Monday, 25 June 2012

What's new in After Effects?

Adobe® After Effects® CS6 software lets you deliver cinematic visual effects and motion graphics faster than ever before with new Global Performance Cache. Extend your creativity with built-in text and shape extrusion, new mask feathering options, and the fast, easy-to-use 3D Camera Tracker.
Create visual effects faster in Adobe® After Effects® CS6 software with Global Performance Cache, which optimizes and keeps your previews so you can beat deadlines instead of waiting for frame updates. Boost your creativity with a new 3D engine for text and shape extrusions, a 3D camera tracker, and variable-width mask feathering.

Global Performance Cache

Create more in less time. With new Global Performance Cache, your previews are saved and ready when you are — no more waiting for the application to catch up. This revolution "under the hood" makes After Effects extremely fast and responsive by taking full advantage of the power of your computer’s hardware for visual effects and motion graphics.

3D Camera Tracker

Track 3D elements with complete control over depth of field, shadows, and reflections. Automatically analyze and place 3D track points onto 2D footage in the background while you work.

Ray-traced, extruded text and shapes

Extrude fully ray-traced text and shapes natively and take full advantage of reflections, environment maps, and more.

Variable mask feathering

Precisely specify feather values at any place along a mask, not just at its vertices. Control falloff and shape of feathering, resulting in a big boost to creative flexibility.

Integration with Adobe Illustrator

Instantly convert Illustrator vector art (AI and EPS format) into shape layers. Easily animate vector art in 2D or extrude to 3D.

Rolling Shutter Repair

Remove rolling shutter artifacts such as skew and wobble without forcing stabilization.

New and updated effects

Enhance your creativity with 90 new and updated built-in effects, including the complete 16- and 32-bit CycoreFX HD suite.

Avid AAF and FCP 7 XML file import with Pro Import AE

Import and work with files created in Apple Final Cut Pro 7 or earlier versions, as well as Avid Media Composer and Symphony, letting you integrate After Effects with professional production workflows.

mocha for After Effects CS6

Launch mocha for After Effects CS6 directly within After Effects CS6*.


  1. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - The Social Network

    Director David Fincher uses Adobe Creative Suite® Production Premium software during post-production on his latest major studio release, "The Social Network." Learn more about his innovative workflow.

  2. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Avatar

    James Cameron and crew bring breathtaking stereoscopic 3D film to life using Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software.

  3. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Hearst Television Inc.

    Hearst Television aligns with Adobe to build broadcast newsroom of the future and migrate to Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium, including Adobe Premiere Pro software.

  4. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Film-Style Weddings

    Wedding cinematographer switches from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro software to create spectacular productions shot on Canon DSLR cameras.

  5. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Monsters

    Writer/director Gareth Edwards realizes his vision of creating a feature film using off-the-shelf computers and Adobe Creative Suite® Production Premium software on his new movie "Monsters."

  6. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - edit1media

    Laura and Chris Randall of edit1media create award-winning wedding and corporate videos with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production Premium.

  7. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Nelson Madison Films

    Epic movie, micro budget Nelson Madison Films switches from Avid to Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software to create Hollywood-caliber indie feature film.

  8. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Sharlto Copley

    Sharlto Copley shapes his own creative destiny using Adobe Premiere Pro software.

  9. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Tyler Stableford

    Still photographer expands into film and multimedia with The Fall Line, created using Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software.

  10. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Pixel Liberation Front

    Stephen Lawes, creative director of Pixel Liberation Front (PLF), brings high-end visual effects to the big screen with the help of Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium.

  11. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - OBS Kyung-in TV

    OBS Kyung-in TV benefits from the state-of-the-art broadcast workflow achieved with Adobe Premiere Pro software.

  12. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - White Rabbit Productions, LLC

    Long-time filmmakers switch from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software to produce Squaw - The Documentary.

  13. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Digital Kitchen

    Digital Kitchen, a digital marketing agency, utilizes Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium to create engaging marketing materials for a rapidly shifting world.

  14. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Bandito brothers

    Film, TV, entertainment, and new media production company knocks down post-production workflow roadblocks with Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium.

