Adobe After Effects CS5 Visual Effects and Compositing by Mark Christiansen

By Mark Christiansen

This can be the one booklet out there to concentration completely at the production of visible results for After results clients, and is a one-stop source for someone who desires in-depth motives that demystify the area of visible results and the way they have been created, due to veteran writer Mark Christiansen's pleasant and available kind. A completely packed, informative learn, this masterful advisor specializes in explaining the fundamental thoughts, gains, and methods which are key to making seamless movie-quality visible results. clients who're happy with After results will discover a important assessment of the basics - handling pictures, viewing and modifying layers, animating variety, and extra - to allow them to tips on how to paintings smarter and extra successfully. Readers of all degrees will study middle innovations for results compositing together with colour matching, keying, rotoscoping, movement monitoring, emulating the digicam, and concluding with utilizing expressions in After results, written via contributor and professional Dan Ebberts. a really important appendix on scripting in After results is integrated to boot, written by means of Adobe engineer Jeff Almasol. the ultimate component of the publication delves into inventive explorations, demonstrating specialist results which are in general obvious in motion pictures and video games which readers can re-create. Readers also will locate finished assurance of all that is new and makes this model of Adobe's results programa must-have replace, together with the innovative new Roto Brush, all new results corresponding to the hot Refine Matte impact, new aid for colour Look-Up Tables, workflows that make the most of the all-new 64-bit help, inclusion of third-party instruments for extra creativity, and lots more and plenty extra.

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If you are in any doubt about that, set it to Ask User to avoid forgetting to set it properly. More information on alpha channels and how they operate is found in Chapter 3. After Effects does not interpret an alpha unless you specifically click Guess; if you merely clear the dialog (Esc) it uses the previous default. Frame Rate I have known many experienced artists to be bitten by careless errors with frame rate, myself included. dpx, which have this capability). You can also override the QuickTime frame rate, which is exactly what After Effects does with footage containing any sort of pulldown (see next section).

20) to define a rectangular preview region. Only the layer data needed to render that area is calculated and buffered, lengthening RAM previews. With the cursor over a specific area of the frame, hold the Alt (Opt) key as you zoom to keep that point centered. 27 I: Working Foundations In general, the more responsive you can make your user interface, the better will be the result because you can make more decisions in a shorter period of time. Just leave time to double-check the result if you are in the habit of disabling screen viewers.

Convert raw footage by dragging it directly to the Render Queue panel, no composition required (one is made for you). This is a quick and easy way to convert an image sequence to a QuickTime movie, or vice versa. Each Render Queue item has two sets of settings: Render Settings (which controls how the composition itself is set when generating the source image data) and Output Module (which determines how that image data is then written to disk). 27): . Composition corresponds directly to settings in the Timeline panel; here you choose whether to keep or override them.

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