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Adobe After Effects CC Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques
 
 

Adobe After Effects CC Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques [Kindle Edition]

Mark Christiansen
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This is the only book to focus exclusively on the creation of visual effects for After Effects, and is a one-stop resource for anyone who wants in-depth explanations that demystify the realm of visual effects and how they were created, thanks to veteran author Mark Christiansen's friendly and accessible style. A thoroughly packed, informative read, this masterful guide focuses on explaining the essential concepts, features, and techniques that are key to creating seamless movie-quality visual effects. Users who are comfortable with After Effects will find a helpful review of the fundamentals—managing footage, viewing and editing layers, animating type, and more—so they can learn how to work smarter and more efficiently. Readers of all levels will learn core techniques for effects compositing including color matching, keying, rotoscoping, motion tracking, emulating the camera, and concluding with using expressions in After Effects. The final section of the book delves into creative explorations, demonstrating professional effects that readers might want to re-create.

 

Readers will also find comprehensive coverage of all new features, including the new workflow between After Effects CC and CINEMA 4D, coverage on the 3D Camera Tracker, and examples of the Refine Edge tool for high-quality matting results.

 

Included with the book are HD media files and After Effects project files used for many of the techniques in the book, as well as demos of plug-ins that you can use to experiment with in your own effects. To access these files  goto www.peachpit.com/redeem and redeem the unique code provided inside this book. Information on where to locate the code can be found on page xxvi.

 

Author Expertise:

Mark Christiansen (christiansen.com) is a visual effects supervisor and creative director and has worked on features including Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, and has served as a director, producer, designer, and compositor/animator on commercials, music videos, live events, and television documentary productions. Mark has done work directly for the Adobe After Effects development and marketing teams, is a founder at provideocoalition.com, and has taught courses at fxphd.com and Academy of Art University. He has been a guest host of popular podcasts such as “The VFX Show” and has written all editions of this book and coauthored After Effects 5.5 Magic. Mark is also founder of New Scribbler Press.

About the Author

Mark Christiansen (christiansen.com) is a visual effects supervisor and creative director and has worked on features including Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, and has served as a director, producer, designer, and compositor/animator on commercials, music videos, live events, and television documentary productions. Mark has done work directly for the Adobe After Effects development and marketing teams, is a founder at provideocoalition.com, and has taught courses at fxphd.com and Academy of Art University. He has been a guest host of popular podcasts such as “The VFX Show” and has written all editions of this book and coauthored After Effects 5.5 Magic. Mark is also founder of New Scribbler Press.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 128395 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (1 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9WN4TY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! 25 Oct 2013
By PW
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Everything you wanted to know about AE in detail. The chapter on Roto Brush and rotoscoping is especially useful. Mark has really gone to town in his explanations in precise detail.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for training!!! 3 Oct 2013
By B. Hook
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very good overview of Visual Effects and AE but if you are a beginner and used to Adobes style of structured tutorials this book is definitely not for you.

AE is complex and full of tools that you may never use. Unfortunately this book does nothing to enlighten the casual or semi-pro user as to the whereabouts or structure of the use of tools within AE.

This book is ideal for those with a strong and full understanding of AE but is definitely NOT FOR THE BEGINNER!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Similar to previous book 6 Aug 2013
By Todd C. Steen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you have the previous book in the series, CS6, it is very similar. It goes over a few new techniques such as rotoscoping. It is not a purely step by step book. You will need some know how with After Effects. It really delves into a smattering of different "special effects" and how to incorporate them. It is for people who want to add to the basics of after effects and really get into some cool things you can do. It is not overly simple, but the author is very clear and concise. You may get lost and have to redo a couple things, but it is a logic step for beginners wanting to get better at fundamental effects. Do not start with this book if you are a complete beginner. Try CC classroom in a book first.

Now the really bad.....

The Kindle edition does not have a download code in the back of the book for the lesson files. I have contacted Peachpit, but they keep saying it is in the back of the book. They are not. I have used plenty of Kindle books with Peachpit download codes and none exist in this book. I did find the previous book's (CS6) download files after searching online for a while, but I believe they may differ a bit from this new one.

Until I can get the download files the book is only somewhat helpful. I would normally give it 4 stars, but they gave me an incomplete product. When they do I will revise my review.

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They acknowledged the missing download codes finally and sent them to me. They also stated the Kindle version would be updated.

The book is worth-while if you don't have the previous version. I don't think there is enough different to warrant a successive purchase. Just look up the changes online to rotoscoping, etc. If you don't have the previous version or AE is still a bit new to you, then it is worthwhile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book but NOT for beginners 8 April 2014
By SoCal Thom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The author of this book certainly knows his stuff. But a word of caution to those who are new to After Effects: this book is NOT for you. The author even says so, right in the intro: "This is NOT a book for beginners...it's not an effective primer on After Effects in particular or digital video in general." So, I am not being critical of the book when I say this. I am merely trying to save you some dollars if you are just starting out in After Effects. You'll find a wealth of insight into how AE works in various production scenarios, and along the way you may pick up some tips that will be helpful, but if you are an AE newbie, stick to the Classroom In a Book series and get a year or two of solid AE work under your belt, then maybe come back to this one.
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