Learn about new features and enhancements in the April 2019 release (version 16.1) and September 2019 release (version 16.1.3) of After Effects

Note:

After Effects 16.1.3 fixes a critical issue with import of 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. This issue only occurs in version 16.1.2 of After Effects. For more information, see Issue with import of variable frame rate video clips created on the Nintendo Switch.

For information on other bugs fixed in this release, see Fixed issues in After Effects.

Top new features

April 2019 release (version 16.1)

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Repair videos when you remove unwanted objects from your video with the Content-aware fill tool

Remove unwanted objects from footage, such as boom mics, distracting signs, and people. Powered by Adobe Sensei, Content Aware Fill for video makes it easier to cleanly remove unwanted elements, saving hours that used to be spent erasing or replacing objects, sometimes frame by frame.

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Expression Editor Improvements

The expression editor field in the Timeline panel now provides a full code editor interface. Navigate expressions visually with line numbers, matching brace highlighting and code folding. Customize your coding environment with syntax highlighting themes. Identify and fix problems with in-line error messages and matching brace highlighting.

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Performance improvements

Preview your work quickly with hardware-accelerated previews using Metal, OpenCL and CUDA. Experience faster rendering times when applying GPU effects such as Roughen Edges. When working with Team Projects, work faster when using multiple assets between team members.

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Save Rulers and Guides to share with editors

You can now load and save guide setups for reuse in new projects and share with Premiere Pro editors who need it to set parameters for their sequence.

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Adobe fonts automatic sync

When you open a project in After Effects that contains a missing font, if the font is available from Adobe Fonts as part of your Creative Cloud subscription, Creative Cloud will automatically sync the font.

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After Effects introduces RED and Sony camera raw format support improvements, and Hardware-accelerated HEVC decoding improvement for improved video and audio performance.

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After Effects introduces new Home screen and Home button preferences. The existing preferences related to scripting and expressions have been moved from the General preferences pane to the new Scripting & Expressions panel.

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A new script Update Legacy Expressions.jsx is installed with After Effects that analyzes all the legacy syntax in expressions and updates them to be compatible with the new JavaScript expressions engine.

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When you enable or disable frame blending or motion blur for a layer, After Effects automatically enables or disables them in the Timeline panel.

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After Effects has added multiple scripting capabilities to the following features:

  • Essential Graphics panel item names and count
  • Guides and Rulers
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With better search navigation, and parity in Team Projects UI in After Effects and Premiere Pro, you can save time and get streamlined workflows in Team Projects.

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Find information about other enhancements in this release such as the Edit Original command has been added to the Open sub-menu of the layer context menu.

Previous releases of After Effects

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