Learn about new features and enhancements in the November 2019 release of After Effects (version 17.0).
Adobe recommends backing up all of your projects and media before updating the app.
To avoid compatibility issues, install the new version alongside your existing After Effects installations. This allows you to migrate projects to version 17.0 at your own pace. Creative Cloud allows for auto-updates of the Adobe apps, but this feature is not recommended for video users.
Check the System requirements to confirm that your hardware supports the latest version of After Effects.
This release of After Effects offers threading improvements which give a sharper and quicker preview playback. You can also leverage the new GPU-accelerated display system core to achieve accurate view of your designs without breaking your creative flow. GPU rendering enhances the preview playback performance, and gives you clear, and more detailed real-time preview of your project.
For more information about getting the best out of After Effects, see Basics of GPU in After Effects.
You can now import layered EXR (OpenEXR Bitmap) files as compositions into After Effects to make the compositing process faster. Importing EXR files allows you to apply multiple effects to composition layers without going through a complex setup process first. You can work with each layer individually and apply effects to make your renders look more natural in their environment. Improved performance makes working with large files more responsive.
This release of After Effects offers improved responsiveness when working with shapes to speed up creative iteration. With improved access to grouping controls, it is easier to navigate and manage large numbers of shapes.
This release of After Effects has multiple graphics and text enhancements.
When creating Motion Graphics templates, you can now use the Dropdown Menu Control effect to hook up properties of layers in your project to a drop-down list. In the earlier versions, you hooked up properties of a layer to sliders and checkboxes to drive animations within your project. But now you can share sliders and checkboxes as editable controls that allows other editors to change their properties in Premiere Pro.
However, for more complex and lengthy animations, sliders and checkboxes might not always be intuitive. This menu makes it easy to adjusts multiple settings at once and design templates that are easier for editors in Premiere Pro.
For more information, see Use expressions to create drop-down lists in Motion Graphics templates.
You can now use expressions to make global changes to text properties in your project. When you work with any text expressions and mogrts, the new expressions can control the text styling and the text itself. For example, your project has main and end titles, and you want a uniform text styling throughout. For this, use expressions to link the titles together, and update their styling at once. Reference properties of a single text layer to easily apply changes throughout the composition. This enables you to keep the font, size, and styling in sync across multiple text layers in After Effects and mogrts.
For more information, see Accessing text properties with expressions.
For more information, see Create Motion Graphics templates with Essential Graphics panel.
This release of After Effects offers the following expression improvements:
For more information, see Expression Editor.
New format support includes Canon XF-HEVC. Experience better playback when working with 10-bit H.265 HD/UHD and HEVC HD/UHD files. Improved ProRes decoding performance is also available. Plus, access legacy QuickTime files with new native support for MJPEG and Animation codec files with delta frames.
For more information, see Supported file formats | After Effects.
This release of After Effects introduces the new Cinema 4D Lite R21. Here are the details:
For more information, see Cinema 4D and Cineware.
Remove unwanted objects from your video faster and more efficiently with the new performance improvements, and reduced memory usage.
For more information, see Remove objects from your video with the Content-Aware Fill panel.