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After Effects in Production (DV Expert Series) Paperback – 16 Dec 2002
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After Effects in Production is a follow-up to Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects also by Trish and Chris Meyer. The new book contains a dozen project-based in-depth tutorials and six case studies featuring commercial productions by companies such as Attik, Fido, Belief and the author's own studio, CyberMotion.
This is a book for those who have already clocked up a few hours in the After Effects cutting room. If you're starting a career in post-production, or are simply curious to discover how to get the most from new After Effects 5 features such as 3-D compositing, parenting and expressions you'll find it here. At the same time, half of the tutorials and all of the case studies are After Effects 4.1 compatible. All the project files, finished movies and some bonus materials are provided on a CD.
After Effects in Production isn't one of those books that contain a lot of white space, big pictures and interviews with industry gurus about the importance of motion design in a global cultural context. This is very much a hands-on manual, every spare column inch is packed with step-by-step project walk-throughs, screengrabs, margin tips, facts, problems to look out for and references to other sources of information.
The projects are substantial pieces of work, RoboTV, for example, which animates a robotic arm used as a pointing device for a sports programme trailer, includes 37 steps, 65 screengrabs and 4 panels detailing the use of particular After Effects features. This approach makes After Effects in Production one of the most highly concentrated sources of After Effects know-how currently available. --Ken McMahon
""After Effects in Production will be the second-most referenced AE books on your shelf [behind "Creating Motion Graphics].See all Product description
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I consider this book as an open class room. Although this book is based upon Creating Motion Graphics with AE Vol 1&2 and its name can make you feel a book for pros and perhaps a future addition to the collection. Then, you are missing it by deciding it as a far future shopping. Better go for it. It makes you learn things in real world. Best thing about the book is that a user with little know how of AE(without even following Creating Motion Graphics and Effects with AE Vol 1&2) can also use it because step by step tutorials, Tips, Tricks, Cross references and explanations don't let you lost in space. Ideas, concepts and case studies are like an open window towards pro creative word. It's the best thing money can buy among many book on AE. This book is "The Next Level".
It is full of case studies that you can use for your own work and it is surprising how many of the ideas can be spotted on current T.V.. It is a good follow-up to Angie Taylor's book rather than an introduction. These people really know their stuff and it shows in the way they can put it down in an understandable fashion.
Like all good books, it pays for itself straight away and the best point is that you can dip into a section to learn a particular technique. If this doesn't help you be creative, then give up!
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This is a common failing for computer how-to books. In order to justify obscene pricing, publishers pad the books with folksy commentary. At best, it's condescending. At worst, it actually obscures the facts about the software that the reader is trying to learn.
That said, and taking into account the ridiculous prices, these books are just about the best available for After Effects.
One last consideration: If you're prepared to wade through the material, many of the tidbits in these books may actually be archived on DV magazine's web site.
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