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Get up to speed quickly with the new features in After Effects CS6. Join veteran After Effects user Chris Meyer as he explores the key enhancements to this industry standard visual effects and motion graphics software. Chris shares creative ideas and important production advice while covering the strengths of features such as memory optimization with the new global performance cache, 3D motion tracking with the 3D Camera Tracker, and the new 3D rendering engine for ray-traced 3D rendering.
There's a long list of other features that have been added or changed inside After Effects CS6. One of the most significant is if you go to File > Import, you'll now see that Pro Import After Effects, formally made by Automatic Duck, is now included with After Effects CS6. That's a really nice addition, because that means you can import AAF and OMF files from Avid, XML files from Final Cut Pro, and even project files Motion. So that's one biggie. There's also couple of small features. You might have noticed that the bounding box is layers have changed a little bit. Now they're less obtrusive.
They're also more visually compatible with bounding boxes around extruded objects in After Effects in CS6. And another nice little, small feature: a lot of people still don't know that you can take a footage item, or even multiple footage items, and drag them down to the New Composition icon to make a new comp. Well, they've also added a New Context command that if you right-click, you can now choose New Composition from Selection in the Project panel and that'll also open up the New Composition dialog. There's other less obvious changes and improvements as well. For example, in After Effects CS5.5, to do a watch folder remote render, you needed to have us serialized version of After Effects on every computer.
That's no longer necessary in the CS6. You just need to install a blank text file called ae_render_only_no.txt into a particular folder on your Mac or Windows operating system. And now that unserialized machine can be used for a watch folder render. A few things still are not enabled, particularly some codec reading and writing. I've got a list here printed onscreen. But still, this is a big improvement over CS5.5. You can now import ARRIRAW files into After Effects and also MXF OP1 video codecs are supported as well, including this list of formats I've here onscreen.
For those who like to create scripts, there's a long list of new commands that have been added to the scripting language. These and others will be mentioned on various blogs on Adobe's web sites. I particularly like Todd Kopriva's blog. I consider it essential reading for any After Effects user. So you can see, Adobe stuffed quite a bit into this release.
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