Fixed issues in After Effects

We heard you! We have been hard at work fixing issues in the latest release of After Effects.

Bugs fixed in the August 2021 release (version 18.4.1)

Fixed an issue that prevented pasting into text layers from other applications.

Bugs fixed in the July 2021 release (version 18.4)

  • 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.

Bugs fixed in the June 2021 release (version 18.2.1)

Updates to project loading to better handle corrupted files.

Bugs fixed in the May 2021 release (version 18.2)

  • Fixed an issue that caused After Effects 2021 to create and utilize “After Effects 2020” folder for User Presets, User Libraries, and User Videos.
  • 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 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 space bar shortcut to not work in the render queue.  
  • 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 Selection tool.

Bugs fixed in the April 2021 release (version 18.1)

  • Fixed an issue that could cause After Effects to crash when copying layers using Linear Color key.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that caused spring loaded “C” and “V” keys to not work correctly.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that caused “Shift+C” and “Shift+V” to not cycle through the camera tool options and gizmo modes respectively.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Scene Navigation that caused camera tools to not activate when all 3D layer’s visibility switches were toggled on/off.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Transform Gizmo that caused light gizmo and wireframes rotation to not respond to expression.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Transform Gizmo that caused it to draw with incorrect proportion when changing composition pixel aspect ratio.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Transform Gizmo that caused layer to incorrectly rotate in World and View Axis mode when rotating in X, Y or Z by gizmo in rotation mode.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Transform Gizmo that caused gizmo and camera or light axis to jump when adding a parent with rotation or negative scale.  
  • Fixed an issue with Draft 3D preview that caused the viewport to not refresh on Windows if the project is set to Mercury Software and the composition has a transparent background.
  • Fixed an issue where the right-most column of pixels in a composition preview could display incorrectly. 
  • Fixed an issue where links in the After Effects Help menu did not point to the correct location
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a matted layer to be hidden when a GPU-enabled effect was used on a lower layer.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a color shift when converting some Illustrator files to shapes.
  • Fixed an issue where pressing Escape would not revert the original expression after replacing an expression using the pick whip in the Graph Editor.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a pick-whipped expression reference to be inserted at the start of the expression when using the pick whip to replace an expression that is visible in the Graph Editor expression field.
  • Fixed an issue when importing TIFF files that contain pixels with zero alpha.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Render Queue log files to be created while exporting a single item when logging level was set to Errors Only.

Bugs fixed in the Win-only March 2021 release (version 18.0.1)

On Windows only, fixed a crash when closing a Timeline panel when After Effects is running on an external monitor with multiple timeline windows open.

Bugs fixed in the March 2021 release (version 18.0)

  • Fixed an issue with the Levels and Shift Channels Effect that caused rendering differences between Mercury Software and Mercury GPU modes.
  • Fixed an issue where ScriptUI embedded panels would cause AE to crash when selecting ‘Use Legacy UI’ option. 
  • Fixed an issue where mask and shape paths may result in low resolution Bezier splines. 
  • Fixed an issue with Roto Brush where the propagation of the mask may occur multiple times.
  • Fixed an issue with the Expression Editor that caused mismatched parentheses when pick-whipping or pasting between closed parentheses.
  • Fixed an issue where the Dropdown Effect Control could only be applied once per layer.
  • Fixed various issues with Roto Brush when propagating mask changes in multiple clips in a single composition at the same time.
  • Fixed an issue that caused AE to crash when using Auto-trace with Camera or Light layers.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the color picker or eye dropper to fail to pick color on Windows when using secondary monitor.
  • Fixed an issue that caused CEP panels to not draw properly on Windows if changing display scale while the app was running. 
  • Fixed an issue that caused ‘New Composition’ and ‘ New Composition From Footage’ text in an empty composition and layer window to scale correctly.
  • Fixed an issue that caused alternate toolbar options to display incorrectly on Windows when using secondary monitor.
  • Fixed an issue with the Graph Editor that caused all text in the Expression Editor to be highlighted when reverting changes using Escape key. 
  • Fixed an issue with Graph Editor that caused ‘(No selected properties have expressions)’ message to show up in the expression editor when committing a change the expression.
  • Fixed an issue where Create Shapes from Vector Layer could cause color shifts when project working space was different from source working space.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Radiance.8BI footage to fail to import on Windows.
  • Fixed an issue that caused AE to become unresponsive when importing footage while concurrently previewing a composition on Windows.
  • Fixed an issue that caused UI drawn into the Effect Parameter Title area to not be displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where an error would be shown unexpectedly when using output path templates (“The directory originally specified in the selected output module no longer exists”).
  • Overall improvements to After Effects when using a Hi-DPI monitor. 

