After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates

with Chris Meyer
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After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates
Video duration: 0s 3h 51m Appropriate for all Updated Nov 20, 2014


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
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(xylophone music) - [Voiceover] 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 the software program everyone 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 is 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 course. Each chapter is devoted to a different release or update of After Effects Creative Cloud. At the very top of the list is the latest release that I have 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 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 quickly than we used to, and we seem to be getting nice little updates to smaller features that might have been overlooked for big releases. But, I'm gonna leave it to you to decide 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 After Effects 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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