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After Effects 18.4 is now available!

Hi everyone,

 

After Effects 18.4 is now available for download from the Creative Cloud desktop application. This release of After Effects includes security updates, performance improvements & several bug fixes.

 

What's fixed?

  • Fixed an issue that caused certain EXR footage to import incorrectly cropped.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Fast Draft that caused the buffer to not clear in certain cases when the next frame was drawn.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the overlays for Shapes/Masks to be offset by a pixel or two when zoomed in above 800%.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Transform Gizmo that prevented using it with Track Matte layer.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Transform Gizmo that caused Gizmo and POI to be incorrectly positioned after setting negative scale for a camera or light parent.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented assigning a keyboard shortcut for View > Look at all Layers.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented comp tool bar from honoring Cmd/Ctrl to share view options.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented n-up view layout setting for 3D comp to be retained when opening a saved project.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented comp tool bar Ground Plane switch to not honor Shared View Options settings.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented right click in non active n-up view to switch activation for bringing up the corresponding context sensitive menu.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented non-uniformly scaled layer to uniformly scale.
  • Fixed an issue causing some JPEG images to fail to load from older projects

To check out bug fixes for earlier versions, visit the Fixed Issues page.

 

How to update After Effects to version 18.4?

Open the Creative Cloud desktop application and click the Updates tab on the top-left. Find After Effects in the list and click Update.

If you don't see any update in the Creative Cloud desktop application, click Help > Check for Updates from the Creative Cloud desktop application to refresh it.

After Effects 18.2.1 is now live!

Hi community,

 

After Effects 18.2.1 is now available for download from the Creative Cloud desktop application. It's a bug-fix patch and provides updates to project loading to better handle corrupted files.

 

How to update After Effects to version 18.2.1?

Open the Creative Cloud desktop application and click the Updates tab on the top-left. Find After Effects in the list and click Update.

AE 18.2.1.png

I don't see the update in my Creative Cloud desktop application. What should I do?

Click Help > Check for Updates from the Creative Cloud desktop application to refresh it.

After Effects 18.2 is now available!

Hi friends,

 

After Effects 18.2 is now available for download from the Creative Cloud desktop application. This release of After Effects includes support for DirectX12 on Windows. DirectX12 now replaces OpenGL as the default display rendering technology for After Effects and Premiere Pro on Windows, providing a more modern codebase with improved stability and performance. In addition to that, many bugs have been fixed as well. 

 

What's fixed?

  • Fixed an issue that caused using the custom keyboard shortcuts from After Effects 18.0 in After Effects 18.1 to break the “V” hotkey for the Selection tool.
  • Fixed an issue with Real-Time 3D Draft Preview that caused compositions to render incorrectly when multiple compositions were opened in individual viewers with Draft 3D enabled.
  • Fixed an issue that caused panning using the Spacebar shortcut to not work in the Render Queue.
  • Fixed an issue with Real-Time 3D Draft Preview that caused the state to not be preserved when opening a saved project.
  • Fixed an issue that caused After Effects 2021 to create and utilize the “After Effects 2020” folder for User Presets, User Libraries, and User Videos.

 

To check out bug fixes for earlier versions, visit the Fixed Issues page.

 

How to update After Effects to version 18.2?

Open the Creative Cloud desktop application and click the Updates tab on the top-left. Find After Effects in the list and click Update.

AE 18.2.png

I don't see the update in my Creative Cloud desktop application. What should I do?

Click Help > Check for Updates from the Creative Cloud desktop application to refresh it.

FAQ: Dynamic link between After Effects and Adobe Media Encoder doesn't work. Next steps?

While rendering your After Effects project via Adobe Media Encoder, sometimes you might run into an issue where Adobe Media Encoder opens but the composition isn't added to the queue. Follow the troubleshooting steps given in this article to solve the problem: https://adobe.ly/2VenHZr

 

If the steps given in the article don't help you, we need to collect dynamic link logs from your computer and share them with the After Effects team. Please follow these steps on your computer and share the log files with any Adobe staffer in the community.

 

  1. In After Effects, choose Help > Enable Logging
  2. Restart After Effects and open your project that exhibits the problem
  3. Send your composition to Adobe Media Encoder
  4. After you have successfully replicated the problem, choose Help > Reveal Logging File in After Effects. A bunch of folders will open revealing different kinds of After Effects logs
  5. Look for the file named "LiveLink Log.txt"
  6. Upload the "LiveLink Log.txt" file to Adobe Creative Cloud and share the URL with us. Instructions here: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/share.html. Feel free to use any other file-sharing service if you want.

