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Adobe After Effects CS5

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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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Create stunning and unique visual effects using this revolutionary software

By Isay Almenanza

On Tuesday, June 17, 2014

If you are into visual effects, you may have already encountered Adobe After Effects CS5. It is a powerful motion graphics program used by professionals who want to bring out the best in their work. It is very helpful especially if you want to edit videos. Personally, I use it to edit the footages related to weddings, baptisms and other special occasions of my clients. I can add music including text to the photos I’ve taken. It also has other features that I find very useful. I like the Auto-Keyframe option because I can set keyframes that will provide some animation to my work. There is also the Digieffects FreeForm wherein 3D shapes become possible when flat objects are converted through this plug-in. If you want to further improve the hue of your footages, you can take advantage of the software’s Color Finesse feature. Adobe After Effects CS5 has tons of great features to create stunning motion graphics. You just have to find time to explore and master them.

Pros

  • Refine Matte effect is available
  • Auto-Keyframe mode can be utilized

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  • Some features may baffle novice users
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • I would like to create a introduction for my video, which is used to promote my accounting society activities and convince freshmen to participate it

  • I am going to use the program in our school presentation, and i would also wanted to try this application which i have heard from my friends

  • 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

  • educational purposes. to edit short films for school contests in the best quality. to practice skills in editing and also to explore after effects.

  • 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

What similar programs have you used?
  • photoshop and many more which we have downloaded in this website wen ever required in a proper time with all the support for all the solution

  • 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 used blender 3d for visual effects and motion tracking purposes and a friend of mine told me about after effects so would like to try itt

  • 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 hitfilm ultimate is a great waste of space i dont understand it and i need something new u better not me fals or ima kill u ill li

What do you like most about this program?
  • creativity, ejoying with original clips most beautiful pictures and movies amazing make buildings mobile in the other hand try my experiencs

  • the realistic way you can edit your videos as a real life, because you can turn something ordinary into extraordinary, and thats really amazing

  • 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

  • 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

  • a good program for video editor and having so many functions that can create sophisicate jobs and fast process with easily control panel friendly use

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