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After Effects 5.0/5.5, H-O-T hands-on training
Author:
Weinman, Lynda.
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Berkeley, CA : Lynda.com/books in association with Peachpit Press, [2003]

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xxv, 621 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.).
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CD-ROM includes: 30-day trial version of After Effects 5.5 and QuickTime 5.
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English
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9780201754698
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Summary

Adobe After Effects gives users control over moving images. This text provides classroom-proven exercises for learning After Effects' tools for creating motion graphics effects. Included is coverage of the animation, masking and compositing features of After Effects 5.


Author Notes

Lynda Weinman is an author, instructor, and designer who specializes in Web design, graphics, and animation. She has taught digital arts at numerous seminars and colleges
Craig Newman has worked in the film industry for over 23 years as an animator, art director, visual effects supervisor, line producer, production manager, and training manager


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xii
1. Backgroundp. 2
What is After Effects?p. 2
What is Animation?p. 3
What Formats Does After Effects Produce?p. 4
How Does AE Differ From Photoshop?p. 4
How is After Effects Different From Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Premiere?p. 5
How is After Effects Different From Macromedia Flash?p. 5
What is Compositing?p. 6
What is Video?p. 6
How Do I Get Video Content Into AE?p. 7
What is a Digital Image?p. 8
What Tools Do I Need Besides AE?p. 9
How Do I Learn More About Animation, Video and Compositing?p. 9
2. Interfacep. 10
First View of After Effectsp. 11
The Project Windowp. 12
The Composition Windowp. 13
The Timeline Windowp. 14
Time Controls Palettep. 15
Audio Palettep. 16
Info and Toolbox Palettesp. 17
Shortcut Keysp. 18
Exercise 1 Using the After Effects Interfacep. 20
3. The Projectp. 24
What Is a Project?p. 25
Exercise 1 Creating and Setting Up a Projectp. 26
Importing Assetsp. 27
Exercise 2 Importing Photoshop Documentsp. 28
Exercise 3 Importing Illustrator Documentsp. 30
Exercise 4 Importing QuickTime Moviesp. 31
Organizing Your Projectp. 33
Exercise 5 Creating Foldersp. 34
Exercise 6 Renaming Foldersp. 37
Exercise 7 Deleting Footagep. 38
Test Yourself on This Chapter!p. 39
4. The Compositionp. 40
What Is a Composition?p. 41
Exercise 1 Composition Settingsp. 44
Frames, Timecode, or Feet and Frames Settings?p. 51
Exercise 2 Getting Footage into the Compositionp. 53
Exercise 3 Importing a Photoshop File as a Compositionp. 57
Test Yourself on This Chapter!p. 61
5. Timeline, Keyframes, and Animationp. 62
What Is a Keyframe?p. 63
Exercise 1 Setting Keyframesp. 64
What Is a Property?p. 70
Exercise 2 Previewing the Motionp. 71
Exercise 3 Editing the Motionp. 74
Exercise 4 Copying and Pasting Keyframesp. 82
Exercise 5 Moving Keyframesp. 91
Exercise 6 Animating Multiple Propertiesp. 94
Automatic Keyframe Shortcutsp. 100
What are Bezier Curves and Handles?p. 100
Exercise 7 Using Bezier Handles with Motion Pathsp. 102
Spatial Interpolation Typesp. 107
Mixing Spatial Interpolation Typesp. 108
Exercise 8 Following a Complex Motion Pathp. 109
Exercise 9 Animating Scale Using Control Handlesp. 116
What Is the Anchor Point?p. 119
Exercise 10 Animating the Anchor Point Using the Pan Behind Toolp. 120
Test Yourself On This Chapter!p. 123
6. Playing with Timep. 124
Spatial Versus Temporal Interpolationp. 125
Exercise 1 Using the Keyframe Assistantp. 126
Exercise 2 Editing the Speed Graphp. 132
Exercise 3 Using the Hold Temporal Interpolation Methodp. 135
Exercise 4 Using Roving Keyframesp. 142
What Is Keyframe Interpolation?p. 147
7. Previewing Moviesp. 150
The Importance of Previewingp. 151
The Time Controls Palettep. 151
Types of Previewsp. 154
Exercise 1 Play Modes in the Time Controls Palettep. 155
Exercise 2 Skipping Frames for Faster RAM Previewsp. 157
Exercise 3 Lowering Preview Resolutionp. 160
Exercise 4 Changing Resolution in the Composition Windowp. 163
Exercise 5 Previewing a Region of Interestp. 166
Exercise 6 Limiting Previews with Work Area Settingsp. 169
Exercise 7 Wireframe Previewsp. 171
Eeek! Which Setting Should You Use?p. 173
8. Layersp. 174
Exercise 1 Layer Basicsp. 175
Exercise 2 Labeling Layersp. 182
What Are Switches?p. 183
Exercise 3 Using Shy Layersp. 186
Exercise 4 Using the Solo Switchp. 188
Exercise 5 Using the Quality Switchp. 191
Exercise 6 The Quality Switch vs. Continuous Rasterizationp. 197
