Wow, just read Andrew Kramer’s activity on videocopilot.net and followed a quick link to Adobe’s site. Pretty much jaw-dropped, when I saw the new features After Effects CS6 has got. Geeky term- Global Performance Cache is one of the biggest new updates to the AE’s heart. It means that everything is sped up. For example, if there is some footage loaded into RAM and if one applies an effect to the same footage layer, the footage is lost from RAM, obviously. However if the effect is disabled, the original footage, which was loaded previously, magically comes back into RAM and ready for real-time preview. That saves like…50% of our time in AE!?
I couldn’t believe my eyes, when I saw that there is an integrated 3D tracker in AE. We’ll just have to see, how well it operates with shaky-blurry footage, but sure looks promising. Talking about tracking, it seems that now it is possible to launch Mocha directly inside AE without leaving the program. Yet another minute saved!
Anyone remember duplicating text layers and offsetting them in Z-space to make and fake a 3D text effect? Or using that destruction effect, which had some kind of 3D capability? No need for that anymore I guess. The layers can now be extruded with a slider and also rendered with a new raytraced render engine, delivering better soft shadows, transparency and DoF blur. I also noticed a slider for index of refraction in one of their presentation videos!
Can’t wait to get my hands on that!