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Adobe After Effects 5.0: Classroom In A Book

Adobe After Effects 5.0 Classroom in a BookYou can sink the Titanic with it, but you don't have to. Filmmakers andTV-commercial directors have turned to Adobe After Effects for years tocreate sophisticated visual effects, but its fan club is rapidly expandingto include graphic designers who want to add motion graphics to their Websites. Adobe After Effects 5.0 Classroom in a Book takes theintimidation factor out of this moviemaking program without diminishing itspowerful potential. Developed by the experts at Adobe, this project-basedguide walks you through easy-to-follow lessons tested in the company's ownclassrooms.Not assuming any prior After Effects knowledge, Adobe After Effects 5.0Classroom in a Book takes a building-block approach. The book isdesigned around one large and complex project that is broken down intomanageable lessons, each of which builds on topics covered in previoussections. The task-oriented format mimics a real-world work flow: Features,functions, and subjects are introduced as they come up during the course ofthe project. This edition of the book covers what's new and exciting inAfter Effects 5.0: 3D compositing, hierarchical layering, and powerfulanimation and masking enhancements. The accompanying cross-platform CDincludes all the files you need to complete the projects.

Paperback: 376 pages

Publisher: Adobe Press (August 23, 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0201741318

ISBN-13: 978-0201741315

Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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First of all, ignore the "Editorial Reviews from the back cover"- those comments may have applied to the Classroom in a Book for After FX Version 3 & 4, but certainly not Version 5. There is only ONE project in this book - each chapter is just one piece of the overall final project, NOT "each chapter contains a specific project" as the Editorial Review claims. The project itself is a very nice, very hip (a la MTV) 18 second Adobe Ad. 'Belief' (the design studio who came up with the project) did a GREAT job on it. The problem with this book is that it focuses heavily on the "razzle-dazzle" of After FX and not the basics of learning the software. For example, in one of the chapters, you import Motion Control Camera Data (vital to the project), which is nifty allright, but then the book explains in a sidebar that "it should not be attempted by the inexperienced..". Isn't that what this book is supposed to do - TEACH the inexperienced?. Do YOU have access to a Motion Control Camera? Yeah, me neither. For those who are already intermediate/advanced After FX users, this book may help you some. Not enough of the the new features in AE Version 5 were covered. I would have liked to see more instruction and explanation regarding 3D Layer interaction, expressions, motion tracking/stablizing (not just importing from some data file) heck- even some keying would have been welcome. The books method is too often "step one click this, step two click that.." and fails to really explain what is going on within the software and within the project. A few color illustrations wouldn't hurt either. After FX is one of the COOLEST software programs ever written. After FX 5 is a GREAT Upgrade.

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