After Effects CS4 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide

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Peachpit Press, Dec 12, 2008 - Computers - 528 pages
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Here to get filmmakers, Web designers, broadcasters, and digital artists of all kinds up to speed on After Effects CS4—and in time to meet their next deadline—is everyone's favorite task-based guide. Through step-by-step instructions, enhanced by tips, sidebars, and plenty of visual aids, veteran video editor Antony Bolante shows readers how to effectively and efficiently import and manage footage, view and edit layers, apply effects, animate type, and more. They'll learn about key features with real world examples of how and when features should be used, including what's new in After Effects CS4: the addition of Imagineer System’s Mocha for Adobe After Effects, which allows users to do motion tracking for difficult shots; the ability to export rich media compositions from After Effects to Adobe Flash; searchable timelines and projects, plus easier composition navigation; the ability to import Photoshop 3D layers; independent keyframing of X, Y, and Z axis positions; the new Cartoon effect for creating an animated look to live footage; and many more enhancements.

 

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Contents

After Effects The Big Picture
1
Importing Footage into a Project
21
Managing Footage
49
Compositions
75
Layer Basics
97
Layer Editing
113
Properties and Keyframes
141
Playback Previews and RAM
175
Effects Fundamentals
263
Creating and Animating Text
289
Painting on a Layer
321
More Layer Techniques
355
3D Layers
399
Complex Projects
441
Output
473
Index
501

Keyframe Interpolation
195
Mask Essentials
233

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About the author (2008)

Antony Bolante freelances in video post-production and technical writing. He has taught video editing to graduate and undergraduate students using Avid Media Composer, Premiere, and of course, After Effects. He has contributed to Adobe’s documentation and is also the author of the previous editions of this guide as well as the Premiere Pro Visual QuickPro Guide.

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