Adobe ships September 2020 update to After Effects
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Adobe will deliver the update to After Effects for September 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker

Adobe has released After Effects 17.1.4, the September 2020 update to the compositing software that extends support for GPU acceleration under the channel effects.

Version 17.1.4 was launched along with a separate beta version of the software, which is described as a "redesign" of 3D workflows in After Effects. New navigation tools for 3D cameras were added and gizmos were transformed.

Ongoing improvements in GPU acceleration and performance
After Effects 17.1.4 itself is a relatively small iterative update that continues the workflow and performance improvements from After Effects 17.1 in May.

The most important change is that the channel effects are now GPU accelerated, making them "up to 1.65 times faster".

Effects with GPU support include shift channels, set channels, and the channel combiner. Adobe's blog post also mentions the minimax effect, although this got GPU support in 17.1 itself.

In addition, motion graphics templates with the Roto Brush effect can now be imported into Premiere Pro.

Other changes since our original story for After Effects 17.1 include better performance when previewing multipart and multichannel OpenEXR files: now "3x faster" according to Adobe.

Prices and availability
After Effects 17.1.4 is only available on a rental basis for Windows 10 and macOS 10.13+.

An annual Creative Cloud subscription to After Effects alone is $ 31.49 / month, while a subscription to all Adobe Creative Cloud tools is $ 79.49 / month.

For more information on the new features in After Effects 17.1.4, visit the Adobe blog
(In the "Improving Performance in All Applications" section)

For a full list of what's new in After Effects, see the online documentation

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