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What's New in Adobe After Effects 5

Total Training updates excellent series By Stephen Schleicher
What's New In Adobe After Effects 5With each release of Adobe After Effects, the team at Total Training puts out a complete training series. Well almost. Adobe released After Effects 5.5 so quickly, that there really wasn’t time for word to get out about Total Training’s AE5 series. The good news is even if you have already upgraded to After Effects 5.5, if you pick up "What’s New in Adobe After Effects 5", you’ll have a wealth of information that explains the new features that were added and have carried over.

The primary purpose of "What’s 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 wouldn’t take very long, but host Brian Maffitt does such a thorough job that this "What’s 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.

Brian Maffitt
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.
The series starts off with Brian Maffitt demonstrating and explaining some of the new features of AE5, and spending quite a bit of time on how After Effects integrates with other Adobe products like Premiere, Illustrator, and Photoshop. New mask features are also discussed, including motion blurring of mask shapes. Maffitt then demonstrates how to adjust preferences to make After Effects 5 work best for you. Only a few minutes were spent showing how motion-tracking works, which was a little disappointing to me, as this is a very powerful feature that deserves more than five minutes of time. However, it is stated early in the program that this series is to show what is new in AE5, and not an in-depth 20 tape series. This is a program that deserves a quick glance through, especially the masks and preferences section. For most intermediate After Effects users, most of the information will be review.

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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