New After Effects Format Support and Memory Improvements
New format support and memory improvements for VR workflows. Plus a few fixes along the way.
by Victoria Nece
posted on 01-23-2018
The latest update to Adobe After Effects CC includes more than fifty bug fixes, as well as new format support and memory improvements for VR workflows. It is a recommended update for all users.
New Format Support
This update includes support for three new formats across After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder:
Variable frame rate video with audio sync
Footage recorded with a variable frame rate, such as from screen capture software or video shot on mobile phones, now maintains audio sync when played back or exported.
ARRI ALEXA Mini MXF/ARRIRAW
Footage captured by the ARRI ALEXA Mini camera in MXF/ARRIRAW format (ARRIRAW codec in an MXF container file) can now be imported.
HEVC (H.265) QuickTime
HEVC (also known as H.265) codec footage in a QuickTime (.MOV) container, such as produced by an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 or a DJI Phantom 4 drone, can now be imported into After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder.
Work with higher-resolution VR footage with lower GPU memory requirements through more efficient cubemap layout. The Create VR Environment and Extract Cubemap tools now generate the intermediate cubemap in 3:2 format instead of 4:3 format, enabling 6K VR (monoscopic) workflows at medium quality on GPUs with only 4GB of memory.
Key Bug Fixes
- After Effects no longer crashes when you copy shape layer data from mocha AE CC or mocha Pro.
- Parameter values no longer overlap in the Timeline panel on Windows when display scaling is set to 150 percent.
- Context menus now work in undocked panels on a secondary monitor on mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra).
- Keyboard shortcuts assigned to commands generated by plug-ins now work on Windows.
- The recent fonts list at the top of the font menu in the Character panel is no longer missing.
- The sourceData and sourceText expression attributes now correctly decode Unicode characters in JSON files.
- Expression-heavy compositions no longer render more slowly than After Effects 14.2.1.
- DNxHD and DNxHR codec QuickTime files exported with alpha no longer have a dark halo in the alpha channel.
- QuickTime or AVI files exported via the render queue will no longer be missing the last frame if you have selected a codec that is not native to After Effects and the project is set to Mercury GPU Acceleration.
- XML project files (.aepx) saved in a previous version of After Effects no longer open with all effect names removed and all masks renamed to “Mask”.
- If the Media Cache location is set to the root directory of a drive, Premiere Pro 12.0.1 no longer fails to load a Motion Graphics template created by After Effects or shows a warning that After Effects needs to be installed.
Products: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Creative Cloud