After Effects is Adobe's remarkably powerful motion
graphics and visual effects software. It's used by film and video producers who
want to add visual effects to their films, as well as Web designers who want to
add motion to their typography and design work. Version 5.0 now offers exciting
new features, such as 3D compositing, hierarchical layering, 16-bit color
channel capability, and powerful new animation and masking enhancements.
After Effects 5 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickPro Guide uses
practical, task-based, visually formatted lessons to lead
intermediate-to-advanced users through the After Effects interface and work
environment, then moves on to explain how to import and manage footage, create
compositions, view and edit layers, create masks, apply effects, and much more.
The Visual QuickPro Guide approach emphasizes step-by-step instructions
and concise explanations.
Table of Contents
1. The Big Picture.
The QuickPro Series. Adobe's Dynamic Media
Suite. Minimum Requirements. Suggested System Features. Professional System
Additions. New Features. The Standard Version vs. the Production Bundle. Mac vs.
Windows. Overview of the Work Flow. Overview of the Interface. Grouping Related
Windows. Using Tabbed Windows and Palettes.
2. Importing Footage into a Project.
Creating a Project. Project Settings. Selecting
a Project Display Style. Setting the Project Color Depth. Importing Files.
Importing Unrecognized Files. Still Image Durations. Importing Footage with an
Alpha Channel. Importing Photoshop and Illustrator Files. Importing Premiere
Projects. Importing After Effects Projects. Importing Audio. Importing Motion
Footage. Setting the Frame Rate and Looping. Looping. Film 3:2 Pulldown. Pixel
Aspect Ratios. Setting Eps Options. Interpretation of Footage.
3. Managing Footage.
Displaying Information in the Project Window.
Finding Items in the Project Window. Sorting Footage in the Project Window.
Using Labels. Organizing Footage in Folders. Renaming and Removing Items. Using
Proxies and Placeholders. Proxies in the Project Window. Viewing Footage. Open
Item in Original App. Viewing Items on Disk. Footage Window. Cueing Motion
Footage. Magnification and Safe Zones. Video Safe Zones & Grid. Rulers &
Guides. Snapshots. Channels.
Creating Compositions. Choosing Composition
Settings. Selecting Comp Presets. Frame Size. PAR. Frame Rate. Resolution. Start
Timecode. Duration. Advanced Comp Settings. Anchor. Shutter Angle & Phase.
Nesting Options. Rendering Plug-In. Changing Comp Settings. Background Color.
Checkerboard Background in Comp. The Composition and Time Layout Windows. The
Composition Window-Callouts, New Buttons, Pulldown Masks. The Time Layout
Window-Callouts, New Separate Modes, 3d Switches, Parenting Panel, etc. Setting
the Current Time. Adding Footage to the Comp. Adding Layers Using Footage Window
Editing Tools. Solids & Adjustment Layers. Nesting Comps.
5. Layer Basics.
Selecting Layers. Stacking Order. Naming Layers.
Layer Numbers and Layers. Switching Video and Audio On and Off. Locking and
Unlocking Layers. Basic Layer Switches. Shy. Continuously Rasterizing. Sidebar:
Rasterization. Quality Setting Switches.
6. Layer Editing.
Viewing Layers in Time Graph and Layer Windows.
Time Graph. Navigating the Time Graph. The Navigator View. The Layer Window.
Trimming Layers. Moving Layers in Time. In / Out Panel. Slipping a Layer.
Sequencing and Overlapping. Other Editing Functions. Using Markers.
7. Properties and Keyframes.
Property Types. Properties and Rendering Order.
Viewing Properties. Setting Global Versus Animated Properties. Viewing Spatial
Controls in the Comp Window. Spatial Controls in the Comp Window. Transform
Properties. Anchor Point. Position. Scale. Rotation. Opacity. Using Hot Text
Controls for Setting Properties. Alternative Controls for Setting Properties.
Nudging Properties. Audio Properties. Viewing an Audio Waveform. Using the Audio
Palette. Controlling Layer Properties with Keyframes. Keyframe Icons. Selecting
and Deleting Keyframes. Moving Keyframes. Copying Values and Keyframes. Cueing
the Current Time to Keyframes.
8. Playback, Previews, & RAM.
Playback vs Preview Frame Rates (RAM). Using the
Time Controls-Callouts. Using the Time Controls Palette. Setting Video
Preferences. Scrubbing Video. Suppressing Window Updates. Scrubbing Audio. Types
of Previews. Understanding Preview Settings. Audio Only Previews. Setting the
Work Area. Wireframe Previews. RAM Previews. Saving RAM Previews. Managing RAM.
Sidebar: Ramming Speed.
9. Basic Masks.
Creating Masks. Viewing Masks. Targeting Masks.
Drawing Mask Shapes. Control Points and Segments. Building a Path. Table:
Keyboard Modifiers. How Mighty is your Pen (pen practice). Selecting Masks and
Points. Opening and Closing Paths. Scaling and Rotating Masks. Changing the Mask
Shape. Path Editing Tools. To Adjust a Curve. Using Masks from AI and APS.
