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After Effects CS6 New Features Overview
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After Effects CS6 New Features Overview

with Todd Kopriva

Video: Welcome

(music playing) Hi, I'm Todd Kopriva, Technical Support Lead for After Effects. I've worked for Adobe on the After Effects team for several years, including as the documentation lead for After Effects 7 through After Effects CS5. In this workshop, you will learn all of the new and changed features in Adobe After Effects CS6. After you've watched this course you'll know everything that After Effects CS6 has to offer beyond After Effects CS5 and CS5.5. I'll give you an overview of the new 3D Camera Tracker effect, which makes compositing elements into a scene with camera movement much easier than in the past.

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After Effects CS6 New Features Overview
1h 49m Appropriate for all Apr 12, 2012

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Adobe After Effects CS6 has lots of new and enhanced features in many areas of the program, from importing and compositing to effects and especially 3D animation. In this course, Adobe Technical Support Lead Todd Kopriva walks you through all of them, including extruded text and shapes, the ray-traced 3D renderer, the 3D camera tracker, fast previews, and variable-width mask feathering. Plus, learn about changes to performance and the user interface, and how these can affect your workflow.

Topics include:
  • Importing
  • 3D animation
  • Compositing
  • Effects
  • Performance
  • User interface changes and removed features
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics Visual Effects video2brain
Software:
After Effects
Author:
Todd Kopriva

Welcome

(music playing) Hi, I'm Todd Kopriva, Technical Support Lead for After Effects. I've worked for Adobe on the After Effects team for several years, including as the documentation lead for After Effects 7 through After Effects CS5. In this workshop, you will learn all of the new and changed features in Adobe After Effects CS6. After you've watched this course you'll know everything that After Effects CS6 has to offer beyond After Effects CS5 and CS5.5. I'll give you an overview of the new 3D Camera Tracker effect, which makes compositing elements into a scene with camera movement much easier than in the past.

I'll show you how to convert Vector graphics from Adobe Illustrator into Shape layers, which can then be extruded in 3D using the new Ray Trace 3D Renderer. You'll see how GPO Accelerated Previews can speed your work in both 3D and 2D workflows. I'll show you how to use the new variable with masking features to make compositing easier and more realistic, especially for objects with motion blur. You'll learn about major performance improvements, including the Global Performance Cache and persistent discache. I'll show you how to import XML and AAF projects from other applications into After Effects using the newly integrated Pro Import After Effects features.

And intermingled with all of these major changes. I'll show you a variety of User Interface Improvements and helpful tweaks that will make your work in After Effects easier and more productive. If you're new to After Effects, after you've completed this workshop, you'll be ready to explore more in-depth courses on After Effects CS6. If you're already familiar with After Effects CS5.5, completing this course will prepare you to jump right in and start using the new and changed features of After Effects CS6. I hope that you enjoy the training and go on to make some great movies.

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