Adobe After Effects CS4 Visual Effects and Compositing by Mark Christiansen

By Mark Christiansen

This is often the single ebook within the After results industry to concentration solely at the construction of visible results, and is a one-stop source for someone who wishes in-depth causes that demystify the area of visible results and the way they have been created, because of veteran writer Mark Christiansen's pleasant and obtainable kind. A completely packed, informative learn, this masterful advisor makes a speciality of explaining the fundamental techniques, positive aspects, and methods which are key to making seamless movie-quality visible results. clients who're ok with After results will discover a invaluable evaluation of After results fundamentals—managing photos, viewing and enhancing layers, animating variety, and more—so they could easy methods to paintings smarter and extra successfully. Readers of all degrees will study middle concepts for results compositing together with colour matching, keying, rotoscoping, movement monitoring, emulating the digital camera, and concluding with utilizing expressions in After results, written by way of contributor and professional Dan Ebberts. the ultimate part of the e-book delves into inventive explorations, demonstrating expert results that readers will need to re-create. Readers also will locate entire assurance of all that is new and makes this model of Adobe’s results software this sort of boon to video professionals of all stripes: searchable timelines and initiatives, Photoshop 3D layers import, the comic strip influence, Imagineer platforms’ Mocha for Adobe After results, better workflow for cellular units, and extra. during the ebook, attractive full-color examples exhibit what is attainable, whereas the better half DVD deals demos of After results CS4, pattern photos, and software program plug-ins.

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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).

You can easily avoid these types of problems: After Effects does not guess an alpha unless you specifically click Guess; if you merely clear the dialog (Esc) it uses the previous default. If the alpha channel type is unclear, click Guess in the mini Interpretation dialog that appears when importing footage with alpha. This often (not always) yields a correct setting. Preferences > Import contains a default alpha channel preference, which is fine to set on a project with consistent alpha handling.

Naming Conventions Part of growing a studio is devising a naming scheme that keeps projects and renders organized. It’s generally considered good form to . Use standard Unix naming conventions (replacing spaces with underscores, intercaps, dashes, or dots). Put the version number at the end of the project name and the output file, and have them match. tif for version 1. Pad sequential numbers (adding zeros at the beginning) to keep things in order as the overall number moves into multiple digits.

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