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Adobe After Effects CS5

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Offers Everything a Video Editor Needs to Create a Professional Video Production

By Rose Sincro

On Friday, June 20, 2014

After Effects CS5 involves a 64 bit processor. You have to ensure your PC is capable of managing this powerful program. Now I can accomplish my tasks quickly, thanks to its new features and upgrades. Another plus with the upgrade 64-bit processors is that the capability to preview a large number of videos, which is priceless when tweaking with effects. If your computer has more RAM, previews of larger and longer clips is allowable before you can render them. In addition, this program claims that there is no limit to the memory performance. Though my computer only has 7 or 8 GB of RAM, I could not experiment this theory.

Moreover, the new After Effects is attuned to formats from previous versions, something which older After Effects could not handle. Also, ACHD formats are now well-matched and it now works with the RED camera. Thanks to its 64-bit memory, it now easier than before to work between Adobe’s After Effects and Premiere when creating footages for your projects.

Pros

  • Features are easy to understand
  • The graphic designing ended up pretty well

Cons

  • The price is a bit high, but worth it
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A Powerful Graphics Software for Promising Video Editors Out There

By Christine Diaz

On Friday, June 6, 2014

After Effects CS5 is Adobe’s dominant motion graphics application for professional and amateur visual effects artists and designers. This software is one of those new versions of Adobe CS to go 64-bit system, getting the advantage of the multi-core processors and higher RAM. In this version, I am very impressed with Roto Brush tool. It is the most exposed new feature which appears the same in function to the old plug-in of Photoshop (called Extract), but when I try to use it, it works very differently, since it extends more than a few frames of footage at a time.

In addition, Auto-key frame mode is another new feature designed to make After Effects CS5 activities easier and faster. If you change the set of parameters, the key frames will automatically be added for each one at the existing timeline indicator. This software can also now read raw RED cam footage and native AVC-intra files. The software maybe expensive, but If you are a talented video enthusiast, it is worth trying out.

Pros

  • Increased workflow for HD video
  • It has excellent new features

Cons

  • It is quite confusing for beginners
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A Software for Creating Sophisticated Motion Graphics and Cinematic Visual Effects

By Daren Garius

On Monday, November 24, 2014

Adobe’s After Effects is considered a must have for 2D and 3D graphics works. This software has been called the Photoshop for videos, which makes sense. For those familiar with the last versions of it, you will find that not much has changed. If you are working in film and broadcast or delivering work online and to mobile device, this software enables you to create blockbuster visual effects and groundbreaking motion graphics. For those new to this software, it might seem intimidating at first. The basics of the program are moderately easy to pick up, while absolute mastery of the software could take a lot of time. I have been using it for 5 years or more, and I still end up watching online tutorials almost every other day to study new tricks. If you want to make your video more interesting and look better, then this software is right for you.

Pros

  • The graphic design ended up pretty well
  • This software is very easy to install

Cons

  • Every time I tried to add an effect or anything, it crashes
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • Educational Purpose, during my graphic design career I need This product to improve the process of learning and development of my career as a designer.

  • school and education because our gennartion need thiswill help me in the furtiral while i d my studies and sorry about the misatask i been doing

  • practice after effects cs5 at home because it is interesting. It is a complemente of other programs as adobe premier 1.5 and you can create

  • i am going to make an audio wave form effect for my video to be presented in our christmas party on december 16, 2017 in herschel cafe and restuarant in sangi, toledo city, cebu.

  • For educational purposes. I want to learn how this software works. I will be self educating to improve my video editing skills and capacities

What similar programs have you used?
  • I have used Fusion 7, but i don't understand it's function. I test Adobe After Effect a long time ago and I prefer this functionalities and effects.

  • I have only used adobe PDF program before...this is my first time downloading a photo editing program and I am a student hoping to gain more skills

  • I have used a software called Sony Vegas before to edit my videos but it's not as intuitive as the Adobe After Effects as I've seen it in tutorials.

