Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video MacBook shortcuts, part of After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques.
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This next feature is aimed at users who own newer generation MacBook Pro laptops.…As you probably know, After Effects takes huge advantage of the numeric keypad…on extended keyboards.…For example, pressing 0 on the numeric keypad to start a RAM Preview.…Most laptops don't have numeric keypads, so they duplicate those keys function…on top of the normal keyboard.…You just need to hold down the Function key to access them.…Well for some reason newer generation MacBook Pros don't have these duplicated…functions, leaving After Effects users without a way to access those keys.…
Well, After Effects CS5 has a fix for you.…Basically if you hold down the Control key and press the equivalent on the alpha…numeric keyboard, you'll get the same functions.…For example if you are wanting to press 0 on the numeric keypad to initiate…the RAM Preview, hold down Control and press 0 on the normal keyboard, to…initiate the RAM Preview.…If you are used to tapping the Asterisk key on the numeric keypad to place the…
Chris and Trish Meyer have been using After Effects since version 1.0 and have written ten books about the program, and they are always among the first to dive into each new version and discover what it offers to their fellow motion graphics artists. Chris takes you under the hood and explains how each new feature works in After Effects CS5. This course covers both the technical and creative implications of this latest release, including tutorials on the new Roto Brush tool and mocha version 2, blending modes, text options, and new and improved user interface elements in Adobe After Effects CS5. Numerous examples show the most efficient ways to use the new features and avoid potential pitfalls when applying techniques. Chris ends with a discussion of which users will get them most out of upgrading to After Effects CS5.
- Reviewing After Effects' 64-bit system requirements
- Mastering the new Roto Brush tool plus Refine Matte
- Warping with FreeForm
- Motion tracking with mocha version 2
- Matting with mocha shape, including adding motion blur
- Extruding in 3D with Repoussé
- Importing RED footage
- Using Color Finesse and updated blending modes