Bugs fixed in After Effects version 17.x

  • 3D Reference Axis colors now match the 3D gizmo.
  • 3D Reference Axes are now on by default. To disable them, click on the Grid and Guide Options button at the bottom of the Composition panel.
  • Fixed an issue with 3D Transform Gizmo that caused gizmo components to render overlapped when using negative scale.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented dragging to reorder more than one effect at a time in the Effect Controls panel.
  • Fixed an issue that caused tools at the bottom of Lumetri Scopes panel to be clipped on a HiDPI Windows system.
  • Fixed an issue with Content Aware Fill that caused a color shift in generated fill layers when switching Project Working Space from ProPhoto RGB to Rec.709 Gamma 2.4.
  • Fixed an issue in the Content Aware Fill options where the lighting correction checkbox would show as checked when a Fill Method that didn’t support lighting correction was selected.
  • Fixed an issue with Content Aware Fill when using 16bpc projects.
  • Fixed an issue where CMYK files may shift colors unexpectedly when the Project Working Space is linearized, or using a non-display-style color profile.
  • Fixed an issue where an Alpha channel dialog may display incorrectly when importing a CMYK Photoshop file.
  • Fixed an issue where expression edits made in the Graph Editor were not applied consistently.

3D Scene Navigation

  • Fixed an issue that caused the mouse cursor to change to the camera tool instead of zoom out when holding the option key with zoom tool is selected.
  • Fixed an issue that caused incorrect camera manipulation point for overlapping layers in Z-axis.
  • Fixed an issue that caused an error when panning in the same position as POI.

3D Transform Gizmo

  • Fixed an issue that prevented using gizmo with scale zero.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the scale readout UI to overlap when scaling down.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a layer to tilt in the wrong plane if pressing shift while dragging rotation handle on reoriented layer.
  • Fixed an issue that caused light and camera gizmo components to render overlapped.

Other bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue with Color Management that caused ‘Use Display Color Management’ to not be enabled by default when setting project working space.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a crash when using Key Cleaner with HDR footage.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause an expression to be replaced instead of appending when using expression or property pick-whip.
  • Fixed an issue with Roto Brush that caused incorrect propagation cached markings to show up when switching layers in the Layer panel.  
  • Fixed an issue that caused longer load times for projects with compositions that have more than a hundred layers.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Roto Brush modified span bar duration to reset when adding a stroke.
  • Fixed an issue that caused drag operations such as moving panels within a workspace or repositioning guide lines to not work properly on Mac, after changing the display resolution in System Preferences.
  • Fixed an issue with Essential properties that caused an error when duplicating a master property group in the timeline.
  • Fixed an issue with Essential properties that caused a master property name to increment when duplicating it.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the app window to open larger than the monitors screen size if the ‘ModifiedWorkspaces’ folder was deleted.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a panel to not show at the correct height when undocking it from a stacked panel group.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a panels snap points to be incorrect when display scale was greater than 100%.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the bounding box handles for selected shape groups, paragraph text, and motion tracker points to not draw at the correct size when the monitor resolution is scaled.
  • Fixed an issue that caused snapping to be not accurate when using the graph editor.
  • Fixed an issue that caused adjacent Bezier keyframes with zero velocity and same values to not cache properly.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the app to crash when using Boris Reactor plugin with a no audio footage.
  • Fixed an issue that caused scripting of Render Queue crop attributes to swap right and bottom values.
  • Fixed an issue that caused dragging the current-time indicator (CTI) to leave black trails at certain display scales.

3D Transform Gizmo

  • Fixed an issue that caused the camera and light wireframes and position paths to draw incorrectly for some view angles.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the 3D Transform Gizmo to disappear when using the rotate tool.
  • Fixed an issue that caused an error when using large layer scale value with Rotation Gizmo.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a crash when setting X-scale to zero.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the UI element of Rotate Gizmo to draw when layer is out of view.
  • Fixed an issue that caused drawing problems in comp panel when using a Custom View.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Gizmo size to be relatively large or small depending on the size of the comp.
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong rotation values could be shown when using View Axis modes.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Z-scale to not work when using the transform gizmo in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the UI showing how far you have moved an element to overlap with other UI elements unexpectedly.

3D Scene Navigation

  • Fixed an issue that caused all the camera keyframes to be removed when resetting camera.
  • Fixed an issue that caused an error when dollying camera in same position as POI.  
  • Fixed an issue that prevented using Option/Alt key as tool modifier key on 2D layer in a 3D comp.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented keyboard shortcut Alt/Option to not engage wireframes interactions in 2D comps.