 

NOTE: Sharing the logs with the After Effects team doesn't assure an immediate fix. In some cases, you may get an immediate resolution while in others, it will help the After Effects team to get to the root of the problem and drive product enhancements.

How to understand the Fundamentals of After Effects

It's important to learn After Effects in a structured course before attempting to create things. I liken this to playing the piano. You have to learn the scales and what the notes are before you can learn to play a song.

 

Here's a great starting point for anyone using After Effects in their work. You should be comfortable with everything in this book before attempting to use it in your work. It's enormously helpful to help you understand the fundamentals of After Effects.

 

After Effects Apprentice

Resources for working remotely and learning After Effects

In order to make it easier for our community to work at home, we're taking several measures to minimize disruptions and make connecting with colleagues and clients easier during this time. We're very pleased to announce that all Creative Cloud Individual members can enjoy the benefits of our Team Projects service for Premiere Pro and After Effects at no additional cost.

 

How does Team Projects benefit me?

Team Projects allows motion graphics artists and editors to collaborate on the same Premiere Pro and After Effects projects while working from home. For detailed information and FAQ, read this blog post: https://theblog.adobe.com/adobe-offers-team-projects-to-premiere-pro-and-after-effects-users-with-a-creative-cloud-individual-license/

 

This work at home period also provides us with an opportunity to upskill ourselves. We can utilize this time to learn After Effects and other tools. For new and existing users, this can be a very productive time to go through the After Effects user guide and video tutorials.

After Effects user guide: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/user-guide.html

After Effects video tutorials: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/tutorials.html

 

RameezKhan_0-1588171033273.png

 

More resources for collaboration and security:

Adobe Pilots Certification Program for Video and Audio System Integrators

Working Remotely? Adobe Can Help

Adobe Video Partners Support Collaboration for Teams Working Remotely

The Premiere Pro Workflow for Quibi

Productions in Premiere Pro

Hardware advice from a noted hardware expert, Bob Zelin

Improve security for remote use

 

If you know other tools or resources for motion graphics artists that have been made available at a discounted price or for free, share them in the comments below.

 

Thanks,
Rameez

Adobe Employee , Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021
After Effects 18.4 is now available!

Hi everyone,

 

After Effects 18.4 is now available for download from the Creative Cloud desktop application. This release of After Effects includes security updates, performance improvements & several bug fixes.

 

What's fixed?

  • Fixed an issue that caused certain EXR footage to import incorrectly cropped.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Fast Draft that caused the buffer to not clear in certain cases when the next frame was drawn.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the overlays for Shapes/Masks to be offset by a pixel or two when zoomed in above 800%.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Transform Gizmo that prevented using it with Track Matte layer.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Transform Gizmo that caused Gizmo and POI to be incorrectly positioned after setting negative scale for a camera or light parent.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented assigning a keyboard shortcut for View > Look at all Layers.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented comp tool bar from honoring Cmd/Ctrl to share view options.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented n-up view layout setting for 3D comp to be retained when opening a saved project.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented comp tool bar Ground Plane switch to not honor Shared View Options settings.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented right click in non active n-up view to switch activation for bringing up the corresponding context sensitive menu.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that prevented non-uniformly scaled layer to uniformly scale.
  • Fixed an issue causing some JPEG images to fail to load from older projects

To check out bug fixes for earlier versions, visit the Fixed Issues page.

 

How to update After Effects to version 18.4?

Open the Creative Cloud desktop application and click the Updates tab on the top-left. Find After Effects in the list and click Update.

If you don't see any update in the Creative Cloud desktop application, click Help > Check for Updates from the Creative Cloud desktop application to refresh it.

Adobe Employee , Jun 08, 2021 Jun 08, 2021
After Effects 18.2.1 is now live!

Hi community,

 

After Effects 18.2.1 is now available for download from the Creative Cloud desktop application. It's a bug-fix patch and provides updates to project loading to better handle corrupted files.

 

How to update After Effects to version 18.2.1?

Open the Creative Cloud desktop application and click the Updates tab on the top-left. Find After Effects in the list and click Update.

AE 18.2.1.png

I don't see the update in my Creative Cloud desktop application. What should I do?

Click Help > Check for Updates from the Creative Cloud desktop application to refresh it.

Adobe Employee , May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021
After Effects 18.2 is now available!

Hi friends,

 

After Effects 18.2 is now available for download from the Creative Cloud desktop application. This release of After Effects includes support for DirectX12 on Windows. DirectX12 now replaces OpenGL as the default display rendering technology for After Effects and Premiere Pro on Windows, providing a more modern codebase with improved stability and performance. In addition to that, many bugs have been fixed as well. 

