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Adobe After Effects eBook

Adobe After Effects eBook

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\u00a9 2001 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
Adobe After Effects 5.0 User Guide for Windows and Macintosh

If this guide is distributed with software that includes an end-user agreement, this guide, as well as the software described in it, is furnished under license and may be used or copied only in accordance with the terms of such license. Except as permitted by any such license, no part of this guide may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Please note that the content in this guide is protected under copyright law even if it is not distributed with software that includes an end-user license agreement.

The content of this guide is furnished for informational use only, is subject to change without notice, and should not be construed as a com- mitment by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Adobe Systems Incorporated assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear in the informational content contained in this guide.

Please remember that existing artwork or images that you may want to include in your project may be protected under copyright law. The unauthorized incorporation of such material into your new work could be a violation of the rights of the copyright owner. Please be sure to obtain any permission required from the copyright owner.

Any references to company names in sample templates are for demonstration purposes only and are not intended to refer to any actual or-
ganization.

Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All references to PostScript on the screen or in this manual are ref- erences either to the PostScript interpreter or to the PostScript language. Apple, Macintosh, and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U. S. and other countries. FireWire, QuickTime, and the QuickTime logo are trademarks used under license. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Macromedia and Flash are trademarks of Macromedia Inc. MPEG Layer 3 audio compression technology is licensed by Fraunhofer IIS and Thompson. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contains an implementation of the LZW algorithm licensed under U.S. Patent 4,558,302.

Notice to U.S. government end users. The software and documentation are \u201cCommercial Items,\u201d as that term is de\ufb01ned at 48 C.F.R. \u00a72.101, consisting of \u201cCommercial Computer Software\u201d and \u201cCommercial Computer Software Documentation,\u201d as such terms are used in 48 C.F.R. \u00a712.212 or 48 C.F.R. \u00a7227.7202, as applicable. Consistent with 48 C.F.R.. \u00a712.212 or 48 C.F.R. \u00a7\u00a7227.7202-1 through 227.7202-4, as applica- ble, the Commercial Computer Software and Commercial Computer Software Documentation are being licensed to U.S. Government end users (a) only as Commercial items and (b) with only those rights as are granted to all other end users pursuant to the terms and conditions herein. Unpublished-rights reserved under the copyright laws of the United States. Adobe Systems Incorporated, 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 94110-2704, USA. For U.S. Government End Users, Adobe agrees to comply with all applicable equal opportunity laws including, if ap- propriate, the provisions of Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (38 USC 4212), and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the regulations at 41 CFR Parts 60-1 through 60- 60, 60-250 ,and 60-741. The af\ufb01rmative action clause and regulations contained in the preceding sentence shall be incorporated by reference.

Part number: 90027945 (3/01)
Contents
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Introduction

Registration............................................ 1 Installing Adobe After Effects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Learning Adobe After Effects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Using Web resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Other learning resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Customer support...................................... 5

An Overview of Adobe
After Effects

Superior Adobe product integration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Powerful masking..................................... 12 2D & 3D compositing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Extensive motion controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Leading-edge video and audio effects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Flexible media handling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Web delivery.......................................... 18 Production Bundle features............................ 19

What\u2019s New in After
Effects 5.0

Precise control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Enhanced productivity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Versatile output options............................... 31

Working with Projects,
Windows, and Palettes
Chapter 1

Working in a project................................... 35 Planning your project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Time basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Setting up a project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Correcting mistakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Selecting 16-bpc color depth (PB only)................. 46 Setting preferences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Customizing the workspace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Using context menus.................................. 49 Using windows........................................ 49 Composition, Layer, and Footage window controls...... 53 Toolbox............................................... 61 Info palette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

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