Other bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused After Effects to crash when creating a new layer viewer while paint tool is selected. 
  • Fixed an issue that caused After Effects to freeze when moving the cursor over a footage panel with pen tool selected.  
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Linear color key controls to disappear when using the effects own color picker in the comp panel.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a black dialog window to pop up in case of a mismatch between Operating Systems locale and CCD installer app language.
  • Fixed an issue that caused QuickTime DNxHR files generated via Avid Media Composer's Universal Media Engine to import as audio-only.
  • Fixed an issue that caused all-black frames when exporting a comp to QuickTime with the Avid DNxHR 444 codec with an alpha channel.
  • Fixed an issue that caused import to fail for Quick Time ProRes files.
  • Fixed an issue that caused garbage pixels when exporting a comp to QuickTime DNxHR 444 with uncompressed alpha.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Content Aware Fill PNG export files to be large.
  • Fixed an issue with Essential Graphics Panel that caused a crash when closing the Edit Properties dialog.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the render to fail when running aerender from CMD.
  • Fixed an issue that caused AERenderCore to not terminate when quitting the app in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue that caused memory error when rendering AI files in “More Accurate” mode.
  • Fixed an issue that caused AMD integrated GPUs to not be used for effect rendering in higher resolution comps.
  • Fixed an issue where After Effects was crashing on launch or threw a "File is not found" error message when opening images with Camera Raw 13.0. This was caused due to OS incompatibility of Adobe Camera Raw 13.0 with macOS 10.13.
  • Fixed an issue where After Effects would frequently crash during playback or while idle in the background.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a crash when changing a drop-down list value in the Essential Graphics panel.
  • Fixed an issue where After Effects could hang when reading from the disk cache while in low memory situations.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a crash when trying to use hotkeys and shortcuts before creating a composition.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a crash when switching between layer and comp viewer while ‘Content Aware Fill’ was generating Fill Layer.
  • Fixed an issue with motion graphic texts that caused incorrect rendering for South Asian Languages.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Adobe Media Encoder to hang when trying to render comps from After Effects.
  • Fixed several caching related issues that caused cache markings to not update or even purge in some situations.
  • The tool tip no longer flickers when you hold the cursor over the time ruler in the Timeline panel.
  • Master Properties again retain their custom names when viewed in the Timeline.
  • Fixed an issue with the Transform Gizmo where the rotation tool is too sensitive and erratic.
  • The Create Shapes from Vector Layer command is now disabled for Illustrator layers if the source file is missing.
  • Bug fixes for the Median effect when rendering transparent pixels: alpha channel edges render correctly in 32-bpc color, and layers that are completely transparent no longer return an error message, “Photoshop Library operation failed”.
  • Fixed an issue where using shape stroke taper was generating a spike at start and end points.
  • Fixed an issue with Master Properties that was causing the push and pull buttons to be grayed out after keyframe interpolation changes.
  • Fixed an issue where adding dropdown menu items to existing Motion Graphics templates and replacing in Premiere Pro was resetting previous selections.
  • Fixed an issue in Echo effect, where it could produce garbage pixels in output.
  • Added 32 bpc support for Set Channel, Channel Combiner, Shift Channel and MiniMax.
  • Improved EXR performance: Multi-part and multi-channel EXR files preview up to 3x faster.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when creating a composition using a CSV file containing Chinese characters.
  • Fixed an issue where the status info along the bottom of the Render Queue Panel was not appearing at non-100% display scale. 
  • Fixed a bug where previews could not be stopped during playback.
  • Fixed an issue where Markers could not be referenced by name in the JavaScript Expressions Engine.
  • Fixed an issue with Roto Brush where Refine Edge strokes failed to morph and adapt to changes in footage over time.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur if a script attempts to display a dialog box when you switch workspaces. 
  • Fixed an issue so that clicking on a property’s “Include in graph editor” button no longer causes a “Could not convert to Unicode” error when After Effects is run in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. 
  • Fixed crashes related to using South East Asian languages in a composition.  
  • Fixed an import issue where Illustrator REC709 files were incorrectly interpreted as sRGB.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing custom preview thumbnails created in the Essential Graphics Panel to appear black when duplicating the composition.  
  • Fixed an issue where tapered strokes were generating the wrong start and end edge for ellipse shapes when using modified trim path values.
  • Fixed an issue with tapered strokes where the inner corners were torn or pinched incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue on Apple hardware where the composition panel could fail to display correctly when the GPU driver failed to initialize.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing After Effects compositions being used with Dynamic Link, such as Adobe Media Encoder, Premiere Pro, when certain plugins were used in the composition.