  15. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Jarle Leirpoll

    Jarle Leirpoll delivers video work of superb quality by utilizing application integration and major workflow improvements in Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium.

  16. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Lumitone

    Lumitone leverages Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop Extended, and Adobe Premiere Pro software to produce HD, cinematic-quality video for weddings.

  17. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - John Dickinson

    John Dickinson, senior broadcast designer, delivers highly creative yet commercially relevant motion graphic solutions with Adobe After Effects.

  18. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - TDE Post, Evan Butson

    Evan Butson, managing director for TDE Post, streamlines workloads and cuts video production time in half with Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium.

  19. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - The Third Floor

    The Third Floor breaks new ground in previs and postvis with Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software.

  20. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - DV3 Productions

    DV3 Productions breaks new ground in filmmaking with Creative Suite Production Premium and its RED camera support.

  21. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Gareth Edwards

    Using Creative Suite Production Premium, Gareth Edwards brings stories to life with technology that maximizes his efficiency and creative potential.

  22. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour

    Video directors for Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour turn to Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software to wow audiences with HD video experience.

  23. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Pure West Films

    Indie filmmakers unveil fascinating story of virtual worlds in documentary "Second Skin," created using Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software.

  24. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - standardizes on Adobe Creative Suite and the Adobe Flash® Platform to create and deliver content online that informs and inspires.

  25. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - MSC Cruises

    MSC Cruises leverages Adobe solutions to develop and deliver brand- and sales-boosting online video channel.

  26. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Pacific Pictures

    Pacific Pictures reinvents event videography with breakthrough filmmaking ethos and Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software.

  27. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Fraktiv

    Fraktiv innovates with Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software for on-location workflows that present work-in-progress and previsualizations for viewing online using Adobe Flash Player.

  28. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - The Syndicate

    The Syndicate taps into the integrated tools available in Production Premium for clients including Six Flags, NASCAR, ESPN, and Monday Night Football; bands such as Radiohead; and film directors such as Martin Scorsese.

  29. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Captain Abu Raed — GigaPix Studios

    A post-production veteran discovers the power of Production Premium featuring Adobe Premiere® Pro while finishing his award-winning film.

  30. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - The Basement

    See how tight integration in Production Premium helps The Basement create visual effects for film and TV.

  31. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - first person media

    Broadcasters embrace the Adobe Flash Platform, Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software, and ibs animate to cut costs, boost quality, and deliver to multiple distribution channels.

  32. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Peter and the Wolf — BreakThru Films

    BreakThru Films wins an Oscar for best animated short film and other top honors for "Peter and the Wolf," created using Adobe video software.

  33. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - August Evening — Chris Eska

    An independent filmmaker wins top honors in multiple film festivals using Production Premium featuring Adobe Premiere Pro.

  34. After Effects CS6 / Showcase - Newcastle Productions

    Independent filmmaker taps Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software to chronicle first woman to walk around the world.

  35. There’s no doubt that 3D graphics and design requires a lot of work and it’s not really a one shot process. I personally have struggled to make even simple 3D text art and often used cliparts for my presentations. After seeing this simple 3 min guide to 3D controls - I immediately went and bought my copy of CS6 You have to admit, such advanced controls at your fingertips is kinda scary!

  36. Photoshop - Correcting Perspective
    In images of subjects like buildings, there are often perspective issues that you will want to resolve, and this lesson will show you how to do so.

  37. Photoshop - Previewing shadows and reflections
    3D has been altogether revamped in Photoshop CS6. One of the best enhancements is the program's ability to preview shadows and reflections before you render the scene, particularly those cast onto the ground plane. You can even drag a shadow to change the angle of a light.

  38. I was really excited about the new Photoshop and downloaded the demo from here - but soon I ran out of things to experiment with. This video from Oleg Dou really helped me broaden my horizons and realize that the simplest of features used against the easiest of subjects can turn something ordinary into something completely overwhelming.

  39. After Effects CS6 / FAQ

    What's new in Adobe® After Effects® CS6?

    Adobe After Effects CS6 software adds performance enhancements such as Global Performance Cache to increase responsiveness, a 3D camera tracker to track elements in a 3D space with complete control over depth of field, and easy creation of extruded text and shapes. Find out more about the features in After Effects CS6, and visit Community Help for a comprehensive list of new features.

