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Scene Edit Detection available in After Effects (Beta) build 22.0x88 and later

Adobe Employee ,
Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021

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Hi everyone! We are very pleased to announce that Scene Edit Detection is now available in After Effects (Beta) starting in build 22.0x88.

 

Powered by Adobe Sensei, Scene Edit Detection automatically detects scene changes in an edited clip and creates scenes as markers or layers for a faster project setup. This makes it much quicker and easier to reuse part of an edited video clip, or apply motion graphics and visual effects to specific scenes. This feature was first released in Premiere Pro last year and now it has been brought to After Effects.

Using Scene Edit Detection

After adding footage to the Timeline in After Effects (Beta), select one or more footage layers and go to Layer > Scene Edit Detection or right-click and select Scene Edit Detection. You'll be shown a dialog with options to determine how the detected edits will be applied to the footage:

 

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  • If you choose "Create Layer Markers", the selected footage layers will have numbered Segmentation markers applied at each scene edit.
  • If you choose "Split Layer at Scene Edit", the selected footage layers will be split so that each scene will be on a separate layer in the Timeline. When using this option, you can also choose "Create Pre-comps" to have each resulting layer pre-composed. In the Project panel, these new pre-comps will be placed in a folder matching the footage layer's name, which will be nested inside a "Scene Edit Detection" folder to help keep your project organized.

Click OK after choosing an option to run Scene Edit Detection on the selected layers.

 

Additional Changes

  • Layer Markers now can be assigned a type, either Comment or Segmentation. Each type has a default label color associated with it. The default label color for each type can be customized in Preferences > Labels... Markers created by Scene Edit Detection are created as Segmentation markers.

 

Limitations

  • Scene Edit Detection can only be run on video footage; it cannot be run on pre-comps or other layer types.
  • Scene Edit Detection cannot be run on Time-Remapped footage.

Providing Feedback

Any and all feedback is welcome. It would be particularly great to hear your thoughts on the following:

  • Please try out as much real-world footage as possible. Are there any clips that we fail to detect cuts on? If so, would you be willing to share the footage with us?
  • Are the given options for applying cuts useful? Are there any additional options you would like provided for applying detected cuts?
  • Scene Edit Detection also works with Time Stretched/Time-Reversed footage. Is this useful? Are the results what you expect?

Thank you all in advance for any feedback you can provide!

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Sep 17, 2021 Sep 17, 2021

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Hi @JohnColombo, I tried some clips one of which was an animated movie with clearly differentiated scenes. Does this feature not work on ilustrated/animated clips?

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 17, 2021 Sep 17, 2021

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Hi @Rene Andritsch,

In general, yes, scenes in animated or illustrated content should be detected, with the caveat that the scenes must be separated by hard cuts. Dissolves or other smooth scene changes will not be detected since there isn't usually a specific frame that can be considered the scene change. Are the scenes separated by hard cuts? Would you be able to share the problematic clips with us?

Thanks for any further info,

- John, After Effects Engineering Team

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Sep 18, 2021 Sep 18, 2021

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@JohnColombo yes I could share the clip as it has hard cuts in my opinion that are not recognized. Which e-mail address should I send it to as the clip should not be seen by the public.

I think it would be good for users to get a note by AE that no cuts could be detected in the analyzed video instead of getting no feedback at all after the analysis. Especially for longer clips if you leave your workplace and come back and seemingly nothing has happened.

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Mar 30, 2022 Mar 30, 2022

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Does anyone know when this will be available in the full AE suite? Or how I can access it now? 

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May 19, 2022 May 19, 2022

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I don't know when they added it but I just tried it for the first time with the latest official version (no beta). Rightclick any video and choose the option on the very bottom. Worked like a charm in my case (had no transitions in the video).

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Jul 04, 2022 Jul 04, 2022

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using a pproj as my footage so that it's still editable - doesn't work, analysizes but creates no markers anywhere. It works for me with exported mp4, so it's Ok as a feature, but disappointing it doesn't see the cuts from pproj via dynamic link, as thought that be easier for it, as it could check the pproj for the edits.

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