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong version of an After Effects composition would be rendered by Adobe Media Encoder when the composition was edited after being added to Adobe Media Encoder.
  • Fixed an issue to allow negative values for the CompItem.displayStartTime and CompItem.displayStartFrame scripting attributes so we match the valid range allowed when setting the Start Timecode in the Composition Settings Dialog (-3:00:00:00 to 23:59:00:00).
  • Fixed an issue with Dynamic Link where a composition with certain effect plugins would not appear in the Adobe Media Encoder queue.
  • Fixed an issue with the Time Navigator Bar to work as expected when working with time-reversed layers.
  • Fixed ability to sync settings in menus and through Home Screen.
  • Fixed an issue to make sure that the composition preview remains in position while resizing comp panel during playback.
  • Fixed an issue for the mask tracker text misalignment.
  • Fixed an issue with VR Rendering on Metal.
  • Fixed an issue with Expression editor to auto-complete ‘timeToFrames’ function.
  • Fixed an issue with Tint Effect to show correct values in 8-bit or 16-bit when swapping colors.
  • Fixed an issue where when you rename a layered file used by your project, such as PSD file imported as a comp, re-linking one layer now automatically relinks all layers of the file. 
  • Fixed a crash on Mac hardware that does not support Metal. OpenGL is no longer used to display on these systems.
  • Fixed an issue to ensure that all Premiere Pro keyframes are imported into After Effects correctly, including those on clips that were shifted forward in time.
  • Fixed a crash on Mac that could occur when a text field is in edit mode and the cursor hovers over other UI elements.
  • Fixed an issue where After Effects does not startup when a folder that After Effects needs to read is readable only by the root user on Mac. This bug was impacting the use of software such as Faronics Deep Freeze.
  • Fixed an issue that causes an importer error when importing H.264 Mac OS Mojave screen recording clip.
  • Fixed an issue for Windows that causes CIDFont, CMap and Font subfolders to appear in the same folder as the After Effects Project when double-clicking an .aep project file to launch the app and open a project.
  • Fixed an issue with modified data files (JSON, CSV, TSV) not being used when compositions are exported via Adobe Media Encoder.
  • Fixed an issue specific to XDCAM HD 422 file that causes artifacts when exporting as MPEG2 CBR50.
  • Fixed an issue specific to H.264 120 fps files that show red frame at the end of the file.
  • Improved performance for importing H.264 files created by Open Broadcaster Software (OBS – Screen Recording).
  • Fixed an issue where a time stretched composition could cause After Effects to show an error, overflow converting ratio denominators (17::19) when queueing the comp to Adobe Media Encoder.
  • Resolve out of bounds read security issue. See security update bulletin ID ASPB20-21.
  • Add support for accurate half-NTSC frame rate (14.985 fps).
  • Fixed an issue where pressing the Escape key while editing text in the Dropdown Menu dialog crashes After Effects.
  • Fixed an issue where ProRes HDR footage that is graded and/or mastered in P3 was not using the correct color management workspace.
  • Fixed an issue where the Link Focus to Layer command produced an expression that did not work with the JavaScript expression engine.
  • Shift Channels effect can now utilize the GPU for processing.
  • Projects saved in After Effects 17.0.4 containing rotoscope data open in After Effects 17.0.1 without causing a missing data error.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using scripting or, drag and drop of a file into a project. 
  • Fixed an error, “After Effects Error: zero denominator in ratio multiply. ( 17 :: 17 )” that may show after opening the Render Queue window.
  • Fixed an issue where a comp may display twice in the preview window when no dedicated GPU is available or detected.
  • Removed the Pro Import After Effects plug-in on MacOS. For more information, see Pro Import plug-in is missing on macOS.
  • Fixed the Dropdown Menu Control Effect where new items are not added when in active text edit mode.
  • Enabled 32-bpc support for Minimax effect.
  • Additional fixes for corrupted rendering on 16” MacBook Pro.
  • Installing or Uninstalling After Effects no longer removes or overwrites newer Cinema 4D versions installed independently of After Effects.
  • A project saved in After Effects 17.0.1 containing Rotoscope data would not open and would show an error related to Missing Data.
  • On macOS, an issue can occur when the comp window is on a different physical display than the timeline window and the first click on the comp window would not allow selection of items in the comp.
  • After Effects crashes when using puppet and clicking on an intersecting outline in certain situations.
  • Added support for 11.988 fps as a standard import/export rate. Previously, clips imported or exported at this FPS rate may have a duplicated first frame.
  • Updated OpenEXR suite of plug-ins to fix a number of issues identified after 17.0 release:
    • IDentifier: Improper keyframed effect properties are allowed.
    • EXtractoR: Error and crash previewing with keyframed effect properties, Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Assertion failed, Expression: FALSE
    • Cryptomatte: Error and crash previewing with keyframed effect properties, Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Assertion failed, Expression: FALSE
    • Cryptomatte: incorrect rendering and target selection when layer bounds are outside comp.
  • Fixed the error message - "No valid color space in VideoFrameHeader" when Character Animator dynamic-link scene is rendered in AE with conversion to Rec. 709 set to True.
  • Improved use of the GPU during preview display.
  • Various improvements to preview panning and zooming while playing back a comp.
  • Fixed an issue where wrong line numbers would be displayed related to errors in JavaScript expressions.
  • Content Aware fill now supports Unicode characters in Fill folder path.

