Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects (With CD-ROM) (DV Expert Series)

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9780879306069: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects (With CD-ROM) (DV Expert Series)
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Adobe's After Effects is the standard software for desktop motion graphics production. This book leads beginning users to more advanced skills for creating professional motion graphics -- high-impact, multielement imagery for film and video. The authors describe how the program works internally, how various features relate to actual program demands, and how to use After Effects tools to solve creative challenges.

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If you have been using After Effects for years, have just started using it, or are considering using it, get this book. Written by Trish and Chris Meyer, perhaps best known for their monthly motion-graphics column in DV Magazine, Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects is the definitive book on using this powerful tool.

Every page is in color and is filled with tips, notes, warnings, and screenshots. The format is clearly not boilerplate--there is no wasted space, yet the book manages to strike a balance between being information-packed, easy-to-read, and enjoyable to look at. The only downside of this book is that it doesn't have a spiral or lie-flat binding.

Nine sections break down the features of After Effects in a logical manner, starting with basic animation and key framing, and on to layers, masks, mattes, effects, and rendering. Part 6's four chapters explain using After Effects with its sister applications, Photoshop and Illustrator, and Part 7 covers audio--an important but rarely discussed aspect of any presentation. Part 9 features a wide array of technical discussions, including field rendering and interlacing, 3:2 pull-down, working at film-resolution and widescreen sizes, prerendering, and using proxy files.

The CD-ROM gives 22 tutorials and includes project files. These lessons range from the basic ("Getting Animated" for After Effects beginners) to what falls into the "Oh, wow, I would never have thought of that!" category (a Matrix title-sequence look-alike). The CD-ROM also includes all the projects and source files cited in each chapter, plus tech tips covering 12 difficult and common technical areas--including alpha channels, the aspect ratio, and the After Effects rendering pipeline.

An artisan at the top of his or her craft often takes on the task of teaching others. Those working in the fields of animation, effects, motion graphics, and digital media are lucky that authors Trish and Chris Meyer are living by this rule. --Mike Caputo

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"A 'must have' for aspiring or established motion graphic designers. Based on years of experience, Trish and Chris provide a wealth of information that integrates After Effect's powerful tools with creative and professional solutions." -- Steve Tiborcz, After Effects Quality Engineering

"I cant think of anyone more qualified to show you how to get the most out of After Effects than Trish and Chris Meyer." -- Steve Kilisky, Senior Product Manager, After Effects, Adobe Systems Inc.

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