Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Warping with FreeForm, part of After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques.
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One of the things we all love about After Effects is that it comes with so many effects.…Well, CS5 is no different.…In this chapter, I'll discuss the new effects which come with After Effects CS5…and then in the next chapter, I'll talk about some previously existing effects…which got really nice updates.…Now the most important new effect has got to be Digieffects FreeForm.…Some of you might remember the old Forge FreeForm effect.…It was a way of taking any 2D layer and warping it in 3D space.…You can even extrude other objects like text through your 2D layer to create… …Well it's been updated.…
It has been made 64-bit effect and it's kind of fun to play around with.…So let's talk about that one first.…The first thing that we're going to do is play around with warping this 2D layer.…Now I've already setup a 3D camera move.…I'll go into my Top view and you'll see my camera lights are already setup in…the scene, but you won't see my layer yet.…The reason is these layers must be 2D layers.…Whenever you apply a 3D effect such as FreeForm, Sphere, Invigorator, etcetera,…
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