General stability, usability, and performance

  • Fixed an issue where using the arrow keys to scroll through fonts in the character panel do not show a live preview on the selected text layer. 
  • Updates for OpenEXR and Cryptomatte to fix a number of bugs.
  • Can't open Cryptomatte effect modal settings dialog when launching with fresh preferences.
  • Cryptomatte effect Layer settings popup is blank by default.
  • Changing Cryptomatte effect Layer setting after making selection does not display warning.
  • Save Frame As ProEXR does not update the default name in the save dialog.
  • Fixed an issue where opening the layer preview window may show up blank. This may occur if a project has been saved on Windows, then opened on macOS. 
  • Fixed an issue where the I and O keys may not work as keyboard shortcuts.
  • Fixed an issue where After Effects may show a leaked memory warning on quit.
  • Fixed Cartoon effect that may show corrupted or unexpected artifacts on some frames or after a purge of memory cache.
  • Fixed a problem setting PWS through scripting where a requested profile may not be set.
  • Fixed master properties not animating unless the original property is animated.
  • Fixed an issue where shift-rescaling will incorrectly flip the layer if the layer has previously been flipped.
  • Fixed an issue where the UI becomes unresponsive because the auto-save folder could not be created or is read-only.
  • Fixed an issue where random characters may appear in Undo/Redo History when moving Footage to the Composition by drag and drop.
  • Fixed an issue with GPU Drop Shadow effect that may cause hardware preview playback to stop.
  • Fixed Dropdown Menu expression control effect duplicates not appearing in the correct order.
  • Fixed an issue where audio may be muted when an audio-only preview is started.
  • Restored default behavior of 16.x when dealing with YCC footage to be the full range Rec. 709 profile (Compensate is on).
  • Fixed marquee selection in Warp Stabilizer tracking points not working correctly when not at 100% zoom.
  • Fixed an issue where Colorama color picker may not pick the correct color.
  • Fixed an issue where the timeline panel may become unresponsive during preview.
  • Fixed an application hang that could occur if the timeline CTI was set to a negative time by an expression or script.
  • Fixed an issue where the color workspace may not be honored between Adobe Media Encoder and After Effects.
  • Fixed an issue where Pseudoeffect properties being used as Master Properties are zeroed out and keyframes removed on project open. If you have a project with this issue, you need to:
    • Start After Effects
    • Open the project
    • Clear any errors
    • Close the project, but not After Effects
    • Open the project again
    • Save the project
    • Close After Effects
    • Open After Effects and the project and the error should be gone.

Render and export

  • Fixed a rendering issue where Mac hardware built before mid-2012 would show either a static preview or duplicate previews (one static, one animating).
  • Fixed a rendering issue with Roughen Edges that may show additional content outside the bounds of a shape layer.
  • Fixed a rendering issue with the new 16” Macbook Pro that would show a corrupted preview. 
  • Fixed crash on macOS launch if the hardware does not support Metal rendering.
  • Fixed hardware rendering issue on partially occluded small frames with large zoom.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when rendering a comp to Adobe Media Encoder when the encoder preset was trying to match the source quality for its settings.
  • Fixed a rendering issue with time remapped comps.
  • Fixed a crash when rendering certain motion graphic templates in Premiere Pro on Windows using CUDA rendering.
  • Improved the rendering of frames when changing zoom level while a preview is playing back. If the comp quality is set to Auto, the preview can still show an incorrectly sized comp for a frame or two. Setting the comp quality to full or half, etc. will resolve this issue.

