After Effects CC has been given a new render engine.
Skipping the 2016 version, After Effects CC 2017 will get a boost from Cinerender technology from the minds at Maxon, using the Standard Cinema 4D renderer for CPU rendering.
3D elements are now editable intuitively within After Effects, with content generated quicker and more efficiently than ever.
At MAX, Adobe also revealed a new tool for compositing 3D elements onto 2D images called Project Felix.
Adobe After Effects CC 2017 is available now.
[Updated 10 November 2016 with version name and release details]