Perfect Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
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So many teaching books boil down to: Here's what you'll create, how's how to create it. In between the steps you may get a few insights into why the author chose a particular approach over another but generally you're left with more questions than answers. Luckily there are a few books out there that address the "why" and the "what is...?" as much as they do the "here's how" and Mr. Harrington and Mr. Geduld's book is one of them.This book will serve a beginner but it's best in the hands of an advanced amateur, someone who can "wing it" and create animated titles or flip-books in AfterFX, who can draw and animate vector shapes in Flash, who can even author a DVD without burning coasters. But to go from "winging it" to "skillful" you'll have to be proficient with +all+ the tools that are available. You need to know the strengths and weaknesses of each program and establish an efficient work flow. You should know what to expect from the various file types you'll encounter, when and how best to transcode your video assets and which program is better suited for a particular aspect of your project. To accomplish this takes time and practice. With experience you'll know how files behave inside these programs and what advantages each one offers. This is especially important for video files. Codecs and containers all have their idiosyncrasies; some are easier to work with in Flash, some in AfterFX. Knowing how to incorporate Adobe Media Encoder (or Handbrake, QT, Squeeze etc.) is an important part of the work flow. This book is a great shortcut to understanding all of that because it explains and illustrates the process so well.
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