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After Effects 5.5 Magic

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In the right hands, After Effects can be a creatively enabling motion design tool. With After Effects 5.5 Magic, you can leverage its capabilities. Written by some of the world's top motion graphics experts, this book provides the kind of first-hand advice and practiced techniques that can improve your efficiency and help you hone your skills.

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Overview

In the right hands, After Effects can be a creatively enabling motion design tool. With After Effects 5.5 Magic, you can leverage its capabilities. Written by some of the world's top motion graphics experts, this book provides the kind of first-hand advice and practiced techniques that can improve your efficiency and help you hone your skills.

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There's so much in After Effects 5.5 that it's hard to imagine anyone becoming an expert on all of it. So the coauthors of After Effects 5.5 Magic have drafted help from an all-star team of DV pros, each with their own skills and secrets. The result is an intensely visual, intensely practical guide to creating virtually any form of motion graphics with After Effects.

Here's where you'll find Kory Jones's tips for streamlining full-resolution 3D logo animation projects. Syd Garon and Eric Henry's careful walkthrough of synchronizing animated motion with audio. Coauthor Nathan Moody's painstaking discussion of exporting After Effects work to SWF files. And a whole lot more.

After Effects now comes in two versions: Standard and the souped-up Production Bundle. This book covers both. For example, after walking you through pulling a green-screen matte in After Effects Standard, Sherry Hitch shows you how to perform a similar task using the Production Bundle's Keying Pack effects. (She also presents a "quick and dirty" approach based on color ranges -- great when detail isn't an issue.) The book's project footage comes on CD-ROM, so you can follow in the footsteps of the masters -- all 11 of them. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey┬ľbased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies┬«, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735711440
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: Magic Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Christiansen is a San Francisco based artist/animator and a Contributing Editor for DV Magazine; he began using After Effects in the art department at LucasArts Entertainment Company when it was still a product of CoSA. Recent clients include ABC-TV (with The Orphanage) and Medtronic; while at LucasArts, Mark was the Lead Artist of Behind the Magic which Entertainment Weekly named its number one choice for 1998; he also pioneered the use of full motion video in Rebel Assault II, for which he created over 40 minutes of composited footage, as well as a set of film trailers. He has written over three dozen articles and features for DV Magazine and other publications and has spoken at NAB, GDC and Develop! UK. This is his first book.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. Cel-Style Animation Tricks.

2. Algorithmic Video Distortion.

3. SWF Export from After Effects.

4. Green-Screen Compositing and Other Keying Techniques.

5. Adding a Realistic Touch to a Composite.

6. Animating Layers from Photoshop and Illustrator.

7. Logo Animation with 3D.

8. 3D Images and 3D Layers.

9. Building Virtual Sets.

10. Motion Graphics-The Next Level.

11. 3D Match Moves Using 2D Tracking.

12. Elementary Expressions.

13. Using Arrays, Math, and Loops in Expressions.

14. Randomization with Expressions.

15. Animating Without Keyframes.

16. How to Draw with Spirograph!

17. Synchronizing Motion with Audio.

Appendix A. What's on the CD.

Index.

Appendixes on the CD-ROM.

Appendix B. The Digital Motion Design Studio.Appendix C. The NTSC DV Video Standard and QuickTime.Appendix D. Expressions Explained.Appendix E. Difference Mattes.Appendix F. No Budget? Build a Do-It-Yourself Green Screen!

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