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After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates
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After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates

with Chris Meyer

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Hi, I'm Chris Meyer of Crish Design, and welcome

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After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates
3h 17m Appropriate for all Apr 04, 2013 Updated May 08, 2014

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Veteran After Effects user Chris Meyer shares real-world production and workflow advice as he demonstrates the newest features in Adobe After Effects CC. Chris reviews the streamlined connection to MAXON CINEMA 4D and the Refine Edge tool for creating mattes around hair and other partially transparent areas, and reveals how to get more accurate tracks and stabilizations with Reverse Stabilization and ground planes. He also reviews the upgraded Warp Stabilizer and 3D Camera Tracker and important new usability features such as layer snapping.

The September 2013 update brought the new Rigid Mask Tracker, as well as additional ways to scale up footage cleanly, while the highlight of the December 2013 update was the ability to convert parametric shape layers to Bézier paths, and Bézier paths into shape layers. The NAB 2014 update shows off important new integration with Adobe Premiere Pro and Typekit, as well major updates to effects. Smaller yet still important new and enhanced features in each release are also touched on throughout. As always, Chris doesn't just show you where these new features are, but how to apply them to your own projects, along with preferred working practices and potential gotchas.

Note: This course was created and produced by Chris and Trish Meyer. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Integrating with CINEMA 4D
  • Using the Refine Edge tool to fine-tune mattes
  • Applying Reverse Stabilization
  • Preserving scale while stabilizing
  • Working with layer snapping
  • Finding missing footage, fonts, and effects
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics Visual Effects
Software:
After Effects
Author:
Chris Meyer

Welcome

Hi, I'm Chris Meyer of Crish Design, and welcome to After Effects Creative Cloud Updates. Adobe made a major change recently, in the way that they sell software. Previously, there'd be a very large update to a software program, every one to two years. You'd buy it if you wanted it. And you had it as long as it ran on your computer. Well now they have what's called a Creative Cloud subscription.

You buy into one piece of software or the entire suite of software for a month or a year at a time, and in exchange Adobe updates it on a regular basis. You don't need to wait every year or two to get major, or even minor, new features. And this model's been working out in a very interesting way. As a result, this course has a bit of a different structure than a normal Lynda.com course. Each chapter is devoted, to a different release or update of After Effects Creative Cloud. At the very top list, is the latest release that I've covered.

At the bottom of the list, is that big major release that happened in the Spring of 2013, when they introduced this creative cloud concept. What I do is I cover my favorite features of each release in some depth. And then give you a quick hit of other nice small features and changes they've made in each version. I have found this model that Adobe's been following to be very interesting because, we do get new functionality a lot more quicker than we used to. We seem to be getting nice little updates to smaller features that might've been overlooked for big releases. But I'm going to leave it to you to decided, whether or not you find Creative Cloud to be useful.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this course and you get to go through each chapter and get caught up with the latest release of AfterEffects CC. Make sure you watch the next movie as well, cause it's going to explain the exercise files and how I'm going through different compositions, as Adobe keeps adding features to this program.

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Q: This course was updated on 01/14/2014. What changed?
A: Chris added two new chapters covering updates to After Effects CC. Chapter 5 covers the new Rigid Mask Tracker and footage scaling capabilities and Chapter 6 covers the ability to convert parametric shape layers to Bezier paths and Bezier paths into shape layers.

Q: This course was updated on 5/8/2014. What changed?

A: We twelve new movies, covering what's changed in After Effects CC since the May 2013 initial release, the changes released in October 2013, and the changes announced at the 2014 NAB Show, such as Premiere Pro and Typekit integration, and effects masks.
 
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