After Effects CC In-Depth: UI Changes, Bug Fixes, and Other Improvements

by Tim Kurkoski

posted on 11-22-2016

This year at Adobe MAX, we released After Effects CC 2017 (14.0), which features a variety of performance and workflow enhancements.

In this article, we’re sharing more detail about changes to the user interface, bug fixes, and many other small improvements.

Please, if you want to ask questions about these new and changed features, come on over to the After Effects Forums. That’s the best place for questions. Questions left in comments on a blog post are much harder to work with; the blog comment system just isn’t set up for conversations. If you’d like to submit feature requests or bug reports, you can do so here.

User Interface Enhancements

The After Effects user interface has been updated to a new design with improved functionality. User interface elements, including icons and buttons, are now vector graphics that draw smoothly at any scale factor on high resolution monitors, such as Apple Retina displays.

Other user interface improvements:

Native Export of Avid DNxHD/HR Codec QuickTime Files

After Effects CC 2017 can now export QuickTime files that use the Avid DNxHD and DNxHR codecs, without needing to install the Avid codecs package, and without assistance from QuickTime 7 on Windows, or the Adobe QT32 Server process on macOS.

DNxHD and DNxHR settings can be changed in the QuickTime Options dialog (click the Format Options button in the Output Module dialog). You can select the flavor of DNxHD or DNxHR (e.g., HQX, HQ, SQ, etc.) and/or enable alpha channel encoding.

Native export of DNxHD and DNxHR does not currently support compressed alpha channels.

Native import of DNxHD and DNxHR codec QuickTime files was included in a previous release. Native import of DNxHR does not currently support compressed alpha channels in resolution-free DNxHR flavors (HQX 10-bit, HQ 8-bit, SQ 8-bit, LB 8-bit).

Maxon CINEWARE 3.1.18 Plug-In

The Maxon CINEWARE plug-in has been updated to version 3.1.18. Changes include:

Other Changes

Notable Bug Fixes

Topics: Video & Audio

Products: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Creative Cloud