Learn about the significant new motion graphics and visual effects features introduced in Adobe After Effects CC 2015—as soon as they are released.
- Hi, I'm Chris Meyer of Crish Design, and welcome to Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud 2015 Updates. Now, there's two main themes to this update. One is performance, and the other is workflow. On the performance end of things, Adobe has been re-writing how After Effects works underneath the hood. In short, it's now separated the user interface processing thread from the rendering processor thread. Now, if you've ever had a case with After Effects where you were dragging a slider or changing a parameter and the whole user interface froze until that frame re-rendered, well, that's the main thing that they're fixing by separating these two threads.
You can make edits in After Effects, and not be slowed down or stopped while rendering is happening as fast as it can in the background. A big advantage of this particular scheme is something called Uninterrupted Previews. This means you can now work on a composition, including adding layers and editing effects and such, while preview continues to loop. It's a much more fluid way of working. Additionally, the whole preview scheme has been re-worked. There's a brand new preview panel with a lot of new options and new preview behaviors.
For example, the space bar now works a lot more like a nonlinear editing system does. On the workflow side, we're seeing the first implementation of creative cloud libraries in After Effects. Now, if you've already seen libraries in, say, Photoshop or Illustrator, you have a feeling for what they're all about. But if you haven't, it's a panel inside After Effects where you or other users can put assets, such as PSD files, vector artwork, color swatches, look files, et cetera, to share between applications, share between users, and to pull in and use in your After Effects project.
Now, since this is a version 1.0 implementation in After Effects CC 2015, there is some asterisks, limitations, and gotchas. The biggest one is that you cannot bring an asset from After Effects into your Libraries panel. Right now, it's one-way traffic, where you pull out of Libraries and add them to your After Effects project. There's also other gotchas with how you handle Photoshop files with alpha channels, vector artwork that you've downloaded from the Creative Cloud market, and also new workflow for working with color swatches.
Now, those are the main items introduced in the first version of After Effects CC 2015, also known as Version 13.5. A big thing about 13.5 is that it uses the same file format as CC 2014, which was versions 13.0, one, and two. That means when you download CC 2015 from Creative Cloud, it will not overwrite CC 2014. You will have both versions side by side on your computer, and you can use one version for a while, save the project, and open it in the other version if you want.
That might come in particularly handy if there's some things in this new version of After Effects that you don't like or that you miss, for example, multi-processor rendering has been disabled in this version, you don't have to worry about choosing up front what version you use. You can move fluidly between 2014 and 2015. There's been some other changes in this release as well, including some user interface changes, some improvements to the way expressions are handled, and also some minor changes in the Cineware plugin. The new version of After Effects also installs a perview of Adobe Character Animator, and integrates its face-tracking technology directly in the comp panel.
As Adobe releases new updates to After Effects, we'll be adding more movies onto this course reflecting those changes. Therefore, don't worry so much about what project file or what composition I'm using in a particular movie. This is all about showing you what the new features are, teaching you the workflow so you can get the most out of them, hit the ground running, or decide if maybe you want to continue using the old version. It's up to you, but I want you to know how to take advantage of some of these cool new features.
Check back often for updates. New chapters will be added each time Adobe releases a major After Effects update.
- Preview options
- Editing a project without stopping preview playback
- Navigating the CC Libraries workflows
- Moving animations from Adobe Character Animator to After Effects
- Using expressions to dynamically measure facial dimensions
- Setting up layers in CINEWARE and CINEMA 4D Lite