Adobe's After Effects Now Offers Content-Aware Fill for Video

The progress of Photoshop’s content-aware fill over recent years has been undeniable. In exciting news for videographers, the tool has now arrived to After Effects for use in video editing.

Examples of the new tool visibly demonstrate the ease with which the tool can remove unwanted elements. In a new video released to the official Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube channel, viewers are shown a clip of a castle in which tourists and other distracting elements are removed through the "Generate Fill Layer" tool.

This is where the magic happens. Content-Aware Fill has the ability to analyze both the content and motion of your frames, filling in the selected blank areas by selecting the most appropriate pixels throughout the composition.

Here’s a look at the before and after.

Of the update, Adobe said:

Editors can now remove people, objects, shadows and much more while keeping the video content you want intact, helping you to streamline your editing process.

Should the automated process not work to your liking, there’s also the option of individually referencing the frames for which you want After Effects to sample.

Adobe have uploaded a couple of free tutorials to help users understand how the new tool works.

After Effects v16.1 is now available for download through Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Joey Jonaitis's picture

I remember the first time they came out with the content aware fill for AE. I think that was all the way back at CS6? Of course that never worked and never caught on, removed shortly after.
Higher hopes for this one, as long as it don't provide results like the "Morph cut".