It’s the little things.
After Effects has a slew of handy new features. My favorite big ones are the Mask Tracker and the Detail Preserving Upscale effect. But there are great little features as well, such as masks automatically choosing a color that differes from the background, and new layers being created above selected layers. You can also link properties without manually creating expressions. It’s a very nice update.
But my favorite new feature is one so tiny that you’ll have to scroll all the way to the bottom of Todd Kopriva’s exhaustive blog post to see it:
removal of extraneous warnings regarding missing custom effects
If you used an animation preset based on a custom effect (such as those defined in PresetEffects.xml), you could get a warning that an effect was missing, even though nothing needed for the animation preset was missing.
All of the Prolost After Effects presets have been updated to use the new naming scheme, so once you update to After Effects 12.1, you won’t see any more errors when applying Prolost Burns, Prolost Boardo, or Prolost Stereo Levels.
Thanks for that Adobe!