What Is Motion Blur?p. 200
Exercise 7 Applying Motion Blurp. 201
Moving and Trimming Time in Layersp. 203
Exercise 8 In and Out Points In Layersp. 204
Exercise 9 Keyboard Methods for Trimming Layersp. 208
Exercise 10 Splitting Layersp. 212
Exercise 11 Time Stretching and Frame Blendingp. 215
Exercise 12 Time Remappingp. 220
Exercise 13 Replacing Layersp. 223
Exercise 14 Sequencing Layersp. 226
What Is a Solid Layer?p. 234
Exercise 15 Creating Solid Layersp. 235
Aligning and Distributing Layersp. 243
Exercise 16 Using the Align Palettep. 244
What Are Layer Modes?p. 254
Exercise 17 Layer Modesp. 259
9. Parentingp. 262
Parenting Layersp. 263
Exercise 1 Attaching Children to a Parentp. 264
Exercise 2 Preparing for Parentingp. 275
Exercise 3 Animating Children and Parentsp. 280
Exercise 4 Using a Null Object as a Parentp. 292
10. Effectsp. 296
What Are Plug-ins?p. 297
Exercise 1 Applying Effects with Animation over Timep. 298
Exercise 2 Multiple Effects: Rearranging the Orderp. 308
Exercise 3 The Basic Text Effectp. 317
Exercise 4 The Numbers Effectp. 323
Exercise 5 The Path Text Effectp. 328
Exercise 6 The Drop Shadow Effectp. 336
Exercise 7 Adjustment Layers with Effectsp. 344
Exercise 8 Using Pre-compose with Effectsp. 346
The Pre-compose Dialog Boxp. 351
The Effects Palettep. 353
11. Masksp. 356
Exercise 1 Creating Simple Masksp. 357
Drawing Masks with the Pen Toolp. 362
Working with the Selection Toolp. 363
Exercise 2 Drawing Bezier Masks Using the Pen Toolp. 365
Exercise 3 Using Masks with Text Effectsp. 369
Exercise 4 Creating Feathered Masksp. 373
Exercise 5 Using Mask Modesp. 377
Exercise 6 Animating and Changing Mask Shapesp. 386
12. Track Mattesp. 390
What Is an Alpha Channel?p. 391
Importing Alpha Channels from Photoshop Documentsp. 393
Exercise 1 Creating a Track Mattep. 396
Exercise 2 Animating the Track Mattep. 402
Exercise 3 Luminance-Based Track Mattesp. 406
Exercise 4 Soft-Edged Track Matte with a Masked Solid Layerp. 409
Other Masking Modesp. 415
13. 3D Layersp. 422
3D in After Effectsp. 423
Overview of Making 3D Layers in the Timelinep. 424
Exercise 1 Making 3D Layersp. 426
Overview of 3D Viewsp. 436
Exercise 2 Using 3D Viewsp. 437
Exercise 3 Changing Custom Camera Viewsp. 442
Multiple Views in After Effects 5.5p. 444
Exercise 4 Lighting in 3Dp. 446
Exercise 5 Setting Material Optionsp. 457
Exercise 6 Adding and Animating a Camerap. 463
Exercise 7 Animating the Point of Interestp. 469
Exercise 8 Camera Options and Settingsp. 482
Exercise 9 Previewing Draft 3D and Wireframe Interactionsp. 484
14. Expressionsp. 486
Exercise 1 Adding Expressions and Creating Relationshipsp. 487
Exercise 2 Creating Property Relationshipsp. 491
Exercise 3 Multiplying Expression Valuesp. 493
What Are Arrays?p. 496
Exercise 4 Using Arrays with After Effects 5.0p. 497
Exercise 5 Text, Effects, and Expressionsp. 502
Exercise 6 Disabling an Expressionp. 506
Exercise 7 Deleting Expressionsp. 508
JavaScript's Expressions Libraryp. 510
Exercise 8 Converting Expressions to Keyframesp. 511
15. Audiop. 514
Overview of Audio in After Effectsp. 515
Exercise 1 Adding Audio to Your Compositionsp. 516
Exercise 2 Previewing Audiop. 518
Exercise 3 Adding Markers and Commentsp. 520
The Marker Dialog Boxp. 522
The Audio Palettep. 523
Exercise 4 Adjusting Volume Levelsp. 525
16. Rendering Final Moviesp. 530
QuickTime Versus AVI/Video For Windowsp. 531
The Render Queue Windowp. 532
Exercise 1 Using the Render Queue Default Settingsp. 533
Exercise 2 Changing the Render Settingsp. 537
Exercise 3 Working with the Output Modulep. 543
The Output Module Settings Dialog Boxp. 552
Exercise 4 Rendering Audiop. 558
Exercise 5 Saving Alpha Channels or Motion Masksp. 563
How Can You See the Alpha Channel of a Composition?p. 567
After Effects for the Webp. 568
Exercise 6 Saving RAM Previewsp. 572
Exercise 7 Creating and Using Rendering Templatesp. 574
Exercise 8 Collecting Filesp. 582
Writing Macromedia Flash Filesp. 583
Exercise 9 Outputting the Macromedia Flash Formatp. 585
A Resource Appendixp. 590
Books About After Effectsp. 591
CD-ROMs About After Effectsp. 592
Videos About After Effectsp. 592
Online Communities and Resourcesp. 592
Online Resources for Audio and Video Formatsp. 593
HTML and QuickTime Linksp. 593
B Troubleshooting Appendixp. 594
Why Don't My Timeline Frame Numbers Match the Book's?p. 595
Why Do I Get a Gray Frame at the End of a Composition?p. 596
Why Does My RAM Preview Stop Short?p. 596
QuickTime Isn't Working; What Should I Do?p. 596
What Can I Do When the "Missing Footage" Error Message Appears?p. 596
Why Is My Movie Playback Jerky?p. 596
Why Do I Get an "Untitled" Warning?p. 597
Indexp. 598

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