Feature summary | After Effects (March 2021 release)

Learn about new features and enhancements in the March 2021 (version 18.0) release of After Effects.

Media Replacement in Motion Graphics templates and Essential Properties

Create Motion Graphics templates with swappable media to enable editors in Premiere Pro to replace images or video. You can generate multiple variations of a template using Essential Properties and with different types of media for outputs such as social media graphics, animated slideshows, brand templates containing a logo.

Real-Time 3D Draft Preview

Make creative decisions faster when working with 3D scenes. The new real-time 3D rendering engine gives you instant feedback on your 3D designs in the Comp panel so you can easily make creative decisions much faster and spend more time iterating on your design.

3D Ground Plane

A ground plane is a horizontal plane of projection that gives you a sense of perspective and space within your 3D scene. It has a dedicated toggle button which appears in the Composition panel toolbar.

Improved Composition Toolbar

Get access to the most-used composition options tools when you need them most. An updated, in-context Comp panel toolbar displays options within the context of your design and is more logically organized.

Team Projects performance improvements

After Effects artists can now share and receive changes to Team Projects faster. Searches are now at least twice as fast, thanks to more efficient indexing.

Multi-Frame Rendering

The After Effects Beta includes new Multi-Frame Rendering support for export via the updated Render Queue. 

Media Replacement in Motion Graphics templates and Essential Properties

Create Motion Graphics templates that have replaceable media such as images and videos. Editors can use them in Premiere Pro to create complex graphics and animations with customizable parameters and swappable media.

For more information, see Replace images and videos in Motion Graphics templates and Essential Properties.

Real-Time 3D Draft Preview

Motion designers can make creative decisions faster when working in 3D scenes. A new real-time 3D rendering engine provides instant feedback on designs in the Composition panel so you can explore ideas more easily and iterate on design more quickly.

For more information, see Preview changes to 3D designs real time with the Real-Time 3D Draft Preview.

3D Ground Plane

This enables designers orient their designs in space, providing a horizon line and vanishing point. You can toggle a grid on and off for accurate orientation and use snapping to align objects in space or in relation to each other. Ground Plane button only appears when using the new Draft 3D preview mode.

For more information, see 3D Ground Plane.

Improved Composition Toolbar

Improved Composition toolbar

Work seamlessly across both 2D and 3D, by surfacing the most-used composition tools based on context. This avoids the need to constantly enable/disable a large number of settings as you switch back and forth. The updated Composition panel toolbar has been reorganized and displays options dynamically, based on the currently selected layer.

For more information, see Improved Composition toolbar for 3D designing.

Team Projects performance improvements

Cloud-based collaboration is more fluid and efficient. After Effects artists can now share and receive changes to Team Projects faster. Searches are now at least twice as fast, thanks to more efficient indexing.

Currently in Beta

Multi-Frame Rendering

The After Effects Beta includes new Multi-Frame Rendering support for export via the updated Render Queue. When fully implemented, Multi-Frame Rendering will allow After Effects to take advantage of multi-core CPUs for improved export and preview rendering performance. Check out the Multi-Frame Rendering FAQ to learn more.

 Want to try multi-frame rendering? Install the After Effects Beta from the Beta tab in the Creative Cloud Desktop applications.

For more information: See Adobe Creative Cloud Beta FAQ.

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