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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe; Pap/Psc edition (21 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321934695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321934697
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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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As others have commented this is not for the beginner and I have to say some of went above my current knowledge. However, with the associated files, I think I will get the areas I was a bit puzzled by later. But I have dipped in and out of this, and am very impressed. This is not a rehash of all the same old effects, or walkthroughs. Rather, it explains the next stage - how to composite well, the problems and workarounds for e.g keying.
Overall an excellent book, but if you're just starting out - try the Meyer book or online training.
If you want to suddenly get some of the more advanced topics, this is the best book I've seen and there were quite a few "eureka" moments reading it.
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By PW on 25 Oct. 2013
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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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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
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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.

EDIT-

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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Mark packs a lot of great information into this book 20 Feb. 2016
By David J. Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
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Mark packs a lot of great information into this book. I have the CS6 version of this book, and bought this hoping to find new information that applies to the Creative Cloud version of AE. I haven't found anything that indicates what is new since the CS6 version, but I'm sure there are nuggets of info awaiting discovery. The CS6 version included footage and other files that have to be downloaded for anyone who purchases this edition of the book. Consequently, I feel the CS6 book is a better value, and thus I can only give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Regardless, I highly recommend this book as a resource and training guide for anyone who wishes to do compositing and VFX work with the Creative Cloud version of After Effects.
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