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After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

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Highlights some of the most exciting features in the latest version of After Effects CS4.
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After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques
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After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques was created and produced by Trish and Chris Meyer. We are honored to host their material in the Online Training Library®.

Motion graphics artist Chris Meyer, who has used After Effects since version 1, created After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques to highlight some of the most exciting features in the latest release. These include several new effects; integration with Photoshop 3D layers; and independent control and keyframing of the X, Y, and Z position parameters. The new composition manager and mini-flowchart are big improvements, as are the Flash export features. Enhanced integration with Adobe Device Central greatly eases authoring for mobile devices. Other interesting changes Chris discusses include the newly bundled Mocha tracking and stabilization program, Wiggle transformations for shape layers, and Pixel Bender integration.

Topics include:
  • Implementing the new Cartoon, Bilateral Blur, and Turbulent Noise effects Finding assets in a project or the Timeline with QuickSearch Understanding the new pixel aspect ratios (PARs) Working with XMP metadata Using the new splash screen and interface additions
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(Music plays.) Hi! I'm Chris Meyer. My wife Trish and I have been using After Effects since Version 1.0. So naturally, we are both excited whenever a new version has been announced and we are curious to see what new features it might offer motion graphics artists just like us. Therefore, we've created the series of movies to show you some of the new features in After Effects CS4. The features that we'll be demonstrating include three new effects: Cartoon, Bilateral Blur and Turbulent Noise. Integration with the new Photoshop 3D layers, independent control over the X, Y and Z position parameters including the ability to key frame them independently.

A new QuickSearch feature which makes it easy to find things in your Project or Timeline panels. The brand new Composition Navigator and Mini-Flowchart, this is one of the best new features in the program. The ability to export an After Effects composition as a Flash project greatly enhance integration with Adobe Device Central. This is going to make offering from mobile devices a lot easier, and a wrap-up about what other new features might catch your interests like the integration of Mocha for After Effects, some new pixel aspect ratios, support for XMP Metadata and other such features. Hopefully, by the end you'll have an idea whether or not you want to upgrade, and if you do upgrade, these movie should help you hit the ground running.

So let's dive in.

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