 

What's fixed?

  • Fixed an issue that caused using the custom keyboard shortcuts from After Effects 18.0 in After Effects 18.1 to break the “V” hotkey for the Selection tool.
  • Fixed an issue with Real-Time 3D Draft Preview that caused compositions to render incorrectly when multiple compositions were opened in individual viewers with Draft 3D enabled.
  • Fixed an issue that caused panning using the Spacebar shortcut to not work in the Render Queue.
  • Fixed an issue with Real-Time 3D Draft Preview that caused the state to not be preserved when opening a saved project.
  • Fixed an issue that caused After Effects 2021 to create and utilize the “After Effects 2020” folder for User Presets, User Libraries, and User Videos.

 

To check out bug fixes for earlier versions, visit the Fixed Issues page.

 

How to update After Effects to version 18.2?

Open the Creative Cloud desktop application and click the Updates tab on the top-left. Find After Effects in the list and click Update.

AE 18.2.png

I don't see the update in my Creative Cloud desktop application. What should I do?

Click Help > Check for Updates from the Creative Cloud desktop application to refresh it.

Adobe Employee , Feb 03, 2020 Feb 03, 2020
FAQ: Dynamic link between After Effects and Adobe Media Encoder doesn't work. Next steps?

While rendering your After Effects project via Adobe Media Encoder, sometimes you might run into an issue where Adobe Media Encoder opens but the composition isn't added to the queue. Follow the troubleshooting steps given in this article to solve the problem: https://adobe.ly/2VenHZr

 

If the steps given in the article don't help you, we need to collect dynamic link logs from your computer and share them with the After Effects team. Please follow these steps on your computer and share the log files with any Adobe staffer in the community.

 

  1. In After Effects, choose Help > Enable Logging
  2. Restart After Effects and open your project that exhibits the problem
  3. Send your composition to Adobe Media Encoder
  4. After you have successfully replicated the problem, choose Help > Reveal Logging File in After Effects. A bunch of folders will open revealing different kinds of After Effects logs
  5. Look for the file named "LiveLink Log.txt"
  6. Upload the "LiveLink Log.txt" file to Adobe Creative Cloud and share the URL with us. Instructions here: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/share.html. Feel free to use any other file-sharing service if you want.

 

NOTE: Sharing the logs with the After Effects team doesn't assure an immediate fix. In some cases, you may get an immediate resolution while in others, it will help the After Effects team to get to the root of the problem and drive product enhancements.

Guide , Mar 07, 2021 Mar 07, 2021
How to understand the Fundamentals of After Effects

It's important to learn After Effects in a structured course before attempting to create things. I liken this to playing the piano. You have to learn the scales and what the notes are before you can learn to play a song.

 

Here's a great starting point for anyone using After Effects in their work. You should be comfortable with everything in this book before attempting to use it in your work. It's enormously helpful to help you understand the fundamentals of After Effects.

 

After Effects Apprentice

Adobe Employee , Apr 21, 2020 Apr 21, 2020
Resources for working remotely and learning After Effects

In order to make it easier for our community to work at home, we're taking several measures to minimize disruptions and make connecting with colleagues and clients easier during this time. We're very pleased to announce that all Creative Cloud Individual members can enjoy the benefits of our Team Projects service for Premiere Pro and After Effects at no additional cost.

 

How does Team Projects benefit me?

Team Projects allows motion graphics artists and editors to collaborate on the same Premiere Pro and After Effects projects while working from home. For detailed information and FAQ, read this blog post: https://theblog.adobe.com/adobe-offers-team-projects-to-premiere-pro-and-after-effects-users-with-a-creative-cloud-individual-license/

 

This work at home period also provides us with an opportunity to upskill ourselves. We can utilize this time to learn After Effects and other tools. For new and existing users, this can be a very productive time to go through the After Effects user guide and video tutorials.

After Effects user guide: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/user-guide.html

After Effects video tutorials: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/tutorials.html

 

RameezKhan_0-1588171033273.png

 

More resources for collaboration and security:

Adobe Pilots Certification Program for Video and Audio System Integrators

Working Remotely? Adobe Can Help

Adobe Video Partners Support Collaboration for Teams Working Remotely

The Premiere Pro Workflow for Quibi

Productions in Premiere Pro

Hardware advice from a noted hardware expert, Bob Zelin

Improve security for remote use

 

If you know other tools or resources for motion graphics artists that have been made available at a discounted price or for free, share them in the comments below.

 

Thanks,
Rameez

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