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Adobe After Effects CS5



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.


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


  • The price is quite expensive
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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.


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


  • Every time I tried to add an effect or anything, it crashes
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By Dann Kamau

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Adobe After Effects CS5

Adobe systems are here again with this powerful update of Adobe After Effects series. What a benefit this is to the post production process of film making and television production adding that professional touch. This software comes along with complex improvements, new features and suitable tools. It comes with plenty of possible functions with its workflow being layer based and its interface displays all the tools you need to work with including keying, tracking, rotoscoping, composing and animation. It also includes a very basic non-linear editor, audio editor and media transcoder.

Some of the major improved areas and features include:

• Planner tracking tool or the roto brush that allows you to carry out rotoscoping tasks

• Color finesse 3 which is a color correction tool that makes you adjust your colors in your composition

• A third party add on plug in tool known as DiggEffects which makes you distort and displace flat objects in 3D space

This software enables you to generate 2D animations, visual FX composing and also carry out finishing techniques like image adjustment, color correction and many more. It is a very advanced tool and a bit complex.


  • It comes with very ideal tools for post production audiovisual projects
  • t is a very competitive tool in the market


  • It is a very complex tool for beginners
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For what are you going to use the program?
  • i'l be using it to add visual effects to my footages or to create new animated solids and layers or animating text as well. after effect is th

  • presentation for my workplace, teaching our junior employee, making monthly report, annual report, make a slide publication, simple project etc

  • adjust cover photo to combine it within facebook profile picture in a correct manner i am using my drawing so i need it customized in size a

  • to make an introfor a family photoslide show so that my parents would appreciate me for my good work on making it awesome in a very loving wa

  • for learning making videos of my friends birthday pictures and to give them it as a surprise gift,so that they will feel happy, and me also,that all

What similar programs have you used?
  • 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

  • yes i have used adobe but i don't think adobe allows its users to add light rays so im downloading the trail to see how much use it is to me

  • Adobe Official Software and Nothing Else. I think its better to use the real one than downloading it from somewhere else but oh well. Thanks

  • 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.

  • 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?
  • It is a great software for video editing, color corection, special effects and all sorts and kinds of diffferent uses. There's a huge ammount of advantages to this program.

  • The features which comes with it, particularly usability with many plugins. The program itself is easy to understand for those who have basic video editing skills.

  • Well constructed professional video solution. Titlinfg templates are top notch and easy to navigate. Output algorithms are stable and offer plenty of scope when looking to supply to various media sources

  • the layering options to recreate moments , and being able to apply what ever effects that you want to like be in your memorable video thanks

  • 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


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