…and here I am, trying to muster up even the tiniest bit of enthusiasm over the latest After Effects version that soon will hit a Creative Cloud near you. Yepp, it’s once more one of those…. As I wrote a few days ago it’s full of those things that would have gotten people excited 10 years ago, but these days it just feels kinda “So what?”. So what’s the damage?
First, of course, and Adobe are selling this as the big thing, is direct access to text in After Effects projects from Premiere Pro and at the same time being able to share mask data between the programs. The irony here is that the “After Effects is the best title generator for Premiere.” joke is now more true than ever.
The next feature is the per-effect masking. While I’m not denying that this will be useful in avoiding tons of pre-comps just to isolate areas to be processed with different effects, it feels like they added it as a “shut up” feature to please and appease certain crowds that generally don’t bother that much with structuring their work too much and want to do everything with one layer and a mask. Typical “editor porn”, so to speak, which kinda fits the theme.
The spill suppressor and key cleanup effects also somehow fall into that category, but the good thing is that between Rotobrush and all those auxiliaries the basic matte generating tool set is pretty complete and perhaps now they can finally find the time to actually get to work on truly trackable masks and a new paint system to go with it.
Anything else? Yeah, they also once more worked on the EXR loaders and finally the performance reaches a level of being bearably usable, but I feel there is still plenty of room left performance-wise.