Crash

  • Cryptomatte crashes with no layer selection in the effect settings dialog.
  • Fixed a crash where Colorama color picker would crash on macOS 10.15.
  • Fixed a potential crash when using macOS 10.15.1 and purging cache memory.
  • Fixed crash that may occur when applying a motion graphic template to a Premiere Pro timeline when the fonts needed weren’t synchronized. 
  • Fixed crash on macOS launch if the hardware does not support Metal rendering.
  • Fixed crash that may occur while an error dialog was trying to be shown.
  • Fixed unstable puppet engine crash when in a semi-untessellated state.
  • Fixed random noise and crashes when using Shadow Diffusion in a Classic 3D comp.
  • Fixed an error or crash when using the Mask Tracker in Perspective Mode.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using special characters in a drop-down control in the Essential Graphics Panel. 
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when preview playback is below real time and the comp contains audio.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when rendering a comp to Adobe Media Encoder when the encoder preset was trying to match the source quality for its settings.
  • Fixed a crash that might occur when a scrollbar is clicked in a panel that doesn’t have overflowing content.
  • Fixed a crash that may occur when shape overlays are enabled in the comp window.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur on macOS when clicking and scrubbing in the timecode edit control in the timeline window.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening a project in a situation where After Effects has multiple importers to handle the file type.
  • After Effects can crash if the OS changes the number of active CPU cores available to After Effects after the program starts.
  • When using Dynamic Link with Character Animator, macOS 10.14 and 10.15 do not correctly ask for permission to use the microphone and camera within After Effects. This only occurs once now.
  • Fixed crashes related to zooming in and out while previewing.
  • Fixed a bug where 3D extrusion of text or shapes could be drawn with incorrect meshes.
  • Various scripts built into After Effects such as VR environment, and Trace Path are not working correctly in non-Latin languages.
  • Fixed keys such as I, O and C not being able to be reassigned in the Keyboard Shortcut system.
  • Updated the CyCore plug-in suite with following fixes:
    • CC Overbrights: Better behavior when no over bright pixels present. Fixed alpha consistency between options, and changed the default view option to RGB Clip.
    • CC PixelPolly: Always depth sorted.
    • CC Cylinder: New Rotation Order control (Same as in CC Sphere). Select an axis combination. This selection is now used  to rotate the cylinder when using the Rotation control.
    • CC Vignette: Smartfx layer transform issues.
    • CC LightBurst: Layer resize issues.
    • CC Drizzle: Uninitiated output pixels on area sample overflow with small layers.
    • CC Hair: Minor light calculation error.
  • Fixed crash that can occur when you output PSD sequence from the render queue.
  • Fixed crash that can occur when you use certain plugins with a comp containing audio clips.
  • Fixed crash that could occur on mac 10.15 when purging cache.
  • Dropdown Menu scripting control should now work when using After Effects in Russian.
  • Fixed an issue where comps using the OpenColorIO plugin might be removed from a project on open unexpectedly.
  • Fixed the offset render issue with adjustment layers and an effect that has a layer parameter sampling the effect input.
  • Display more readable and understandable color space name of media in UI.
  • Fixed Dynamic Link: After Effects closes the open project when creating a new comp from Premiere Pro.
  • Fixed crash when clicking on menu with text field open.
  • Fixed crash when repeatedly opening and closing Lumetri scopes panel.
  • Fixed dynamic link: Premiere Pro fails to connect to headless After Effects from headed server.
  • Fixed adding dropdown effect fails and deletes all effects on layer.
  • Fixed no context error on mac with puppet pin and new team project.
  • Fixed Cache Before Playback not working as expected.
  • Fixed script exception and alert dialog on app startup.
  • Fixed issue with CEP extensions that distribute as compiled JSXBIN.
  • “Unable to connect to adobe fonts” dialog was not showing when user was disconnected from internet.
  • Fixed crash that would occur when pressing the tab key to move between timeline or effects properties.
  • Fixed keyframes and expressions not recognized as Master Properties unless the original property has keyframes or expressions.
  • Fixed VFR footage with interpret footage options set to preserve audio sync that would display green frames and flash frames out of sequence.
  • Color Updates:
    • Match ProRes HDR rendering in 16.x for projects saved in 16.x.
    • Preserve color settings when duplicating certain types of footage.
  • Make projects saved with Save As Previous match rendering to that version.
  • Fixed asserts when opening projects with missing color managed footage that were saved in older versions of AE.
  • Fixed Dropdown Menu Effect - Hitting ok via tab and enter will not commit changes on MacOS.
  • Fixed issue where path is converted to Bezier Path and any other selected parameters are deleted leaving just  the path in the timeline.
  • Fixed crash when generating a content aware fill layer for a comp that has a data layer.
  • Fixed crash when canceling verifying fonts dialog box while exporting motion graphics templates.
  • Fixed mismatch in handling over-range values between SW renderer with HWBP On and SW renderer with HWBP Off.
  • Fixed evolution field of fractal noise triggering hard crash.
  • Fixed aerender is not working - Crash on Win, ERROR -609 on Mac.
  • Fixed various asserts being shown when previewing comps with various other panels open (e.g. Lumetri scopes).
  • Audio sync should also be working again when previewing.
  • Additional fixes for Cineware to fix server initialization errors.
  • Drag and drop of items from the project panel to comp or timeline windows should now work on macOS 10.15.
  • Fixed Cineware server startup failure to launch error.
  • The Raytracing 3D renderer has been removed from After Effects.
  • Performance improvements when using master properties combined with expressions. Performance fixes for macOS when using software render modes.
  • Updates to Cineware plugin where certain script files were missing.
  • Compensate for scene-referred profiles is no longer checked by default.
  • Library for importing Flash SWF files has been updated to the latest release. Please check any and all Flash related files are still working.
  • Force EXR to import as a comp even if it set to import as footage but Create comp checkbox is checked.
  • Fixed using keyboard shortcut "Replace with Placeholder" on multiple footage items will crash AE.
  • Fixed issue where some render queue settings were being ignored after duplication of queue item.
  • Fixed issue where ACR Camera Raw files could not be imported.

Bugs fixed in the earlier versions of After Effects

  • After Effects may crash when you import variable frame rate video clips created on the Nintendo Switch using the built-in video capture functionality. You may also face import issues with some versions of Elgato capture software such as, Game Capture HD.
Note:

With the Variable Frame Rate import fix, the frame rate interpretation for VFR footage may be different than in version 16.1.2. Camera tracking may need to be re-tracked or re-solved to match the footage correctly.