  • Previously I have used Maya, and Adobe Flash. But found that Adobe After Effects is one of the best softs for animations. So want to shift to it.

  • the similar programs which have used is flash player during my post graduate diploma in information technology from queen marry college lahore.

What do you like most about this program?
  • easy to use and great chance to play videos like a real cinema or movie in an immagination way that makes you feel satisfide and realy happy

  • creativity, ejoying with original clips most beautiful pictures and movies amazing make buildings mobile in the other hand try my experiencs

  • i'm youtuber so i want to download this program to edit my videos cause i hear it's amazing editing software and i hope u subscribe me my channel is STK Team

  • effects and editing part. the import from flash and its compatibility. easy to use. It's broadcasting quality is amazing. I can also put sounds. I love it.

  • easy to use, loads of free templates, pretty, original, even for beginners but also for people with experience and I like that u can use your own design

Review

Adobe After Effects CS5 is a visual effects, digital motion graphics and compositing tool, which is mainly designed for the post-production process of audiovisual projects. The program is able to generate 2D animation, visual FX compositing and also finishing techniques such as image adjustment, color correction, etc. It can be also used as a media transcoder or a non-linear video editing program.

This version offers some improvements and new features such as a planar tracking tool or the roto brush, which will help you with your rotoscoping tasks. You can paint over the person or object you want to isolate and the roto brush will analyze the frames, creating a matte. The program also includes Color Finesse 3, which is a color correction tool developed by Synthetic Aperture. You will be able to adjust the colors in your composition with its powerful toolset. There is another third-party add-on which is included in this version, DigiEffects Freeform. With this useful plug-in, you will be able to distort and displace flat objects in 3D space. However, bear in mind that this software is not an easy utility for first-time users, so you may need some tutorials before you start using it.

How to use

Adobe After Effects CS5 has plenty of possible functions. Its workflow is layer-based, and the interface displays all the tools you need in order to achieve professional outcomes. You will find a timeline, effects, templates and more complex tools such as the wiggler or motion trackers. Besides, you can customize this interface and adapt it to your necessities by hiding some tools or enabling others. One of the basic things you can do with this program is to create masks using Bezier paths. You are free to animate those masks or modify them by choosing specific points or the whole shape. Those masks can be used to merge images together or to perform frame-by-frame rotoscopy tasks. In After Effects, animations come through keyframes. Those are single frames which you can configure to start or end something. You can transform almost every parameter you desire individually: opacity, scale, rotation, etc. Possibilities are almost unlimited.

Although this software offers variety of built-in effects, filters and templates, you can download and install additional plugins. Those plugins will enable new effects to add to your footage. Some have subtle results like color correction, but others can recreate amazing things, such as virtual oceans (Psunami). Besides, you can automate some processes by using expressions. These expressions can affect several parameters such as opacity, rotation, scale, etc. by specifying some variable settings. One of the best things about this sophisticated application is that you can import and export compositions to other Adobe programs such as Photoshop or Premiere. Moreover, if you import a .psd file in After Effects, its layers will remain.

Adobe After Effects CS5 Features

Here you can see some of the unique features of this software:

  • New Refine Matte effect added
  • Wide range of built-in templates and effects
  • Enhanced RED (R3D) support and new AVC-Intra
  • Auto-Keyframe mode available
  • Supports several output formats: .AVI, H.264, .MOV, MPEG, TARGA, etc.
  • Planar tracker runs smoother now
  • Third-party plugins included: Color Finesse 3 and DigiEffects
  • 64-bit application with an advanced performance
  • Color LUT to use color lookup tables

If you are interested in Adobe After Effects CS5 and you need further information, feel free to check the developer’s official website

System Requirements for the download

The minimum system requirements to correctly download and run this application in your computer are listed below:

  • Operating System: Windows Vista or higher
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64
  • RAM Memory: 2 GB or higher
  • QuickTime 7.6.2 required for QuickTime features
  • Hard Disk Space: 3 GB free space available