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 Jerseybased 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.