Adobe After Effects CS4 Visual Effects and Compositing by Mark Christiansen

By Mark Christiansen

This can be the one e-book within the After results marketplace to concentration solely at the production of visible results, and is a one-stop source for somebody who wishes in-depth motives that demystify the area of visible results and the way they have been created, because of veteran writer Mark Christiansen's pleasant and obtainable sort. A completely packed, informative learn, this masterful advisor specializes in explaining the basic strategies, good points, and methods which are key to making seamless movie-quality visible results. clients who're pleased with After results will discover a precious evaluation of After results fundamentals—managing pictures, viewing and enhancing layers, animating variety, and more—so they could the best way to paintings smarter and extra successfully. Readers of all degrees will research center innovations for results compositing together with colour matching, keying, rotoscoping, movement monitoring, emulating the digital camera, and concluding with utilizing expressions in After results, written through contributor and specialist Dan Ebberts. the ultimate component to the publication delves into artistic explorations, demonstrating specialist results that readers will need to re-create. Readers also will locate complete insurance of all that is new and makes this model of Adobe’s results software any such boon to video execs of all stripes: searchable timelines and tasks, Photoshop 3D layers import, the sketch influence, Imagineer structures’ Mocha for Adobe After results, greater workflow for cellular units, and extra. in the course of the e-book, attractive full-color examples show what is attainable, whereas the spouse DVD deals demos of After results CS4, pattern pictures, and software program plug-ins.

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28 It’s easy to miss that you can add multiple Output Modules to a single render queue item via Composition > Add Output Module or this context menu. This is an immense timesaver, as each frame is rendered once and written as many times as you like. 29 Custom-number a frame sequence here; no convoluted workarounds needed. Output Modules: Making Movies Output Modules convert the rendered frame into an actual file. The main decisions here concern . Format . Size . Audio . Color management Want the best looking halfresolution render?

Once you enable multiprocessing, you can tune how it is handled: . 0 GB for larger than HD and 32 bpc projects (Chapter 11 tells you more about those). Weight memory more toward RAM Previews (a foreground process, so you wait for it) or faster background renders (while you continue to work). Spare whole CPUs for other applications. 22). 22 Whoa—Memory and Multiprocessing settings are not simple, although they are thoroughly described in this dynamic Preference. Caching and Previewing After Effects automatically caches footage as you navigate from frame to frame (Page Up/Page Down) or load a RAM preview (0 on the numeric keypad).

Import and Organize Source Getting a source file from a disk or server into After Effects is no big deal. You can use File > Import > File (or Multiple Files), or just drag footage directly from the Finder or Windows Explorer into the Project panel. You can also doubleclick in an empty area of the Project panel. Image sequences have a couple of specific extra rules. I strongly advocate working with a sequence instead of QuickTime in production for the following reasons: . An image sequence is less fragile than a QuickTime movie; if there is a bad frame in a sequence, it can be replaced, but it will corrupt an entire movie.

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