Why You Need to Update After Effects

There were a lot of updates in After Effects 10.0.1. Here are a few you may have missed. Thanks to Todd Kopriva for taking the time to point these out.

new and changed features

  • There were several fixes and improvements for RED (R3D) import and workflow. .
  • The Apply Color LUT effect can now use .3dl files with floating point values or 3DMESH/Mesh keywords, or those saved from an ASSIMILATE SCRATCH system (i.e., that have SCRATCH in the comments at the top of the file).
  • QuickTime (.mov) files from JVC solid-state cameras can be imported.
  • The standalone Adobe Media Encoder (AME) application can export MXF files containing MPEG-2 essence items that comply with the XDCAM HD format used by such systems as Avid Unity. Because you can use the standalone AME application to render and export After Effects compositions, this feature extends to After Effects.

notable bug fixes

  • Crash importing Sony XDCAM HD footage from Sony XDCAM Transfer application.
  • Slow playback of compositions containing several layers based on video footage items, especially for long-GOP footage from DSLR cameras.
  • Crash when using a PNG file with path name longer than 256 characters.
  • Colors rendered incorrectly with Avid DNxHD and AJA2vuy codecs in 16bpc and 32bpc projects.
  • QuickTime movies using Blackmagic RGB 10bit codec rendered with color shift or gamma shift.
  • Standard-definition-sized H.264 movies were imported with color space interpreted as HDTV (Rec. 709) instead of SDTV (Rec. 601 NTSC).

If you use After Effects on Mac OSX v10.6.4, be sure to apply the graphics update from Apple.