After Effects News 2018 December 30

Recently in the world of After Effects, there’s news on Adobes updates, ProRes, Google Earth Studio, The Year in Review, animation, classes, and more. There’s lots more happening though! It’s still hard to know if this approach to news is still useful, but here it is.

Among other new features in the latest little updates from Adobe (After Effects 16.0.1, Premiere 13.0.2, AME 13.0.2), the Adobe Pro Video Apps now support ProRes Export on Windows, streamlining video production across platforms. No more workarounds!

Oh yeah, the After Effects team is hiring!


Meanwhile, as Apple clarifies the ‘legacy media warning; with an update to their Knowledge Base article, Scott Simmons notes that Apple’s move “mentions a future version of Final Cut Pro X as FCPX editors are the ones most likely affected by these changes.” Scott says say to read the Digital Rebellion article, Thoughts on 32-bit codecs being phased out in macOS. He adds, “We won’t get the support for some of these legacy codecs in the base level of the operating system. I honestly think it won’t make that big of a deal as most of the software that editors will be working in will be able to support the various post-production codecs that we need.” Larry Jordan also offered reassurance in Adobe Responds to Apple Discontinuing Support For Older Media Codecs.


The Keyframes conference, organized by Future Media Concepts, is planned for February 25 – 27 2019 in Orlando, FL. There will be the many of current usual suspects as speakers, and a side trip to Universal Studios. FMC is also planning on After Effects World again, in August 2019 in Seattle, with details still to follow.


Jonny Elwyn was quick out of the box with his 2018 – A Year in Review from a Film Editor, but first try the next item.

The biggest chunk of news can be found in This Year in MoGraph: 2018 from School of Motion, Joey Korenman hosts animator Ryan Summers in a 3+hour podcast that also transcribed. It’s a wide-ranging one-of-a-kind discussion of trends, with lots of links to products and people mentioned. Here’s few highlights and comments:

  • After Effects is getting better, serving several niches, with scripting

    and specific scripts and master properties getting special attention. And Adobe ProRes.
  • Advice on looking at others’ work, as well as positioning oneself for success
  • Discussion of new plug-ins, updates, and the avalanche of AE scripts
  • Algo, an automatic animation tool in development for end-users, runs After Effects in the cloud shows what’s possible
  • One way or another the real time revolution may finally arrive: a common feature request for 20 years is After Effect leveraging gaming/GPU platforms
  • DUIK, the free character animation script for AE, had a big upgrade
  • There’s more podcasts and Patreon-supported resources, opening possibilities
  • Discovering that UX designers use AE, but possibilities are open
  • As retweeted earlier, Google Earth Studio exports 3D camera and tracking data to After Effects
  • I haven’t been at NAB for a long time and not sure what the booth babe percentage is presently. Apparently, there was new kind of party at NAB, but they come and go as needed.
  • No foul, but is it puberty or “feeling your oats”?
  • Founder Justin Cone stepped down from Motionographer
  • Trends and artist asides pop up throughout
  • Attitude and networking are important but need not make one feel sleazy [or part of religious cults in the style of Seth Godin or Tony Robbins]


In Peaks All the Way Up, Joe Clay of Workbench.TV says that after the “puberty” articles written by @SchoolOfMotion and its response by @aembury (noted here when they appeared) that it was time to write about his personal experience and views of this industry. Yes, it’s not all lollipops, chroma hoops, and EasyEase.

And don’t miss the bunches of other Workbench tutorials, like Tutorial 152: Procedural Circuitry, which uses Master Properties in After Effects.


Ukramedia also continues strong with a steady stream of advice. Ryan Summers also appeared on the Ukra podcast, in 050: From Science to Art – Ryan Summers. And here’s a just two of the tutorials, Why You Should Be Using Master Properties in After Effects and 7 Changes to the After Effects Expressions Engine:



Retweeted earlier, this news made a splash: Google Earth meets After Effects = Google Earth Studio! It’s browser-based tech that can export to After Effects. That’s something in itself! Be sure to check out best practices and tutorials, and fast experiments by Aharon Rabinowitz of Red Giant Software, which has recently nicely updated their stable of After Effects plug-ins.

Google Earth meets After Effects = Google Earth Studio!!!
I have been privileged to do user testing for a while and it’s one of my favorite tools all time!

— Takashi Kawashima (@kawashima_san) December 9, 2018


Let it snow is an Adobe 1-minute lesson. Adding another instance of a layer or plug-in can help improve things, as discussed in many other tutorials. For more, see Snow in After Effects: an updated roundup.


Advamced Motion Methods seems like a massive undertaking, and should be rewarding to those who enroll in the classes as offered. See also An Epic Q&A with Sander Van Dijk by School of Motion and the course preview movie below.

Seriously, Sander is the kind of guy who always, ALWAYS goes above and beyond in every project. I’m always learning from this guy and now you can learn from him. So, do it.

— Jorge R. Canedo E. (@jrcanest) December 6, 2018


How to 3D Track TEXT ANYWHERE in your videos, by Peter McKinnon, is a good intro After Effects tutorial with 3 examples.


Not too long ago, Motion Array posted a tutorial on How To Animate A Line In After Effects.


RubberHose Animation with After Effects is a new course by Angie Taylor.

Morgan Williams with School of Motion posted a timely video: Compare and Contrast: DUIK vs RubberHose. There’s more items (from elsewhere) in the article.


Someone asked: “Are there any plug-ins or scripts which will allow me to retarget entire groups of assets? It is absurd that after three years the Importer/JPG is still not functioning properly.” For background, Roei Tzoref dutifully documented this bug in the Adobe forums in 2017 in After Effects 2017 won’t batch replace.

An answer has come in the form of a script by Plug-in Everything, File Hunter.


Ten tips by Shutterstock’s Todd Blankenship will not automatically turn you into an After Effects rock star, but check out his After Effects Playbook: 10 AE Tips and Tricks I Always Use | Motion Graphics Tutorials. The tips cover Smooth Keyframes, “Null Stacking”, Quick Vignettes, Fix Banding Issues, Easy Text Reveals, Quick Photo Border Template, Organic Camera Motion, Final Color Correction, Giving Elements and Text Texture, and a Scale Wipe Transition.


Via @vanschneider and @shao …this is pretty cool, The Motion Periodic Table, a

“semi-random organization of motion patterns” but still a good start. Instructions explain the organization of elements:

This is pretty cool — The Motion Periodic Table

— Tobias s (@vanschneider) November 9, 2018


There’s a ton of glitch tutorials out there, and some advice on making glitchy beats music, like 5 steps to make awesome GLITCH BEATS by Andrew Huang. The After Effects tutorial underneath from Georgiiou in 2014 has 1.82 millions views!

Please note that these roundups are for quick review and comparison. There is almost always vital information from the originating authors at the links provided — and often free presets, projects, or stock footage too.

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