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Provides students with samples to see how an After Effects technique works, and also allows the students to use them as sources for their own experimentation. Ex.___
Allows students to learn the most important tasks of Adobe After Effects and get right to work on any project. Ex.___
Succinct numbered instructions provide a logical approach to learning tasks. Ex.___
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Highlighted tips throughout the book offer author advice, timesaving shortcuts, and pointers for students who want a further understanding of After Effects. Ex.___
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Adobe After Effects 4.1 software offers extraordinary creative freedom and control for designing sophisticated motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia, and the Web. Its tight integration with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere gets you up and running fast and makes you more productive.
After Effects: Visual QuickPro Guide introduces video and film producers to the comprehensive set of tools available in After Effects. Step-by-step instructions lead intermediate-level readers through some of After EffectsÕs more advanced features in video editing. The most useful, project-enhancing features of AdobeÕs powerful application are covered in detail.
1. After Effects: The Big Picture.
The QuickPro Series. Adobe's Dynamic Media Suite. Minimum Requirements. Suggested System Features. Professional System Additions. New Features. The Standard Version versus the Production Bundle. Mac versus Windows. Overview of the Work Flow. Overview of the Interface. Grouping Related Windows. Using Tabbed Windows and Palettes.
Creating a Project. Importing Files. Importing Unrecognized Files. Still Image Durations. Importing Files with Alpha Channels. Importing PhotoShop and Illustrator Files. Importing Premiere Projects. Importing an After Effects Project. Importing Audio. Importing Motion Footage. Setting the Frame Rate. Looping. Film: Pulldown. Pixel Aspect Ratios. Setting the EPS Options. Interpretation of Footage.
Displaying Information in the Project Window. Sorting Footage in the Project Window. Using Labels. Organizing Footage in Folders. Renaming and Removing Items. Proxies and Placeholders. Proxies in the Project Window. Viewing Footage. Opening Footage in the Original Application. The Footage Window. Cueing Motion Footage. Magnification and Safe Zones. Video-Safe Zones and Grid. Rulers and Guides. Snapshots. Channels.
Creating Compositions. Choosing Composition Settings. The Composition and Time Layout Windows. Setting the Time. Adding Footage to a Composition. Solids and Adjustment Layers. Nesting Compositions.
Selecting Layers. Stacking Order. Naming Layers. Layer Numbers and Labels. Switching Video and Audio On and Off. Locking a Layer. Basic Layer Switches. Shy Layers. Continuously Rasterizing a Layer. Quality Setting Switches.
Viewing Layers in the Time Graph and Layer Windows. The Time Graph. Navigating the Time Graph. The Layer Window. Trimming Layers. Moving Layers in Time. Sequencing and Overlapping Layers. Other Editing Functions. Using Markers.
Layer Property Types. Viewing Properties. Setting Global versus Animated Properties. Viewing Spatial Controls in the Composition Window. Transform Properties. Using Slider Controls for Setting Properties. Alternative Controls for Setting Properties. Nudging Layer Properties. Audio Properties. Viewing an Audio Waveform. Using the Audio Palette. Controlling Layer Properties with Keyframes. Moving Keyframes. Copying Values and Keyframes.
Frame Rates of Playback versus Preview. Using the Time Controls. Scrubbing Video. Suppressing Window Updates. Scrubbing Audio. Types of Previews. Setting the Work Area. Managing RAM.
Creating Masks. Viewing Masks. Targeting Masks. Drawing Mask Shapes. Control Points and Segments. Building a Path. How Mighty Is Your Pen? Selecting Masks and Points. Opening and Closing Paths. Scaling and Rotating Masks. Changing the Shape of a Mask. Path Editing Tools. Using Masks from PhotoShop and Illustrator. Inverting a Mask. Locking and Hiding Masks. Moving Masks Relative to the Layer Image. Feathering Mask Edges. Mask Modes.
Standard Effect Categories. Applying Effects. Viewing Effect Property Controls. Using the Effect Controls Window. Removing and Resetting Effects. Effect Information and Options. Disabling Effects Temporarily. Adjusting Effects in the Effect Controls Window. Setting Color in the Effect Controls Window. Setting Values in the Effect Controls Window. Setting the Angle in the Effect Controls Window. Setting an Effect Point. Using Favorite Effects. Copying and Pasting Effects. Applying Multiple Effects. Applying Effects to an Adjustment Layer. Compound Effects. Using Compound Effects. Animating Effects.
Adjust Effects. Using the Levels Effect. Audio Effects. Using the Stereo Mixer. Blur and Sharpen Effects. Using the Compound Blur Effect. Channel Effects. Using the Blend Effect. Distort Effects. Using the PS + Spherize Effect. Image Control Effects. Perspective Effects. Using Bevel Alpha. Render Effects. Using the Audio Waveform Effect. Stylize Effects. Text Effects. Using Path Text. Time Effects. Using the Echo Effect. Transition Effects. Using the Gradient Wipe. Video Effects. Using Broadcast Colors.
Frame Blending. Motion Blur. Layer Modes. Layer Mode Types. Preserving Underlying Transparency. Track Mattes.
Spatial and Temporal Interpolation. Interpolation Types. Viewing Motion Paths and Spatial Interpolation. Comparing Motion Paths and Mask Paths. Adjusting Spatial Interpolation in the Motion Path. Default Spatial Interpolation. Mastering Spatial Interpolation. Auto-Orient Rotation. Pasting Mask Paths into Motion Paths. Viewing a Value, Speed, or Velocity Graph. Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration. Viewing Speed in the Motion Path. Changing Property Values in a Value Graph. Recognizing Temporal Interpolation. Adjusting Temporal Interpolation in the Value Graph. Adjusting Temporal Interpolation in the Speed and Velocity Graphs. Mastering Temporal Interpolation. Adjusting Temporal Interpolation Numerically. Keyframe Assistants. Roving Keyframes. Changing Interpolation.
Nesting. Rendering Order. Subverting the Render Order. Synchronizing Time. Using the Flowchart View. Pre-composing. Collapsing Transformations. Recursive Switches. Pre-Rendering.
Keying Effects. Using a Garbage Matte. Using the Color Difference Key. Matte Tools. Using the Simple Choker. Production Bundle Audio Effects. Using Parametric EQ. Production Bundle Visual Effects. Using the Displacement Map Effect. Using the Glow Effect. Using Other Glow Settings. Using the Wiggler Plug-In Palette. Keyframe Assistants. Using Motion Math. Motion Math Scripts Included with the Production Bundle. Understanding the Motion Math Dialog Box. Running a Motion Math Script.
The Render Queue Window. Making a Movie. Using the Render Queue Window. Pausing and Stopping Rendering. Assigning Multiple Output Modules. Choosing Render Settings. Choosing Output Module Settings. Creating Templates. Exporting Single Still Images. Setting Overflow Volumes. Movie Files and Compression. QuickTime Video Codecs. Video for Windows Codecs.