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After Effects Set for OS X ReleaseVersion 5.5 gets Maya integration
After Effects 5.5 also receives several workflow enhancements. These include copying and pasting keyframes onto multiple layers; maintaining track mattes when duplicating layers; five new transfer modes (with Photoshop keyboard shortcuts for cycling through them); prerendering and automated proxy creation; and a new Effects palette for organizing filters.
Other new features include:
- Colored shadows and projection layers
- Adjustment lights
- Multiple comp views
- New masking enhancements
- Expressions enhancements
- Eight new effects
- Advanced RealMedia output
- Import Flash (SWF) files
- Import MPEG-1 files.
New features in the Production Bundle include:
- Import camera data from Alias|Wavefront's Maya and Discreet's 3ds max
- Support for additional 16-bit per channel formats, including including Maya IFF, RPF, SGI and QuickTime
- Import RPF files and apply 3D channel effects
- Includes Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Classic for modeling titles and logos in 3D from Illustrator files.
After Effects 5.5 will be available for $649 for the standard edition and $1,499 for the Production Bundle. Upgrades to the Production Bundle run $899. Upgrades to the same package from version 5.0 run $99. French, German, and Japanese versions are expected to ship at the same time as the English version. For more information, visit http://www.adobe.com.
Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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