Adobe today is updating both Premiere Pro and After Effects with some nice quality of life features. Most exciting, however, are the new 3D transformation tools for After Effects.
The new feature combines position, scale and rotation in one easy-to-use tool, mimicking what other professional 3D applications like Cinema 4E, Maya and Blender have been offering users for years. Users can also focus on one property type for greater accuracy.
As someone who has worked in After Effects for over a decade, these updated 3D tools (aka gizmos) are long overdue and appreciated. It’s fantastic when all three tools are available right in the viewport. Adapting to the UI philosophy of other applications not only makes it easier to use and precision, it also makes it easier to switch between programs. In the past, navigating the 3D area of After Effects has been a bit tedious and not intuitive, so I welcome the change.
In addition to the improved 3D interface, After Effects also receives improved camera tools that are supposed to facilitate navigation in 3D space. Premiere Pro is also getting some updates: the scene editing detection can automatically split clips that have already been edited, an HDR update for broadcasters and a new quick export option right in the header. Most tools launch first in the public beta versions of After Effects and Premiere Pro. So, you’ll need to install these versions to try them out right away.