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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're into After Effects - you NEED this book., 5 Feb 2004
This review is from: After Effects in Production (DV Expert Series) (Paperback)
I have bought all the books by Trish and Chris Meyer on Adobe After Effects. I'm sure there other good books out there but this series published by CMP are the most extensive on what is quite a complex, unintuitive but powerful application. This book in the series covers using After Effects in professional production environment and so it assumes that you are already confident with the program. If you are looking for beginner books then you should buy the first two - Volume One: the essentials and Volume Two: advanced techniques. These two are an expansion into two volumes of Trish and Chris Meyer's first book 'Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects' which only covered up to version 4.1. After Effects in Production takes you through several case studies from leading studios of how After Effects is used to tackle certain post production scenarios. One chapter explains the use of 'parenting' to animate a robotic arm while another focuses on minute details of realistically compositing a 3D model into a live scene. The book is better suited to those who own After Effects 5.0 and later as it goes into detail on cameras and lighting of the 3D features that were brought in with that version. Like all the books in the series the CD includes all the support files such as QuickTime, Illustrator drawings and Photoshop graphics to create the projects with, using an excellent visual step by step approach that offers useful tips along the way. Each CD that comes with each book in the series acts like an extension to the book containing additional tutorials or case studies, all in Acrobat format and with the relevant support files. There is also a wealth of web links, resources and other useful stuff. If you are a budding video effects artist and need a bit of extra guidance or inspiration - bring in the professionals to teach you by getting this book.
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