Monday, November 4, 2019

ProEXR 2.5

Today marks the release of Adobe After Effects 2020, which includes ProEXR 2.5. In fact, improved multi-channel performance is one of the highlighted features in this version of AE. Users who had previously installed version 2.0 have already been enjoying the extra speed, but now it's shipping with AE itself.

ProEXR 2.5 gets rid of the separate ProEXR AE plug-in, which has been merged into the main OpenEXR plug-in. That means AE now ships with the features in ProEXR AE, such as the ability to set up your layered comps for you, as well as export layered EXR files. To have AE set up comps for you, import your EXRs using AE's regular Import File dialog, and then tell it to Import As Composition, which is very easy to miss. Fans of the old File menu item can bring it back by editing their AE preferences file.

Import As Composition
Also coming along for the ride is the Cryptomatte plug-in that first appeared in ProEXR 2.0. In addition, ProEXR 2.5 uses newly added AE APIs to support the reading and writing of timecode with EXR files. And finally, the EXtractoR and IDentifier interfaces have been re-done, getting rid of their modal dialogs in favor of menus right in the Effect Controls Window.

The easiest way to get ProEXR 2.5 is to just start using the new version of AE. For people sticking with older versions, you can still download the plug-ins from the ProEXR site.

Enjoy!

2 comments:

Roei T said...

Hi, I am using CC2019 and downloaded proexr2.5 zip file, and the ProEXR AE.aex effect is missing so I can't really create exr comps in older versions. is that intentional? thanks

Brendan said...

The functionality from ProEXR AE has been rolled in to the regular OpenEXR plug-in. The way to create comps in the new version is to use AE's standard Import dialog and then choose the option to Import as Composition, like you would with a layered Photoshop file.

If you preferred the old method where you run File > Create ProEXR Layer Comps, you can bring it back by editing your AE preferences file. In the "OpenEXR" section, set "File Menu Item" to "1" and save. Make sure AE is not running when you do this. Next time you launch AE, the menu item will be back.