AfterEffects to Longhorn: Repeat of History?

Talking with my co-worker Frankie about future plans I had heard about for AfterEffects and Longhorn. No, can’t remember where I heard it, but basically, plans for outputting either it or Premiere to Longhorn. Now, without getting into the nitty gritty details, basically envision your animation/composition (parts of it) are rendered in realtime via Longhorn. Since the animations are built into the OS for hardware + software accerleration, you have a new platform for distribution.

That, however, is not the point of this post. I think a few of us can remember an animation program that slowly obtained scripting and over time morphed into a totally different product. Flash. If I were Adobe’s CEO, the interjection and further development of the javascript ‘esque abilities in AfterEffects would be awesome if some of your “comps” (think Flash Graphic symbols) were scriptable with C#/VB when you exported to Longhorn. That’d be fuggin’ tight.

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