- Paperback: 477 pages
- Publisher: R & D; Bk&CD-Rom edition (April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879306068
- ISBN-13: 978-0879306069
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.8 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,213,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects (DV Expert Series) Paperback – Apr 2000
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Trish and Chris Meyer run their own post-production company and contribute a regular column on After Effects to DV magazine. Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects is the culmination of their skills as digital filmmakers and as writers. It is a richly illustrated explanation of the inner workings of After Effects with practical techniques to get the best out of it. It includes topics such as animation, keyframes, layers, masks, mattes, keying, nestling compositions, type, audio and motion tracking. It also covers format issues for working with DV, NTSC, PAL, widescreen and film. If all of that isn't enough there are chapters on integrating Illustrator and PhotoShop files into your compositions, also the bundled CD-ROM is packed with extra tutorials and tips, sample files, demos and free plug-ins complementing and extending the book.
Although it opens with a chapter on the fundamentals of After Effects, Creating Motion Graphics is not really for beginners: it starts where the manual stops. After Effects comes in two versions: the standard package and the production bundle which includes an advanced toolkit for high-end video and film work. Since Creating Motion Graphics is aimed at amplifying the dexterity of professional users, some of the chapters involve the production bundle's tools. Still, any standard After Effects user will find more than enough in here to keep them busy. Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects proves Trish and Chris Meyer to be not only experts, but gurus. --John Cranmer
Top Customer Reviews
Not only do they supply excellent source material for you to learn and follow along with, but the CD also comes with a whole host of tech tips, which have been written from their own experiences.
This book would be a benefit to anyone who has a grasp of After Effects having read the manual and Classroom-in-a-book series. This book moves on from there and comes up with insightful, clearly explained teachings. (I really knew nothing about travelling mattes until Trish explained it clearly in the book!).
I would recommend this to anyone who needs to put After Effects to a real world use by applying 70% of what they learn with 30% of their imagination.
My only small grip is that it leans heavily towards the Mac and 3rd party plug-ins when explaining certain effects that can be applied to an image - but that's a small part of this great program and they teach the rest in a friendly, clear and concise manner.
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I bought this book the second it was released, and it's been one of the best purchases I've made. I already own 2 other After Effects books, and this one is head and shoulders above the other two by providing complete, informative tips and suggestions for tools, including real world examples.
Also the writing style and layout is visually and interesting to read. So many of these books, are very dry, making you want to quit immediately, but not with Trish & Chris, they engage, the ready, and make it visually appealing too. In fact so much of the book is in Full Color (read every page) that I'm surprised it isn't more expensive, the printing costs alone must be very high.
There are lots and lots of projects that come with it. I haven't been through all of them yet, but those I have, were all top notch.
My advice to everybody, this is it, this is the one, go out buy it, and you'll be happy. I'm giddy over it;)
The tutorials are numerous, thorough, and well thought out. Besides just teaching you the mechanics of how to use After Effects effectively, there is a lot of good information on how After Effects works internally which helps immensely in understanding how to get the most out of the program.
The companion CD ROM is a treasure in itself. It contains enough additional chapters and tech notes to fill another book as well as lots of source material to practice with and some fully functional 3rd party plug-ins to play with.
In addition to having a great teaching style, Chris and Trish obviously have a lot of real-world experience actually using After Effects to create motion graphics for paying clients. So, as an extra bonus, you get the educational benefit of seeing their design aesthetic, which is pervasive throughout the book.
You can't go wrong with this one!
The Meyer's actually USE After Effects daily for "real" high-level projects, and as such they have uncovered all of the tricks, nuances and gotcha's of the product that most other people don't realize until its too late. CMG is like a compilation of all the great wisdom and tips from the AE mailing-list. Every page is filled with useful information.
The attention to detail is mind-boggling. Just yesterday, in fact, I was tearing my hair out over some wierdness with Time-remapping that I couldnt figure out, so I decided to read "the bible" and learned of a obscure time-remapping "feature" which wasn't mentioned in the AE manual, and which was causing my remapped footage to not matchframe properly. This is the kind of thing that you can only figure out if you spend thousands of hours banging away at the program. There are hundreds of little gems like this throughout the book.
A wonderful added bonus is an article by one of the original creators of After Effects (during the CoSA days), recounting the interesting history behind the development of the product. I can't imagine that there was actually a time when AE didn't have transfer modes and only allowed one effect per layer!
I would agree with other reviewers that CMG is probably not the best book to start learning with if youre a complete AE newbie. It's hard to appreciate the true value of this book unless you've trudged through the AE Classroom in a Book and AE manual itself, and used the software for several "real" projects. This book fills in the gaps that all other AE references and "tutorial" books dont cover.
And please ignore all the other whiny reviewers who give CMG a low-star rating because it only shows Macintosh screenshots and keyboard shortcuts. I'm a Windows AE user, and this doesn't bother me at all, because it has no bearing on the usefulness of the information. AE on Windows and AE on the Mac are nearly identical, as are the vast majority of keyboard shortcuts. If you're too lazy to do the simple "<command key> = <control key>" and "<option key> = "<ALT key>" conversion in your head, then I can't imagine how you can have the patience to even learn AE in the first place!
Also ignore the whiners who complain about the lack of "whitespace" in the book. This is a rather petty, and even stupid thing to complain about, because considering how thick the book is, the "lack of whitespace" means you're getting even more information than you get in an offering such as Adobe's "Classroom in a Book"--which is annoyingly rife with whitespace. This book is about information, and not looking pretty on your coffee-table. Though I must say I am a bit surprised that Trish designed the type layout for the cover, as it seems very amateurish compared to her other work.
The fact is, this book is absolutely invaluable to ANY After Effects user, no matter how "advanced" you think you are. Like the Brian Maffitt Total Training tapes, you'll learn things you never knew before even in the "basic" sections of the book.
In short, get this book. It will be the best purchase you make in a long time.
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