  • After Effects crashes when you close a project that has an expression containing an error.
  • After Effects crashes if a preview is started while a project is still loading.
  • After Effects crashes if an audio file is deleted while its wave form is being drawn.
  • After Effects faces issues in playing back embedded mp4 videos in CEP panels (including the Learn panel) on macOS.
  • After Effects crashes when synchronizing preferences when running on macOS 10.15.
  • The viewer window may not update on undo if you have previously interacted with a third-party tool window.
  • Unable to map buffer into application memory error message may show when using dynamic link from After Effects to Premiere.
  • Content Aware Fill reference frames did not open Photoshop automatically when the source filename contained Japanese, Chinese or Korean characters.
  • Playback rendering may hang when media cache is not cleared after switching between software and hardware playback modes.
  • An After Effects project created on Windows that includes a tsv-driven Motion Graphic Template may not render correctly when the project was opened in the MacOS version of After Effects.
  • An unwanted color shift may occur when the alpha channel white point is modified in the curves effect. This may have also caused subsequent issues during render or project open.
  • Error -17 may have been displayed unexpectedly during a render.
  • Some effects did not show in the Effects & Presets panel when launching in non-English languages.
  • Simple layers in a comp may incorrectly crop or render when no transform, mask, opacity or blending mode is set. In some cases, projects in this state may crash.
  • Cached frame markers were not always showing during preview or during CTI scrubbing.
  • Saved workspaces may not persist or layout correctly when upgrading to a new version of After Effects.
  • Duplicating a RED R3D file in the Project panel disables the More Options button if subsequently going into the Interpret Footage panel for the file.
  • Motion Sketch Panel does not appear in Japanese versions of After Effects. 
  • When rendering a comp, don’t allow the OS to go into sleep mode without the user directly requesting it. 
  • No comp was found with the given name error message showed while rendering a Team Project comp. 
  • AE Transmit device selection misbehaves with more than two monitors connected.
  • The GPU version of Invert added unexpected noise on gray pixels.
  • Range sliders in third party tool windows could not be dragged.
  • While exporting a Motion Graphic Template, the verification of Adobe Font usage may cause the export to stall.
  • When opening a Team Project AEP that contained an imported PSD file, an internal verification error may be displayed.
  • If the puppet pin tool is used on multiple shapes in the same layer, previewing may fail.
  • UI in the Render Queue for Japanese, Chinese and Korean languages used bold fonts making the content hard to read.
  • After Effects Comps take a long time to display in the Dynamic Link dialog when importing into Premiere Pro.
  • Spanish and Italian translations for the script alert “Function declaration moved to the top” is not accurate.
  • French translation of Update Expressions Syntax help dialog is not accurate.
  • Translation of the Content Aware Fill panel text is not complete.
  • Translation of launch error alerts are missing for all non-English languages.
  • Japanese translation of the Audio Palette is not accurate.
  • Japanese translation of Team Project invitation error messages is not accurate.
  • Korean translation of “Warp Stabilizer VFX” is missing.
  • Korean and French translation of various expression error messages is not accurate.
  • Chinese translation of various preferences is not accurate.
  • Crash report dialog is not translated for Japanese, German, Korean and Chinese languages.
  • The character panel could sometimes close while switching to the text tool.
  • Indentation of curly braces on new lines could be incorrect in the Expressions editor.
  • Copyright symbol did not display in Chinese language.
  • The source text editable field in the Essential Graphics Panel did not change size appropriately as panel resized.
  • ProRes 422 HQ files could display with significant black and white levels difference in 32-bit vs. 16 and 8-bit comps. Rendering should now match After Effects 15.1 rendering for this scenario.
  • Expression error messages could be truncated in the error ribbon if there were multiple lines of error text to show.
  • The Learn panel may not show to all users on MacOS due to folder permission errors.
  • The property, this_Layer had stopped working when using the Legacy ExtendScript expression engine.
  • Clips in a comp are misaligned in time when using Replace with After Effects Composition in Premiere Pro.
  • In a hardware accelerated comp, opening a non-cached precomp does not display without interacting with the composition or CTI.
  • Using custom font selection, size or faux styles in a Motion Graphic Template had no effect when the template was used in Premiere Pro.
  • The Median and Median (Legacy) effect were grouped under Color Correction. They are now correctly grouped under Noise & Grain.
  • The Learn panel would appear too narrow in some display resolutions making it difficult to interact with.
  • The main app toolbar could disappear when double-clicking an item or dragging the size from the bottom.
  • Resolve / missing font dialog may not display when a user is working offline. 
  • Incorrect profile description for Rec. 709 YUV sources.
  • Project color space setting may change be modified unexpectedly when opening a project.
  • On MacOS, After Effects start screen does not close when pressing Escape key.

