had this working in our initial beta release but ran out of time. Shortcut method to add shape/path will be available soon.
Didn't see anyone mention this. So I'll ask, will Essential Properties be added to this Properties Panel?
To me, Essential Properties is used almost in every one of my projects. But when I have many Essential Properties enabled precomps in my timeline, I need to twirl open every single one of them to change a parameter value. Adding Essential Properties to Properties Panel must be a great workflow booster.
Love the feature !
But I have an issue to report :
Scrubbing the values of any properties in the Properties Panel is sluggish/choppy, while srubbing values in the timeline is fluid as ususal.
I'm experiencing this on a dual monitor (4k), so perhpas it has something to do with it.
Can someone else confirm the issue ? Thx
Confirmed. I have a dual-monitor setup, but am testing this all on one screen. Scrubbing layer Position in the Props panel has a noticeable visual lag & lowered frame rate on the actual displayed layer contents (but not the outlines), while scrubbing in the timeline does not.
If you hold ALT while scrubbing the values (which disables UI update until release), the outlines move smoothly.
We’ve made some performance improvements to scrub interactions for property streams. There should be no delay in comp layers updating when scrubbing values in the PP compared to the TLW. Can you please verify with Ae 22.3 beta x45 or higher and report back your result? Thanks.
I'd say it still feels like it's functioning at a lower frame rate (maybe half?) than when I'm scrubbing the same property in the timeline, but it's definitely improved from before.
Here's what I'm seeing: https://www.loom.com/share/7b3f540b93d841a1a752248a648eef3d
Thanks for providing the screen recording example, Kyle. I can see what you’re seeing in the recording and on my local system. Very subtle, but still not on par with TLW. I’ve added your findings to our product backlog for possible future performance enhancement. Our current priority is adding support for text layers, which is in progress.
This feature is good for now but i think we should add some thing which is can not controlled by keyboard shortcut. For EXP: Trim path from shape layer, taper, line cap which is use so much. For Pos/Rotation/Opacity is easy to control and reveal by shorcut.
I believe I found a bug: when the Properties Panel is active, Keyframe Assistant > Sequence Layers... doesn't respect selection order (i.e. selecting bottom-to-top or random selection). It instead sequences based on the layer order, top-down.
If you close the Properties Panel, re-select your layers and try again, it works as expected.
If you want to improve the use of the shape layers, remember to take into account the requests that have already been made:
To be able to lock and use label colors as for masks.
It should also be possible to move an element from one layer to another by drag and drop. It should also be possible to group without breaking the expressions. And when we group, the coordinates should be zero for the position and the anchor point and not create the same offset in both.
And take example on the exellent work of Overlord — Battle Axe for the interaction with Illlustrator. It's your software dammned it's up to you to do this work.
I would be happy just for the ability to translate AI text layers to editable text layers in After Effects. All my projects come in with dozens of text layers that I have to manually cut and paste between the apps. It's LONG OVERDUE.
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Chiming in WAY late to say that I applaud the concept, and am looking forward to its continued development. As someone who often builds intricate multi-path, multi-grouped nearly-a-whole-composition-inside-one-shape-layer kinds of madness, this definitely has a lot of limitations in its current state, but I know I'm not the user this is probably aimed at right now. 🙂
v22.2.0x91: Ungrouping (or further nesting) an existing group using hotkeys both kicks me an "internal verification failure" error, and straight-up deletes the previously-grouped elements. Happy to provide details if needed!