Adobe After Effects 7.0 Studio Techniques

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Ready to learn the visual effects techniques used at such leading-edge studios as Industrial Light + Magic and The Orphanage? Adobe After Effects 7.0 Studio Techniques inspires you to take your work to the next level with real-world examples and insider techniques. With this under-the-hood, in-depth guide to Adobe's updated motion graphics and effects powerhouse, you'll get complete coverage of all the big features in After Effects 7.0: High dynamic range (HDR) 32 bit per channel color compositing, cinema preview...

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Overview

Ready to learn the visual effects techniques used at such leading-edge studios as Industrial Light + Magic and The Orphanage? Adobe After Effects 7.0 Studio Techniques inspires you to take your work to the next level with real-world examples and insider techniques. With this under-the-hood, in-depth guide to Adobe's updated motion graphics and effects powerhouse, you'll get complete coverage of all the big features in After Effects 7.0: High dynamic range (HDR) 32 bit per channel color compositing, cinema preview and color management, a redesigned user interface, a new Graph Editor to animate using explicit translation curves, retiming effects using Timewarp, and dozens of other enhancements. Get blockbuster results without the big budget as you delve deep into the essence of visual effects. This book goes beyond conventional step-by-step instruction, teaching you bread-and-butter effects that you can adapt and combine for countless projects.

  • Real solutions from real professionals: learn the techniques and approach used to create shots for big-budget special effects films.
  • Compositing essentials: No matter how sophisticated the effect, they all begin with the same building blocks. Find out what you've been missing about color and light matching, keying, motion tracking, rotoscoping, working with film, and more.
  • Advanced techniques: Your goal should be effects so good that no one notices them. From sky replacement to explosions, from smoke to fire, learn to bring your shots to life and enhance scenes without anyone ever knowing what they're seeing isn't 100% real.
  • Companion CD-ROM: Professional tools produce professional results. The book’s companion disc includes plenty of sample projects including HD footage from Pixel Corps and the Artbeats Digital Film Library, as well as more than a dozen plug-ins and programs that you can use to build up and customize your own effects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321385529
  • Publisher: Adobe Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Series: Studio Techniques Series
  • Pages: 546
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Christiansen has created visual effects and animations for feature films, television, computer games, and on behalf of an array of high technology companies. His recent feature film credits for the animation and special effects studio The Orphanage include The Day After Tomorrow and films by Robert Rodriguez; he has also created graphics for documentaries produced by HBO and the History Channel. His studio, Christiansen Creative (www.christiansen.com), produces effects, motion graphics, and writing. His independent directing and design work has been featured at film festivals including the LA Short Film Festival in 2004.

Named the number-one beta tester for After Effects 6.0 by the After Effects development team, Mark has written and lectured about After Effects extensively. He is a co-author of After Effects 5.5 Magic with Nathan Moody, a contributing editor for DV Magazine, and wrote the previous edition of this book, as well as tutorials and other materials directly for Adobe in support of After Effects 7.0. He has been a guest speaker at NAB, DV Expo and GDC, as well as user group meetings throughout the San Francisco bay area.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Section I: Working Foundations

1 7.0 UI Primer
2 The Timeline and Animation
3 Selections: The Key to Compositing
4 Optimizing Your Projects

Section II: Effects Compositing Essentials

5 Color and Light: Adjusting and Matching
6 Color Keying
7 Rotoscoping and Paint
8 Effective Motion Tracking
9 Virtual Cinematography
10 Expressions
11 Film, HDR, and 32-Bit Compositing

Section III: Creative Explorations

12 Working with Light
13 Climate: Air, Water, Smoke, Clouds
14 Pyrotechnics: Fire, Explosions, Energy Phenomena
15 Learning to See

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