Join Ian Robinson for an in-depth discussion in this video What is After Effects? , part of After Effects CS6 Essential Training.
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Adobe After Effects is an application used by video professionals to create engaging motion graphics and cinematic visual effects. Video pros use After Effects for 2D and 3D animation purposes, creating dynamic text animation using Robust Typography tools, applying non-destructive effects to video using various tinting and adjustment methods, isolating objects from their background using Rotoscoping technology, and correcting for camera shake by utilizing cutting edge stabilization features.
After Effects is an industry standard for motion graphics and effects, and it allows you to create visual compositions like these. In addition to its ability to edit, After Effects also integrates with several other Creative Suite applications, like Photoshop for animating 3D layers, Premiere Pro with shared effects and copy and paste support, and Flash Professional for creating engaging web animation sequences. Adobe After Effects provides video professionals with a sophisticated animation and compositing environment with several different effects and tools to help take your video project to the next level.
- Setting up the workspace, important preferences, and the cache
- Importing footage and comps
- Relinking missing footage
- Creating type, shape layers, and masks
- Rotoscoping with the Roto Brush
- Adjusting keyframes in the Graph Editor
- Timing animations to audio
- Building backgrounds with effects
- Rendering with the Render Queue and Adobe Media Encoder
- Animating 3D type
- Smoothing shaky footage and retouching footage
- Keying green screen footage
- Working with 3D: extruding shapes, adding ray-traced lighting, and more