Thursday, May 9th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Adobe releases After Effects 24.4

After Effects 24.4 improves performance of the compositing software’s Roto Brush, which semi-automatically isolates characters and foreground objects from video footage.

Adobe has released After Effects 24.4, the latest version of the compositing software.

It’s a workflow update, adding quality-of-life features when working with keyframes, and improving performance of the Roto Brush.

Quality-of-life improvements when pasting, navigating or labelling keyframes
After Effects 24.4 makes several of the improvements rolled out in last month’s public beta available in the stable release.

They include the option to copy and paste keyframes across multiple layers, currently only available via third-party scripts.

To do so, users marquee-select groups of keyframes, then choose a point on the timeline at which to paste them, with the option to paste in reverse order to create loops.

There are also new keyboard shortcuts for jumping between in and out points in a composition.

When choosing Label Colors for keyframes, layers, and markers, color swatches are now displayed alongide the name of the color.

Speed boosts for the Roto Brush
Under the hood, performance of the Roto Brush has been improved.

The rotoscoping tool semi-automatically generates a matte isolating a foreground object or character from its background, then propagates the matte to other frames in the footage.

After Effects now caches inference for frames it has already propagated, removing the need to recalcuate each frame during the next step in the workflow, freezing the propagation.

Price and system requirements
After Effects 24.4 is available for Windows 10+ and macOS 12.0+ on a rental-only basis. Single-app After Effects subscriptions cost $34.49/month or $263.88/year.

In the online documentation, the update is also referred to as the May 2024 release.

Read more about the new features in After Effects 24.4 in the online release notes

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