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What's New in Adobe After Effects 5Total Training updates excellent series
The primary purpose of "Whats New in Adobe After Effects 5" is, as the name implies, to discuss the major new features that were included in the new release. One would think that discussing and demonstrating these features wouldnt take very long, but host Brian Maffitt does such a thorough job that this "Whats New" series is over 15 hours in length! This is not a series for beginners, it is assumed that you already know something about After Effects, or already have Total After Effects 4.
|Total Training Guru Brian Maffitt guides the viewer through all of the new and cool features in Adobe After Effects 5. This short collection will also be benificial to those who already have AE5.5.|
Two of the more impressive new feature in After Effects 5 has to do with parenting and creating expressions to control your animation. Program two looks at these topics as well as Flash creation. Granted, Flash output in After Effects is pretty weak, but Maffitt has a wealth of tips to keep the user from making costly file size mistakes. For anyone who has done any 3D work, parenting is an easy concept to understand. However, there are some gotchas (like knowing when to turn on parenting), that are explained in this section, and for those not in the know, Null Objects, controlling parenting in a stacking order, and simple use of the pick-whip are also covered. The largest portion of Program Two is spent talking about expressions and how powerful they are. This was an excellent section that all users should spend time on, and keep within arms reach for refresher purposes. After Effects 5 does not have sliders that make control of expressions simple, so Maffitt and company have included a set of free plug-ins to help make expression control that much easier. Getting something for nothing is always good, especially if it makes using an application easier. To take it up a notch, Total Training has also included a series of plug-ins to make using Photoshop filters in AE a breeze. But by far the best freebie of all is a .PDF file that includes 30 expressions that let you copy and paste the desired effect without having to write all the math yourself. Excellent additions!
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