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After Effects CS4 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide

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After Effects CS4 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide


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  • Copyright 2009
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-59152-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-59152-4

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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After Effects CS4 for Windows and Macintosh: Compositions

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: After Effects: The Big Picture
Chapter 2: Importing Footage into a Project
Chapter 3: Managing Footage
Chapter 4: Compositions
Chapter 5: Layer Basics
Chapter 6: Layer Editing
Chapter 7: Properties and Keyframes
Chapter 8: Playback, Previews, and RAM
Chapter 9: Keyframe Interpolation
Chapter 10: Mask Essentials
Chapter 11: Effects Fundamentals
Chapter 12: Creating and Animating Text
Chapter 13: Painting on a Layer
Chapter 14: More Layer Techniques
Chapter 15: 3D Layers
Chapter 16: Complex Projects
Chapter 17: Output


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