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After Effects Expressions 1st Edition

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"After Effects Expressions offers a comprehensive resource guide that fills a niche like nothing else currently on the market. If you would like to add expressions to your bag of design and development tricks, this book comes highly recommended."--Tim Frick, Mightybytes.com

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Put the power of Expressions to work in your animations with controls and efficiencies impossible to achieve with traditional keyframing techniques.

No programming skills are required. Foundation concepts and skills orient the new designer and serve as a handy reference to the experienced one. Basics of creating Expressions, variables, commands, and Expression helpers precede the leap into JavaScript and math essentials for more advanced Expressions that include randomness and physical simulations.

Full color illustrations display the scripts and the resulting effects, Pick Whip techniques, and sequential animations. Downloadable companion files include QuickTime movies of the demo animations, and AE project files that permit you to examine the Expressions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024080936X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809366
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I approached this book as one kind of newbie -- a web designer/programmer who is proficient at javascript and other scripting languages, but with little experience in After Effects. So, while I was comfortable with the scripting elements of the book, I appreciated the fact that various users of After Effects will arrive from any number of different backgrounds, and the effort taken to not scare off visual designers with lots of unfamiliar math and programming language were not a problem for me. Expressions is a clever pun of Adobe's in a way, using a word that we might take to mean "artistic expression" to fuel an approach to entering mathematical expressions, for underlying these dazzling effects is math. For those of us who are programmers, of course, the ability that Expressions gives to get to the actual math and javascript is a plus that increases our comfort level with our goals for the finished product.

This book does a good job of easing the burden of the math/programming for those who aren't at their most comfortable with these things, and does an equally good job of taking someone like myself, who is likely to be involved more in the programming side of a project while working with a designer, to become familiar with the parameters used by Expressions. This acknowledges, in my mind, that there are various of us in the food chain of producing content that may have to learn to touch a wide array of different programs (for instance, I had rarely used Adobe Premiere before last year, and it was one of my most-used programs in 2008 because of web projects that were heavy on video). That's why I think it is important for a book of this kind to be able to welcome various kinds of newbies... folks who may all be newbies in different ways.
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FINALLY! A book on After Effects expressions that speaks to EVERYONE! I myself am a published After Effects author and lecturer, but I have a dirty little secret: I suck at expressions. Badly. I fear them. I loathe them. And in all of the great forums, books, and training I've encountered, I've never found anyone able to speak at my level without being condescending, or assuming too much.

Marcus Geduld is totally the right guy for the job, as anyone familiar with the After Effects community can tell you. He's just amazing. His ability to make difficult concepts easy to grasp is second to none, in my opinion. I saw him speak at an After Effects certification seminar at NAB in Vegas a few years ago, and he spoke about AE preferences for an hour and I was on the edge of my seat like I was watching an episode of Lost or something!

I finally "get" expressions now. It will be hours of practice before I feel really comfortable using them. But the nightmares about a huge "if/then" statement coming in the night and eating me have finally stopped.

P.S. Did I mention that this book is hilarious? Well, it is. If you were like me and wondering if it would be a boring read, then you don't know Marcus Geduld! I think I had a laugh and an "a ha" moment on every page...
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First of all, this is not a book to teach you how to use AE. Still, the author does a good job at telling you how to use AE if you are still learning it. I have been afraid of expression for a while now, but knew deep down inside that some of the animations I wanted to do, couldn't be done without expressions. This book is easy to pick up and use. I haven't gone through the whole book and can easily just jump to a section I need to use and BAM!!! I have exactly what I was looking for. Project files are located on his website which kinda sucks, I was hoping for a disk to come with the book, but I can't complain too much. (Especially since I don't need those files anyway. I follow along with the book and type it all out from the get go so I can learn it anyway.

For those AE motion designers who have not yet allowed expressions to help them out, and for those who need an extra tool to help them finish that project, I recommend this book. A must have!
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What should have been on an included cd is promised at the printer' s webite. However, the links for such are empty. Emailing the printer's website is fruitless, as they ignore your request.
The book is fine, not a terrific amount of information. I've found more online than is in the book.
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If you have ever wanted to learn AE expressions but couldn't because you couldn't wrap your head around coding, this is the book for you.
It starts you out with the absolute basics and by the end of the book you're writing some fairly complex expressions.
One of the best AE books I've ever purchased.
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This book is a great introduction to expressions for After Effects, is written in such a didactic way that it really makes it easy for someone without any experience at all to immediately start understanding how expressions work and then jump into more complex ones that will greatly improve your workflow.

The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because there's this link that's supposed to supplement the book, with exercise files and examples and it's been down for a long time now. I contacted the publishing company and they never replied.
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