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Tough motion-graphics and effects production challenges require bold solutions, and Adobe's completely overhauled After Effects 6.0 ($699, Standard Edition; $999, Professional Edition) has a bushel of them! Here to get you up to speed on it--perhaps in time to meet your next deadline!--is everyone's favorite task-based guide. Employing the same concise instructions and visual approach as Peachpit's popular Visual QuickStart Guides but geared toward more advanced users, this Visual QuickPro Guide covers all the improvements that make this version of Adobe's motion-graphics and effects program such a boon to video pros of all stripes: a revolutionary text engine, support for OpenGL (which greatly accelerates 2D and 3D graphics rendering), new vector paint tools (which allow painting on layers), a faster and more accurate motion tracker, advanced keying tools, and more. Through step-by-step instructions, enhanced by plenty of tips and sidebars, veteran video editor Antony Bolante will have you effectively and efficiently importing and managing footage, viewing and editing layers, applying effects, animating type, and more in no time.
1. The Big Picture.
2. Importing Footage into a Project.
3. Managing Footage.
5. Layer Basics.
6. Layer Editing.
7. Properties and Keyframes.
8. Playback, Previews, and RAM.
9. Mask Essentials.
10. Effects Fundamentals.
11. Standard Effects in Action.
12. Creating and Animating Text.
13. Painting on a Layer.
14. 12 More Layer techniques.
15. 13 Keyframe Interpolation.
16. 14 3D Layers.
17. 15 Complex Projects.
18. 17 Output.