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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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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?
  • To make a montage for my school's teachers day in may. So i will be need a great video maker to make it looks very attractful and beautiful.

  • 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

  • editing some videos that i shot with my gopro mountedon my 3DR solo drone i got from amazon because it was cheaper ... now i need the software to edit them footages

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

  • 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

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 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

  • No other program has been tried and tested by me as at today or tomorrow or yesterday even before time beg will an and it will never be till

  • wanna a professional programer on adobe after effect and teach the new commer as quality and distiny. no sadness, no weakness - just success

  • 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

What do you like most about this program?
  • Its fun and can do so much that other software just can't compete with. It's fairly easy to use with a little knowledge and there are lots of tutuorial

  • Is that it makes a video look good than ever. And my most favorite is EVERYTHING ELSE. 10/10 would recommend for videos. i'm speechless. 8).

  • 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

  • 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

  • There's soo much things that I like about this software. And one of those may be the great posibilities in the effects available. Still, I have too much to learn

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