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Adobe After Effects CS5

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A Potent Graphics Software for Professional and Amateur Visual Effects Artist

By Reinalei Jamir

On Thursday, June 5, 2014

Adobe After Effects is a compelling software that any promising visual effects artist and designer must have. With this version, I am very impressed with its high-quality features like the Roto Brush tool. It lets me isolate foreground elements in complicated scenes. It also features supports for new AVC-Intra 50/100 codec and also extends its support for RED camera footage. It also provides an auto-key frame mode, custom color lookup tables and Digi-effects Freeform plug-in.

I notice that Adobe After Effects CS5 is 64-bit only unlike Photoshop, which offers both 32 and 64-bit. So, if you are into media creation or animation, this is the best time for you to upgrade your PC to a 64-bit system. For me, After Effects CS5 does not have any big improvement from CS4, the only change I think is the 64-bit performance and able to deal with more than 2GB of RAM that makes it huge disparity in the software’s overall functionalities.

Pros

  • It has an exceptional Roto Brush tool
  • It has a better workflow

Cons

  • The price is quite expensive
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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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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

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  • The price is a bit high, but worth it
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • just for fun. i want to learn computers. programs and softwares.You are about to download Adobe After Effects CS5 from our server.now thanks

  • editing vines by putting pictures of other peoples faces over the viners face. and now i have to keep writing because the chars thing you have.

  • education purposes and for other non personal things which may contribute to my own learning and understanding of the program, and to help me grow

  • i am going to use the app for editing and giving effects to videos that i take with my phone and camera during my free time as lessons whatever

  • Animating characters for games I am trying to make so that I can get some experience and hopefully become an indie developer as a job rather than just a hobby

What similar programs have you used?
  • I'ved used similar programs like adobe macromedia flash player 8 and windows live movie maker for windows 8.1 64 bits and pivot animator too

  • nothing because I trusted ADOBE among all editors hope you will bear with me. I need this for my grade. I'm a graduating student. ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS CS5

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

  • adobe after effect cs4 is the proper programmer to work with in this regards, i can not say any thing about more programes . so i am soeey h

  • 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

What do you like most about this program?
  • i like to do some films and short movies with my persenal thinking as a director of films i agree with thig programme thank you for this apps

  • I like that it has the ability to do lightsaber video editing (adding the glow effect) because I am very interested in seeing how good it is.

  • its news cast layout. because i really like it since it involves nice and funny lines about something called apple but im disappointed for this

  • I will use it on our school project. It involves the usage of Adobe After Effects CS5 for us to have an amazing work. This is what I need. :)

  • motions graphique and i'm working about lot of things cuz i have a youtube channel i hope i'll be pro in it thank you for posting this here.

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