Adobe After Effects Now Has Content-Aware Fill to Auto-Erase Unwanted Items in Videos

Adobe After Effects - Content-Aware Fill

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If you’re interested in motion graphics and digital visual effects, there's great news from Adobe. Two years after teasing the feature at Adobe MAX, content-aware fill is now available in After Effects. One of Photoshop's most coveted features, content-aware fill allows you to quickly erase unwanted elements from a video.

Anyone who works on videos will know that this is a huge timesaver. Gone are the days of eliminating an element from individual video frames. Now, the applications are endless, whether you want to remove a tourist from scenery needed for a historical film or eliminate a boom mic that accidentally made its way into the frame.

Content-aware fill is available in the latest edition of After Effects (16.1) and Adobe has made sample footage available, as well as tutorials for the tool. It's actually quite easy to use. Just select unwanted items using keying, masking, or the Roto Brush. After that, it's as simple as clicking a button and the layer will be filled in after the program analyzes the best pixels for the scene. If you want to have even more control, content-aware fill also allows users to paint in specific reference frames for the program to use in its analysis.

This means no more unwanted shadows or reshoots to remove a logo from a piece of clothing. All that's left to do now is download After Effects through Adobe Creative Cloud and get to work.

Adobe After Effects now has the content-aware fill tool, which was previously only available in Photoshop.

Adobe After Effects - Content-Aware Fill

The useful tool allows you to quickly select unwanted items and have them erased from video clips.

Adobe After Effects - Content-Aware Fill

Adobe After Effects - Content-Aware Fill

Adobe After Effects - Content-Aware Fill

Learn more about this spectacular update of Adobe After Effects.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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