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Last but not least, After Effects CS5.5 has the ability to save a project back to the prior version of After Effects. Now in this case I've been working on this project inside After Effects CS5.5. Now I've taken advantage of some of this new features such as the Warp Stabilizer effect. But say that the client need to get access to another composition in this project and they only have CS5. All I need to do for them is go to File > Save As. I can save a copy as an After Effects CS5 project. I'm not restricted to saving it as a 5.5 project. You can actually go back one version.
That's a biggie for lot for us particularly with a dot update like this because probably some clients aren't going update even on they should. So I'm going to save a copy as CS5, go to brand new folder I've here, and call it green screen stabilization CS5. Press Save. Okay, I'm going to switch back to After Effects CS5 for a moment. I've just saved the project out of 5.5, but now I'm going to open it up in 5.
Command+O or Ctrl+O. Navigate to that folder I just used. There is my five project. Click Open. And I'll get warning that one effect in that project is not recognized by CS5. It so happens that the Warp Stabilizer is an effect as opposed to another feature of the program. So I'll click OK. Look at this project I was in. Click on the layer that had the Wrap Stabilizer applied and press F3 and you'll see it merely says that it's a missing effect.
This is the normal response that you get if you open up any project that used a third-party effect that is not installed in your current version of After Effects. Otherwise everything else is the same. By keying, everything else I've done is still on this project. It's just missing the brand-new features like Warp Stabilizer. Ah, but here's the real fun. When I go back to 5.5 and open up without saving that CS5 project that I saved from 5.5. Click Open and you see it converted, no problem. Notice no warning message.
That's because it has the Warp Stabilizer effect. It's no longer missing. So not only can you save 5.5 projects as CS5 projects. You can reopen those CS5 projects in 5.5 and you'll still get all the new CS5.5 features in tact. Now of course new features like the camera depth of field blur won't open in CS5, but they stay inside the project file and can be recovered later for use inside CS5.5.
This is a really nice start down the road of backwards compatibility and I really hope Adobe keeps it up.
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