Crash

  • Various crashes related to use of the Keylight plug-in.
  • Importing multiple photoshop text layers from a single PSD file when the associated fonts are missing from the system.
  • Switching the project level expression engine from JavaScript to Legacy ExtendScript.
  • Copy/pasting a layer containing puppet pins that is parented to another layer.
  • Changing workspaces while the Lumetri scopes panel is displayed.
  • Stopping preview playback on a system using Windows 10 build 17134 and WDM audio.
  • A render started via the Render Queue without an OS file tag set on MacOS. Note: The tag setting in the File Save dialog has been removed as part of this fix. You can tag the rendered files in Finder after a render has completed if required.
  • When a Team Project encounters a network error during After Effects close. 
  • Enabling the system color picker and modifying the slide and color mode color values.
  • Render Queue has a queued item that is using a missing output format module.
  • Projects saved in After Effects 13.x, opened and saved in After Effects 16.x, then reopened in After Effects 16.x.
  • After Content Aware Fill is used, the underlaying data files can be corrupted.
  • After Effects projects used in Premiere that contain EPS Ai or PDF files.
  • During AE app close due to memory corruption related to user account management bugs. 
  • Using blend modes of Hue, Saturation, Color or Luminosity with certain over range color values.
  • Pressing Enter on the keyboard when focus is on a Render Queue with no queued items.
  • Media cache writing asynchronously to disk.
  • Expressions that contain calls to Date.toLocaleString().
  • Editing expressions in the Graph Editor expression field when AutoComplete is disabled.
  • An After Effects script could delete a render queued in Adobe Media Encoder which would cause After Effects to crash when the render was attempted.
  • After the latest update of Adobe After Effects, when you open any file from Bridge (9.0.2), it opens in After Effects (16.1)  by default. All files should open up in programs as per file type associations set in Bridge.
  • After Effects may crash when opening a project if there are missing fonts.
  • The user interface responds slowly if the Essential Graphics panel is open and there are many drop-down menus in that panel for the selected master composition.
  • You cannot reorder groups in the Essential Graphics panel with subgroups.
  • The font size in a Motion Graphics template created by After Effects cannot be adjusted when only the font size adjustment is enabled. It also requires the custom font selection control to also be enabled.
  • Master Properties that have both expressions and keyframes fail to render the layer as expected.
  • When previews are played in the Layer viewer panel, audio starts playback from the beginning of the footage instead of the layer in point (which caused audio to be out of sync with the video).
  • Searching for Missing Footage in the Project panel does not include comps with proxies that are missing in the results.
  • Clicking on the path hot text for an Output Module in the Render Queue opens the folder one level up, instead of selecting that file in Finder or Explorer.
  • When reloading multiple missing footage files, After Effects stops the reloading process if one of the files causes an error.
  • If you replace a layer (Option/Alt + drag from the Project panel), and then change the in or out points of that layer, when you undo replacing the layer, the new timing of the replacement layer is inherited. Instead, original layer timing should be restored. 
  • The Noise effect is missing when you save an After Effects 16.1 project as After Effects 15.x or 14.x.
  • The Lumetri Color effect does not render as you drag in the color wheels. It only renders when you let go of the mouse button.
  • Sony Venice V3 XOCN footage randomly renders too dark if the project is set to Mercury Software Only.
  • CEP panels change their width when docked into the workspace.
  • Dragging a single panel from a stacked panel group into a new group, where it is the only panel, creates stacked groups.
  • The JavaScript expressions engine does not generate the same random number results as the Legacy ExtendScript engine.
  • When an expression references the name of a layer in a string or in a Source Text property, the name of the layer is not returned. Instead, it returns[Object].
  • The sampleImage() expression method returns the wrong value if the post-expression value of the property is read by a ScriptUI panel.
  • Applying the createPath() expression via the Expression Language menu auto-fills the (is_Closed) parameter as deprecated snake case instead of camel caseisClosed.
  • Renaming an effect that is referenced by an expression causes the expression to incorrectly update references to that effect properties when those properties have the same name as the effect.
  • The Link Focus Distance to Layer, Link Focus Distance to Point of Interest, Create Stereo 3D Rig, and Create Orbit Null commands create expressions that are incompatible with the JavaScript expression engine.
  • Specific complex, multi-composition expressions cause fast flickering of the expression error warning banner and icons. Note that to fix this, there is a small slowdown in expression evaluation speed for these expressions.
  • After Effects reopens the Install Script File dialog if you try to install and overwrite a script for a ScriptUI panel that was already installed and the panel open.
  • The ImportOptions() scripting constructor fails with an error, "Path does not refer to a valid file", if the passed file path contains a percent sign (%) character. 
  • The mocha shape effect is missing from After Effects.
  • Mercury Transmit  does not allocate memory for the current composition, in order to avoid a problem where Blackmagic Design devices would request large memory allocations for all compositions, which could cause memory errors when opening projects with many compositions.

Crash issues

  • After Effects crashes when importing 32-bit Targa files that are not RLE compressed. 
  • After Effects crashes if you press the Shift key + up arrow key to select text inside of a paragraph text box, if the insertion point cursor is outside of the visible bounds of the text box.
  • After Effects crashes if you undo after applying an animation preset that applies the Puppet effect.
  • After Effects crashes when you switch workspaces with the Learn panel or other CEP panels open. 
  • After Effects crashes when switching workspaces, if the Lumetri Scopes panel had been open. 
  • After Effects crashes in some cases when moving groups in the Essential Graphics panel. 
  • After Effects crashes on quit after enabling Mercury Transmit previews via a Blackmagic Design device. 
  • After Effects crashes on quit when Mercury Transmit is enabled and you quit while After Effects is previewing frames to the Transmit monitor. 
  • Fixed the causes of several other crashing conditions that were found using data submitted via Adobe Crash Reporter.

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