  40. After Effects CS6 / FAQ

    Does After Effects still support 32-bit operating systems?

    No, because the performance benefits of native 64-bit support make it the best choice for the demanding technical requirements of working with video, particularly HD and higher resolution content, offering only 64-bit support enables Adobe to optimize performance even further. (Note that the Adobe Creative Suite® 6 components that require a 64-bit operating system are After Effects CS6, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6, and Adobe SpeedGrade™ CS6.)

  41. After Effects CS6 / FAQ

    I use a Mac. How does the lack of 32-bit support affect me?

    The lack of 32-bit support does not affect the majority of Mac computers that use Intel® processors. The only Mac users affected by the lack of 32-bit support are those using Intel based Mac computers with Intel Core™ Duo (single-core) processors. Refer to the After Effects CS6 system requirements to make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements before purchasing the product.

  42. After Effects CS6 / FAQ

    I am a Windows® user with a 32-bit version of Windows. Where can I find more information about the 32-bit compatibility options for After Effects CS6?

    If you purchased a copy of CS6 Production Premium or Master Collection, visit the 32-bit compatibility page for more information and detailed installation instructions. If you purchased a standalone version of After Effects CS6, you will need to upgrade your computer to meet the minimum system requirements before installation. Refer to the After Effects CS6 system requirements for more information.

  43. After Effects CS6 / FAQ

    Will my existing plug-ins work with After Effects CS6?

    Plug-ins designed for CS5 will work in CS6. Plug-ins for earlier versions of After Effects will need new versions for CS6, and most popular ones have already been updated. For a current list of plug-ins compatible with After Effects CS6, visit the plug-ins page. For more information, contact the plug-in manufacturers.

  44. After Effects CS6 / FAQ

    Do you have any recommendations for hardware that will make After Effects CS6 run even faster?

    The system requirements provided by Adobe are minimum requirements. With native 64-bit support, After Effects can take advantage of all the available RAM in your system. For multicore systems, Adobe recommends 4GB or more of RAM per core; on any system, 16GB of RAM is a good baseline if you plan to run multiple applications simultaneously.

  45. After Effects CS6 / FAQ

    What's the best way to learn about new features?

    The online Help system for After Effects CS6 includes Adobe content as well as links to excerpts from books, training videos, and other valuable community resources. Adobe TV is also a great resource for free online training videos. Ask questions and get advice on the Adobe Forums for After Effects.

  46. After Effects CS6 / FAQ

    I'm experiencing problems with After Effects — what should I do?

    Start by making sure you have the latest updates: In After Effects, choose Help > Updates, and then follow the instructions. If you've installed the latest update and are still experiencing issues, visit the Adobe Forums for After Effects. If you need one-on-one help, contact technical support.

  47. After Effects CS6 / FAQ

    Where can I go for news about After Effects?

    The After Effects team maintains a page on Facebook, and we post there often. Join us in the ongoing conversation about After Effects. You can also follow our team account on Twitter.

  48. After Effects CS6 / FAQ

    Where can I get a trial of After Effects CS6?

    To get a trial of After Effects CS6, visit the page.

  49. There’s no better software for video editing, motion graphics and visual effects than After Effects. I’ve always sworn by it and the new CS6 upgrade is even more awesome. I figured that exploring all the new features would be quite time consuming so I sat through this neat webinar - detailing some of the coolest new features!

  50. I never knew so much work and technology went into creating a simple sfx video clip. After seeing this - it becomes very clear how important the role of software is even if you have the best hardware on your hands and technology on your hands. I can only imagine the quality of ads without the possibilities that after effects provides us!

  51. Watch the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Roadshow videos on demand...

  52. I wish I was at this roadshow that Adobe hosted - I really wanted a guided tutorial of all the new features. I think it’s awesome that they’ve put up these videos for us unfortunate ones whoc ouldn’t make it.

  53. If you are looking for things to do with your new CS6 suite, check out the demos and tips Adobe shared at their roadshow - It’s a little long but if you’ve got an hour to spare, it’ll be really helpful!