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Adobe adds 7 new features to After Effects

Adobe has today announced the next batch of new features that will be coming to After Effects CC (opens in new tab).

They're not available to use yet, but will be included in the next big rollout of updates to the Creative Cloud (opens in new tab), and will be showcased at the NAB 2014 (opens in new tab) show in Las Vegas next week.

The headline features are:

  • Typekit integration, providing After Effects CC users with access to a growing library of fonts worth £18,000 that can be used on the desktop.
  • New Kuler (opens in new tab) integration, enabling you to capture colours anywhere with your iPhone (opens in new tab) or browser, and then save them as colour swatch themes in After Effects for use in your compositions.

With the new Live Text template feature, you can create compositions in After Effects and send them to Premiere Pro

With the new Live Text template feature, you can create compositions in After Effects and send them to Premiere Pro
  • New Live Text templates, enabling you to create compositions with text that can be modified directly within Adobe Premiere Pro (opens in new tab). With Dynamic Link you can make any additional adjustments back in After Effects.
  • Flexible masking options and Premiere Pro interchange allow you to add masks and effects without requiring additional adjustment layers or track matte layers. Each effect can be blended individually into the original layer.

With the new Live Text template feature, you can create compositions in After Effects and send them to Premiere Pro

With the new Live Text template feature, you can create compositions in After Effects and send them to Premiere Pro
  • New keying effects, giving better results from compressed or badly-shot blue or green screen footage.
  • New Mercury Transmit support, allowing you to add a second reference monitor for fullscreen previews of your compositions.
  • An improved Media Browser to manage and import content more easily. Navigate your media locally or across the network via Adobe Anywhere, including complex media types such as P2 and XDCAM.

At NAB Adobe is also unveiling new features for Adobe Anywhere (opens in new tab), the collaborative workflow platform that empowers teams using Adobe professional video apps to work together as they access and manage centralised media and assets across virtually any network.

For details of all the new features being added to the Creative Cloud video apps, check out this Adobe blog post (opens in new tab).

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.