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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.
In January 2014, 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. Smaller yet still important new and enhanced features in each release are also touched on throughout the course.
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Hi! I'm Chris Meyer of Crish Design and in this course I want to share with you how to take advantage of some of the cool new features that have been added to After Effects. Some of those major features that I'm going to be covering include: Adobe's Live 3D pipeline where entire project files from Maxon CINEMA 4D can be imported into After Effects as if they were footage items, without the need for pre-rendering. Once you place them in a composition, their pixels are rendered on the fly as you jump between frames. You can also extract scene data out of these project files, including the position of lights and cameras, plus, replace the original camera move with a new one you create inside After Effects.
There are other capabilities as well, including the ability to access individual CINEMA layers, plus multi- pass components, such as just the highlights or just the shadows. On the Visual Effects front, Adobe's Roto Brush has been greatly enhanced with the addition of a new Refine Edge tool. After you're done creating a basic matte with Roto Brush, Refine Edge then detects the partially transparent areas where you brush along the matte edge, revealing fine details, such as strands of hair, as well as motion blurred or out of focus areas. If you've ever tried to mask or key hair before, you know just how tricky this is and how important this new feature is going to be to your work.
A separate Refine Soft Matte effect has also been added allowing you to recover more detail for images you've already cut out or keyed. The Warp Stabilizer has also been greatly enhanced; it's now called Warp Stabilizer VFX. You can now reveal the underlying tracking points the Warp Stabilizer creates when analyzing your footage and delete undesired ones to make sure it doesn't try to stabilize the wrong feature. You can also now reverse the stabilization, which allows you to add effects that track the original movement in the footage as well as composite other layers over shot and have them follow the movement inside that footage.
The 3D Camera Tracker has also been improved, including the ability to choose a point or points and make that the origin of your 3D roll that 3D Camera Tracker creates. No more arbitrary camera or layer positions, you get to decide where 000 is. In addition to these big features there are other important smaller ones as well, including bicubic scaling which provides better results when scaling up many types of layers, it's streamlined pixel motion blur effect that can reintroduce motion blur in already shot or already rendered footage that's exhibiting strobing, and a greatly enhanced Find command that can help take you directly to the compositions and layers that have missing fonts or effects, that should save us a lot of time as well.
As Adobe continues to add new features through the Creative Cloud updates, I'll be adding more movies to this course to help keep you up-to-date. Make sure you watch the very last chapter inside this course as well; because I'm going to be covering some of the little tiny features they've added and show you where you can keep up- to-date with every single change they make to After Effects as they go. Anyway, with all that out of the way, let's dive in and have some fun, because these are some really cool new additions to After Effects.
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