After Effects for Flash: Dynamic Animation and Video with Adobe After Effects CS4 and Adobe Flash CS4 Professional

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Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 brings together two powerful animation tools, each of which has its own specialized features and workflow. Learning to integrate Adobe After Effects and Adobe Flash Professional gives you more options for your animations and effects and the power to integrate video and motion graphics into a richer user experience. In this book, authors Richard Harrington and Marcus Geduld lead both types of users, those who are more familiar with either Flash or with After Effects, on using the programs ...
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Overview

Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 brings together two powerful animation tools, each of which has its own specialized features and workflow. Learning to integrate Adobe After Effects and Adobe Flash Professional gives you more options for your animations and effects and the power to integrate video and motion graphics into a richer user experience. In this book, authors Richard Harrington and Marcus Geduld lead both types of users, those who are more familiar with either Flash or with After Effects, on using the programs together for maximum efficiency and creativity.

After walking you through the core features of both programs, the authors then explore advanced uses for each application. Each chapter focuses on a particular function of the program, teaching you how to create content for Flash with After Effects, enhance your projects using 3D environments, create professional-looking video with Adobe Media Encoder, and add interactivity, accessibility, and searchability to your video. You’ll also get hands-on experience using the project files on the accompanying DVD.

Within these easy-to-follow, step-by-step lessons, you'll learn to:

  • Seamlessly exchange projects and assets between After Effects and Flash
  • Shoot green screen material correctly, work with Keylight, and utilize embedded alpha channels
  • Create dynamic text, vector-based animations, and “animated” video using the tools in Adobe Creative Suite 4
  • Work with 3D cameras and lights and create 3D environments
  • Convert Flash to broadcast and DVD standards with After Effects
  • Use Adobe Media Encoder for professional results
  • Create interactive controls and use cue points in your video
  • Optimize video for accessibility and use Adobe® Soundbooth® for video transcription
  • Use ActionScript in your projects for more innovative animations

Richard Harrington is a certified instructor for Adobe, Apple, and Avid, and an expert in motion graphic design and digital video. He is a regular contributor to Creative Cow, ProVideo Coalition, and numerous industry blogs and magazines. He also owns the visual communications company, RHED Pixel (www.rhedpixel.com) in Washington, DC. Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, chairs conferences for the National Association of Broadcasters, and has written numerous titles including Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4, Photoshop for Video, and Broadcast Graphics on the Spot.

Marcus Geduld is a freelance programmer who teaches programming, design, animation, compositing, and video editing in New York City. He is the author of Premiere Pro Editing Workshop and After Effects Expressions and is the co-author of After Effects On the Spot. Marcus speaks on technical and artistic topics at numerous conferences and is an Adobe Certified Expert, a Macromedia Certified Developer, and an Avid Certified Instructor. He is artistic director of Folding Chair Classical Theatre, a New-York based company which he runs with his wife, actress Lisa Blankenship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321606075
  • Publisher: Adobe Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Edition description: Book & DVD-ROM
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A certified instructor for Adobe, Apple, and Avid, Rich Harrington is an expert in motion graphic design and digital video. His producing skills have been recognized by AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine who named him as one of the Top Producers of 2004. Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker on the digital video circuit. He has chaired conferences since 2003 for the National Association of Broadcasters. Rich’s book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s use in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for After Effects On the Spot, After Effects at Work, and Producing Video Podcasts. Rich is also the author of Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals.

Marcus Geduld works as a freelance (programmer and designer. He also teaches programming, design, animation, compositing and video editing at Future Media Concepts (www.fmctraining.com). He is the author of Premiere Pro Editing Workshop and After Effects Expressions and is the co-author of After Effects On the Spot. Marcus regularly speaks about technical and artistic topics at conferences around the country, including NAB and Macworld. He is an Adobe Certified Expert, a Macromedia Certified Developer, and an Avid Certified Instructor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Technical Essentials

Chapter 1 After Effects Essentials for the Flash User 1

The After Effects Interface Tour 2

Creating a Project 7

Animating in the Timeline 9

Compositing in the Timeline 16

Replacing Content 22

Edit Original Command 24

Rendering Animations 26

What's Next? 28

Chapter 2 Flash Essentials for the After Effects User 29

Creating a New Flash File 30

Importing Assets 33

Using the Library 35

Layers 39

Adding Text 41

Flash CS4's New Animation Method 42

Classic Animation 47

Timeline Editing 48

Simple Easing 49

The Motion Editor 50

Converting to a Symbol 51

Nested Animation 54

Publishing 62

Flash Forward 64

What's Next? 64

Chapter 3 The Production Premium Toolset 65

Integrated Software 66

Exploring Workflow 70

What's Next 86

Part II Creating Content for Flash with After Effects

Chapter 4 Creating Transparent Video with After Effects 87

Shooting Chroma Key Right 89

Keying in After Effects 95

What's Next? 110

Chapter 5 Dynamic Text with After Effects 111

The Project 112

The Setup 112

Text Animation with Animation Groups 114

Save a Preset 123

Scaling and Positioning Text 124

Aligning Text 126

Text-Animation Presets 127

Final Touches 130

What's Next? 131

Chapter 6 Raster vs. Vector 133

Raster Images 134

Vector Images 136

Raster and Vector Animation in After Effects 137

Raster Animation in Flash 139

Vector Drawing Tools in Flash 141

Vector Drawing in After Effects 150

Exporting from After Effects as an XFL File 155

Importing a SWF into After Effects 157

What's Next? 157

Chapter 7 "Tooning" Footage with the Creative Suite 159

The Cartoon Effect in AfterEffects 160

Live Trace with Creative Suite 167

Silhouette with Auto-trace 173

What's Next? 177

Chapter 8 Advanced Animation Tools in After Effects and Flash 179

Motion Sketch 180

Smoother 181

Wiggler 183

The Puppet Tools 185

The Bones Tool 189

Shape Tweening 191

Adding Sound 196

Prepare the Movie for After Effects 197

What's Next? 197

Part III Enhancing Flash with After Effects

Chapter 9 Creating 3D Environments 199

Creating Seamless Textures 200

Assembling Virtual Environments from Photos 207

Creating Seamless Backgrounds with Photomerge 216

Using Vanishing Point Exchange 222

What's Next 228

Chapter 10 Using 3D Cameras and Lights 229

Animating a Camera 230

Animating a 3D Pre-comp 237

Lighting the Scene 239

Adding a Camera to the Scene 243

Camera Orbits 246

Depth of Field 248

Casting Shadows 250

Practice Makes Perfect 251

What's Next? 252

Chapter 11 Converting Flash to Broadcast Standards 253

The Technical Essentials of Video 254

Preparing the FLA File 260

Finishing in After Effects 265

What's Next? 270

Part IV Enhancing Video with Flash

Chapter 12 Professional Encoding of Flash Video 271

Delivery Methods for Flash Video 272

Delivery Formats 275

Delivery Size 276

Deploying Video 279

What's Next? 292

Chapter 13 Creating Interactive Controls 293

The Project 294

Prepping the Video 295

Adding Simple Interactivity with Buttons 300

Advanced Interactivity 306

One More Word About ActionScript 314

What's Next? 314

Chapter 14 Making Video Accessible 315

Section 508 Compliance 316

Transcribing Audio with Soundbooth 317

Making Searchable Video 323

Creating Captioned Video 326

What's Next? 334

Index 335

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