Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Additional tweaks, part of After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates .
As it's always the case when After Effects gets updated in addition to bigger features. There is a number of nice, little small features that get added as well. For example, you might have noticed the first time you booted After Effects after intallling this December 2012 relase that you were asked to Migrate your settings. After Effects now has the ability to copy over your settings from previous minor updates minor updates to After Effects. 12.0, 12.1, the December release is called 12.2. You can also not migrate your settings to go ahead and start life again with a clean set of preferences.
But if you bother to set up your preferences, interpretations rules, workspaces, render settings templates, output module templates, composition settings, keyboard shortcuts or user scripts, it's very convenient to have the automatically migrated from your previous version into your new, updated version. Another change they've made has to do with auto save. Auto save now defaults on. A lot of After Effects users, I know not you but other people, don't religiously save their projects while they're working on them. Therefore to help save these people from themselves, Adobe has defaulted automatically saving projects to be on.
The settings aren't too bad. It's every 20 minutes. It's not too obtrusive. If you've not made any changes to your project it doesn't update either. But if you're the type of person who forgets to hit save or doesn't constantly increment your version number, you can now go back to your previous version. Now if you do want to take advantage of auto save, I have to warn you, don't use revert. Revert will go back to the last version you manually saved, not to these auto save projects. You'll need to either open those projects or even better import them into your existing project.
And you'll find then inside the atrifects auto-save folder. And there's the last ccouple versions that's autosaved for me. That said, most power users take control over their own versioning they don't use file, save, they use increment and save. That way you automatically bump up the version number on the end of your file name every time you save your project. So it's good to get into the habit of not hitting command or control S, but instead hitting all those keys: command, option, shift, or control, alt, shift plus S so that you can go back to specific points in time where you were working on your project.
Either way, save often whether you do it automatically or manually. Another nice little feature they've added is the ability to have subfolders when you render. Let me go ahead and add this to the render queue and open up my output to link. You'll now see a new little checkbox for save in subfolder. After Effects will automatically create this folder for you when it goes to render this composition. This is particularly convenient if you're rendering image sequences. How many of us have rendered sequences, and suddenly have to see our project folder, or even a drive folder, full of individual files, when we wanted them neatly saved inside a subfolder.
Well, this will save you from that embarassment. That folders name, defaults to the name of your composition, but you can also rename it yourself. Render frames or whatever you like. Again this is even more important, when your saving image sequences, as opposed to simple Quicktime or AVI movies. Now that said, I need to warn you about a bug related to rendering in After Effects 12.2, that December, 2013 release. Let's open up our output marginal settings. And you may notice that the audio has defaulted to a very low sample rate.
Mainly, the first sample rate available in this list, 8 kilohertz. This particular template would normally default to a higher rate such as, say, 48K. You set it, click okay, you think life's good. But if you go look again you'll find out that it has been reset down to 8K. This is a major bug inside this December release. I would not be surprised if it's fixed by the time you watch this movie. But it's something to be careful for. And it might be a good reason to always keep one of your computers, if you're a multi-computer house On a previous version, just in case there is a bug introduced in one of these new updates.
I'll click OK to get out of here. Now, before you panic, there is a workaround. I'm going to press the tilde key, so that you can see the render queue in more detail. If I go back into the output model settings, set my audio rate correctly, again to 48 kilohertz, click OK, that audio rate actually sticks. It is set to 48K in this output module. And if I were to render, at this moment, it would render with a setting. This only gets reset to the undesired sample rate when you open the output module.
And here, you'll see it's been reset to 8K. So, until we get this bug fixed, remember to set your audio sample rate as the last thing you do in your output module, and then your renders will be fine. This is a good segue to talk about Adobe's websites and blogs. There's a lot of new features inside this release other than what I've covered here. The best place to look at it is on their blog. You'll see that here I've provided a short link to The specific Adobe blog entry that goes over all of these features.
There's a lot more particularly on its ability to create a folder when you render and the ability to create output module templates that include even file pass in them. There's more on the OptiX library. There's more in other small features that have been changed. There's even more on bug fixes. If you want to keep up on the latest bugs, cool new features, comments, etcetera, make sure that you bookmark and regularly visit the After Effects blog. This is currently run by Todd Kopriva, who is really the patron saint of After Effects users.
And he's regularly adding to this list including things such as New features that have happened throughout the previous year, such as the ones covered in this course. Also what you might expect in the future. In general, it's really nice to see that with Creative Cloud, Adobe is indeed regularly updating the software insignificant ways. I know there's been a lot of controversy about whether or not to switch from a paid in full to subscription model. But so far, for those whose business model it fits, it's really been working out.
The September 2013 update brought the new Rigid Mask Tracker, as well as additional ways to scale up footage cleanly, while the highlight of the December 2013 update was the ability to convert parametric shape layers to Bézier paths, and Bézier paths into shape layers. The NAB 2014 update shows off important new integration with Adobe Premiere Pro and Typekit, as well major updates to effects. Smaller yet still important new and enhanced features in each release are also touched on throughout. As always, Chris doesn't just show you where these new features are, but how to apply them to your own projects, along with preferred working practices and potential gotchas.
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