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Book Review: After Effects in ProductionCompanion book for Creating Motion Graphics a great followup
Trish and Chris are well known in After Effects circles as writers for a well-known magazine in which they highlight their deep knowledge and understanding of all things AE. In addition to writing articles, they teach at the American Film Institute and run their own motion graphics studio, Cybermotion, with such credits as The Talented Mr. Ripley, Now and Then and numerous other projects for ABC, NBC, HBO, FOX, etc. They also often post information and tips in the After Effects Mailing List, which is a wonderful communication resource for AE users around the world.
Like Chris and Trishs previous work, After Effects in Production is 334 pages of full color information. Why is having a full color book so important? Being able to see highlight and color changes, detailed screenshots, and complex charts and diagrams is important when trying to grasp concepts and examples that are talked about in the book. This book would be terrible in black and white, and the publishers should be commended for going the extra step to make this a full color piece.
|One of the first tutorials in the book has the reader creating a trippy 60's themed logo|
334 pages may not seem long enough contain much/enough information that the twelve tutorials cover. This is simply not true. Every page is packed with clear and concise information, and enough images to ensure that a novice does not get lost. Because Adobe has done such a great job at making both the Mac and Windows versions alike, screenshots are not confusing, and Chris and Trish explain how all keyboard shortcuts for both platforms.
|Those who find Motion Tracking in AE troublesome, will have everything cleared up by reading this book|
- Sequencing Layers
Importing Premier projects as compositions
3D features in AE
Excellent explanations of 3:2 pulldown
How to properly combine multipass renders from a 3D application
Exporting for Flash animations
Two of the tutorials are written by guest authors, Alex Lindsay of DV Garage, who talks about using After Effects to and multipass renders, and animator Kristin Harris, who creates childrens animations for Flash output.
If twelve tutorials were not enough to grasp how After Effects can be used effectively in production, the After Effects in Production also contains six chapters of case studies from a variety of production houses. While these are not step by step explanations of how each of these spots were created in After Effects, enough detail is given for the reader to deduce the necessary steps for themselves.
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If you got a lot of valuable information for Creating Motion Graphics and refer to it regularly, then After Effects in Production will be the second most referenced AE book on your self. I give this book a DMN Strong Buy Recommendation.
Stephen Schleicher is the producer for Digital WebCast and Digital Animators. You can reach him at [email protected]
Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.
He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.
He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.
And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at [email protected]
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