Inverting Mask. Locking and Hiding Masks. Moving Masks Relative to the Layer
Image. Feathering Mask Edges. Expanding Mask Edges. Mask Modes.
10. Effects Fundamentals.
Standard Effect Categories. Applying Effects.
Viewing Effect Property Controls. Using the Effect Controls Window. Removing and
Resetting Effects. Effect Information and Options. Disabling Effects
Temporarily. Adjusting Effects in the Effect Controls Window. Setting Colors in
the Effect Controls Window. Setting Values in the Effect Controls Window.
Setting Angle in the Effect Controls Window. Setting an Effect Point. Using
Favorite Effects. Copying and Pasting Effects. Applying Multiple Effects.
Applying Effects to an Adjustment Layer. Compound Effects. Using Compound
Effects. Using a Nested Comp as an Effect Source. Animating Effects.
11. Standard Effects in action.
Adjust Effects. Audio Effects. Channel Effects.
Cineon. Distort Effects. Image Control Effects. Keying. Perspective Effects.
Render Effects. Stylize Effects. Text Effects. Time Effects. Transition Effects.
12. More Layer Techniques.
Frame Blending. Motion Blur. Layer Modes. Layer
Mode Types. Transparency Modes. Brightness Modes. Dodge and Burn Modes. Value
Recalculation Modes. Value-Swapping Modes. Stencil and Silhouette Modes. Alpha
Manipulation Modes. Preserving Transparency. Track Mattes.
13. Keyframe Interpolation.
Spatial and Temporal Interpolation. Spatial
Interpolation and the Motion Path. Temporal Interpolation and the Value, Speed,
and Velocity Graphs. Interpolation Types. Viewing Motion Paths and Spatial
Interpolation. Comparing Motion Paths and Mask Paths. Spatial Interpolation in
the Motion Path. Default Spatial Interpolation. Mastering Spatial Interpolation.
Auto-Orient Rotation. Pasting Mask Paths into Motion Paths. Viewing a Value,
Speed, or Velocity Graph. Analyzing the Graphs. Speed, Velocity, and
Acceleration. Viewing Speed in the Motion Path. Changing Property Values in a
Value Graph. Recognizing Temporal Interpolation. Adjusting Temporal
Interpolation in the Value Graph. Adjusting Temporal Interpolation in the Speed
and Velocity Graphs. Mastering Temporal Interpolation. Adjusting Temporal
Interpolation Numerically. Keyframe Assistants. Roving Keyframes. Changing
14. 3d Compositing.
Using 3D. Viewing 3D Layers in the Comp Window.
Sidebar: Simulating Views. Moving a 3D Layer. Understanding 3D Transform
Properties. Understanding 3D Material Options. Understanding 3D Layer Order.
Combining 2D and 3D. Using Cameras. Camera Settings. Camera Transform
Properties. Using Axes Modes. Using Camera tools. Using Lights. Light Settings.
Light Transform Properties. Tip. Previewing 3d. Wireframe Interactions. Draft
3D. Sidebar: Buckets—Rendering 3D and 2D. Sidebar: Escher, the Advanced 3D
15. Complex Projects.
Nesting. Rendering Order. Subverting the
Rendering Order. Synchronizing Time. Using the Flowchart. Precomposing.
Collapsing Transformations. Recursive Switches. Prerendering. Parenting. Null
Objects. Expressions. Viewing Expressions. Converting Expressions to Keyframes.
Using the Pickwhip. Understanding Expression Syntax. Values, Variables &
Expressions in 4 Dimensions. Saving an Expression.
16. Production Bundle Techniques.
Keying Effects. Standard Keys. Production Bundle
Keys. Sidebar: Keys to the Kingdom. Using a Garbage Matte. Using the Color
Difference Key. Matte Tools. Using the Inner/Outer Key. PB Audio Effects. Using
Parametric Eq. PB Visual Effects. 3d Channel Effects. Channel Effects. Distort
Effects. Stylize Effects. Render Effects. Simulation Effects. Time Effects.
Using the Displacement Map Effect. Using the Glow Effect. Using Other Glow
Settings. Using the Wiggler Plug-In Palette. Keyframe Assistants. Using Motion
Math. Motion Math Scripts Included with PB. Understanding the Motion Math
Dialog. Running a Motion Math Script. Vector Paint. Vector Paint Options.
The Render Queue Window. Making a Movie. Using
the Render Queue Window. Pausing and Stopping Rendering. Assigning Multiple
Output Modules. Choosing Render Settings. Choosing Output Module Settings.
Creating Templates. Exporting Single Still Images. Setting Overflow Volumes.
Movie Files and Compression. Quicktime Video Codes. Sidebar: Codes. VfW Codes.
Network Rendering. Collecting Files (4.1). Rendering Over a Network Using a
Watch Folder (Prod Bund 4.1). Exporting. File Types for Export. Sidebar: Video
Issues. Sidebar: Codes.