The August release of After Effects (22.6) didn’t see a ton of new features, but one absolutely stands out:
Keyframe Color Labels
Ever wish you could visually group and organize your keyframes? Now you can with color labels. This seemingly small feature can open up a host of workflow improvements.
- Color code your intro keyframes different from your outro
- Organize your walk cycle keyframes into contact, down, pass, and up groups
- Right click any keyframe and choose “Select Label Group” to easily grab and adjust all revealed keyframes with that label
As usual, be sure to check out the full release notes for all the details.
What about the beta?
The beta saw three new and awesome features added for testing:
Selectable Track Matte Layers
Select another layer as your track matte… any layer. Track mattes are no longer limited to just the layer immediately above. And now a single layer can be the track matte for any number of other layers… no more duplicating!
Native h.264 Encoding
H.264 is returning to the render queue. Some people are really excited about this one.
More than 50 new presets have been included for testing made by several motion designers. This is the first time in a long time we’ve gotten new presets, so be sure to take a look!