New October versions of Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects have been released, and as always, they bring with them some new features. Premiere, for example, adds new text options and GPU acceleration for Lumetri scopes, while After Effects adds selectable track mask layers, H.264 encoding in the Render Queue, and improved keyframe navigation.
New in After Effects version 23.0
The big highlight for After Effects motion designers is definitely the new Selectable Track Matte layers. So now any layer can be selected as a track mask via a new dropdown menu in the Modes column. The mask layer can be positioned anywhere in the timeline stack and can be used for several other layers, making composition creation easier and more flexible.
Also new is native H.264 encoding. Projects can be exported flux with hardware-accelerated output and direct rendering of H.264 files from the render queue.
Timeline navigation should be faster with the ability to now keyframe to specific properties or layers. The Shift key in combination with the J and K hotkeys can be used to quickly switch between keyframes and markers of selected layers and properties.
In addition to 50 new animation presets for text animations and the like, new composition presets have been added to make it easier to create new projects. They offer preset frame rates and frame sizes for popular output formats, including social platforms, vertical video, and Ultra HD.
In turn, the public beta of After Effects already lets you test out new OpenColorIO- and ACES-compliant color management, as well as a new 3D model import and a context-sensitive Properts panel. All innovations here in the overview.
New in Premiere Pro version 23.0
When creating titles directly in Premiere, there are new flexible controls for aligning text and shape elements, also multiple title clips can be selected in the Timeline to efficiently change attributes such as font or size, colors, and backgrounds. For better control when adding decorative elements to graphics and text, you can now choose between inner, center, or outer outlines.
Animation templates (MOGRTs) created in After Effects now use multi-frame rendering, which should provide twice as fast performance. Also, working with 10bit AVC intra formats should now be up to 2x faster thanks to GPU acceleration on Apple chips.
Speaking of Apple, AAF support extends Premiere Pro's interoperability to Macs with Apple chips. Also, Apple ProRes is now the default codec for previewing most video formats, which should provide better preview quality for rendered content on Windows and macOS.
As mentioned earlier, Lumetri scopes now work with GPU acceleration. And last but not least, the new ARRI ALEXA 35 camera is supported in Premiere Pro, including ARRI RAW and ProRes capture formats. See all the new features overview here.