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Every page is in color and is filled with tips, notes, warnings, and screenshots. The format is clearly not boilerplate--there is no wasted space, yet the book manages to strike a balance between being information-packed, easy-to-read, and enjoyable to look at. The only downside of this book is that it doesn't have a spiral or lie-flat binding.
Nine sections break down the features of After Effects in a logical manner, starting with basic animation and key framing, and on to layers, masks, mattes, effects, and rendering. Part 6's four chapters explain using After Effects with its sister applications, Photoshop and Illustrator, and Part 7 covers audio--an important but rarely discussed aspect of any presentation. Part 9 features a wide array of technical discussions, including field rendering and interlacing, 3:2 pull-down, working at film-resolution and widescreen sizes, prerendering, and using proxy files.
The CD-ROM gives 22 tutorials and includes project files. These lessons range from the basic ("Getting Animated" for After Effects beginners) to what falls into the "Oh, wow, I would never have thought of that!" category (a Matrix title-sequence look-alike). The CD-ROM also includes all the projects and source files cited in each chapter, plus tech tips covering 12 difficult and common technical areas--including alpha channels, the aspect ratio, and the After Effects rendering pipeline.
An artisan at the top of his or her craft often takes on the task of teaching others. Those working in the fields of animation, effects, motion graphics, and digital media are lucky that authors Trish and Chris Meyer are living by this rule. --Mike Caputo
This is an outstanding book to have on your shelf. I always keep it handy when working on After Effects projects. Great stuff all around for everyone.Published 16 months ago by Manny Peters
The book arrived promptly but sadly to my knowledge the book was originally publish a decade ago. When it comes to computer related topics that is just too outdated to be helpful.Published on April 16, 2010 by Michael Pullano
Excellent book. I can't put it down. It's giving the answers to my questions. The AE manual is dry with short descriptions. AE CIB is OK for teaching where to click etc. Read morePublished on December 15, 2004 by Rob E.
Well, I bought this book after the glowing reviews. But in all frankness, I found the beginning chapters and tutorial to be very difficult to follow. Read morePublished on August 25, 2004 by Jag-Nut-E
I Have the videos ...I have the books, they are all collecting dust except for this one. Trish and Chris Meyer are the Ae guru's. I have been using Ae for about 2 yr. Read morePublished on October 3, 2002 by Roy Keiningham
I was a beginner and this was all I ever used to learn AE. I left out the Z b/c obviously they must have left out a technique or two, but otherwise this is all you need to get up... Read morePublished on June 6, 2002
I've been a long time fan of the Meyers' column on DV magazine, so when I heard they were publishing a book I knew it would be great. Read morePublished on April 30, 2002
Clear ideas + Concept + instruction. Easy to understand and practice.Published on April 9, 2002 by "v74"