Adobe After Effects is Faster Than Ever

Accelerate your creativity with the latest release.

Adobe After Effects (version 17.0).

by Victoria Nece

posted on 11-04-2019

We know the pressure of increasing content velocity — the demand to produce more stuff, faster, for less money — is on your mind. It’s on ours too. We only had one goal for After Effects this time around: deliver a rock-solid, high-performance update that gets your mission-critical productions done in a timely manner.

What’s new in performance

Performance means many things to many people, from workflow efficiency to render times. But it all comes down to one thing: how fast can you get your work done?

That’s why our top performance priority is enhancing the rendering core. We’re starting at the end of the pipeline, with smooth, fluid playback of cached previews. The combination of CPU threading improvements and a new GPU architecture for pushing pixels to your screen means you can interact with the app while previewing in real time. After all, how can you make creative decisions if you can’t see what you’re working on?

There are lots of under-the-hood changes as well that should make things faster all around. But we’re not done yet! We’re going to continue to accelerate After Effects’ core in future releases. Stay tuned — we’ll share more information about where we’re heading (and how you can help us get there) soon.

Work with layered EXR files in After Effects.

And we didn’t just tackle performance at the core of the application. We’ve made some of our most-used features faster, too:

There are refinements designed to help you work more efficiently. New custom drop-down menus for expressions enable you to control layer properties with easy-to-read menus. Just like the slider, checkbox and color controls, they work in your compositions, with master properties, and with Motion Graphics templates, giving you and your colleagues a streamlined graphics editing experience. Combine drop-down menus with text style expressions to control the text formatting on multiple layers in one place.

Author Motion Graphics templates in After Effects that streamline the graphics workflow in Premiere Pro and ensure visual consistency. Your editor will love you.

Updated Cinema 4D

The new release of After Effects includes an updated version of Maxon Cinema 4D Lite (based on Cinema 4D Release 21). Use Cinema 4D Lite to create and import 3D content for After Effects projects. Add Cinema 4D content to After Effects projects just like footage; extract scene data, like cameras or 3D objects, which you can manipulate in After Effects.

The latest release of C4D Lite can be launched within After Effects and as a standalone application. New features include the caps and bevel tools for creating extruded text and splines with more personality. A new high-performance denoising filter improves visual quality and reduces rendering times. Cinema 4D gives After Effects users a great way to explore the exciting world of 3D motion graphics — including basic modeling, texturing, lighting, and animation.

Format and system support

After Effects offers new native support for Canon XF-HEVC, as well as import support for two legacy formats: Animation with delta frames and MJPEG. Plus, we’ve improved performance for 10-bit H.265 HD/UHD, HEVC HD/UHD, and ProRes files.

After Effects will now detect and alert you to any known issues with specific hardware or drivers being used on your computer, and help you update to ensure compatibility and optimum performance.

Check out the updates by downloading After Effects, and learn more about the latest Adobe video and audio releases.

Topics: News, Adobe MAX

Products: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Creative Cloud