LIBRARY: Tutorials Reviews Interviews Editorials Features Business Authors RSS Feed

Aaron Fisher reviews: After Effects H

COW Library : Adobe After Effects : Aaron Fisher : Aaron Fisher reviews: After Effects H
Aaron Fisher reviews: After Effects HOT (Hands-On Training) for After Effects 5.0 & 5.5
A Creative COW "Real World" Book Review



Aaron Fisher reviews: After Effects H•O•T (Hands-On Training) for After Effects 5.0 & 5.5
Aaron Fisher
Aaron Fisher

Cox Media Kansas, USA

©2003 Aaron Fisher and CreativeCOW.net. All rights reserved.

Article Focus:
Aaron Fisher reviews: After Effects H•O•T (Hands-On Training) for After Effects 5.0 & 5.5 and published by Peachpit Press. Aaron concludes with, ''If you're a beginner wanting to quickly get up to speed on this great program, this is the book for you.''


Click on the graphic to purchase at amazon.comAfter Effects H•O•T (Hands-On Training) for After Effects 5.0 & 5.5 is a CD-ROM accompanied book designed to teach After Effects to the beginner. The book is a series of step-by-step lessons, each focusing on specific aspects of the program. The chapters are well organized, and each is accompanied by projects included on the CD-ROM that are easy to follow. Also included on the disc are five short video training movies. They range anywhere from 55 seconds to just over four minutes, and cover some points of After Effects that are hard to convey with words.

The book starts out with brief explanations of some video basics such as defining “animation” & “compositing”, explaining what makes up digital images, and the differences between After Effects and non-linear editors. Then it get “hands-on”, as the reader can load the projects for each chapter, and follow along with the book. The chapters cover some of the more newbie-confusing topics such as expressions, 3d, time remapping, and render settings. The chapter on effects only covers a few specific effects, but does a nice job of covering how effects work in general.

I don't have many negative things to say about this book, but there are a few things that stuck out to me. The biggest disadvantage with this book is that it is printed in black and white. I don't know if this hinders the reader’s learning, because AE’s interface is very monochromatic, so color screenshots most likely would not serve as a helpful reference. However, I have a problem with any book covering graphics (or the software used to produce them) that isn't printed in color. At the very least, I think the absence of color can lead to some early boredom for those with less-than-average attention spans.

I was disappointed with the complete lack of “goodies” on the accompanying CD-ROM (although a free AE 5.5 Tryout is included). We all love free stuff, and the addition of at least a few demo plug-ins or effects favorites would have been welcome. Finally, one minor point of annoyance was that all the screenshots were taken on Mac OS 9. The authors explain that they started writing the book before AE 5.5 came out (version 5.0 does not run on OSX), but for me, staring at the ugly OS 9 interface is a painful reminder of the past!

The things that I found exceptional about this book were its organization, and the general flow and teaching methodology of the book. Everything is explained in a logical order, and each chapter builds on knowledge gained from the previous ones. The tests at the end of each chapter are a good way to quickly refresh yourself on what you've just learned (if you have a test-o-phobia, you can always skip them). I believe that this book can teach After Effects to anyone, no matter if he or she has been struggling with the program for a year, or just opened the box.




Conclusion
If you're a beginner wanting to quickly get up to speed on this great program, this is the book for you.
I give After Effects H•O•T (Hands-On Training) for After Effects 5.0 & 5.5 3 1/2 Cows!


Aaron Fisher
4/11/03



Click here to visit Creative COW's user forums and many other articles if you got here by a direct link to this page





Related Articles / Tutorials:
Adobe After Effects
Imagineer mocha Pro 5 Plug-In for Adobe: An In Depth Review

Imagineer mocha Pro 5 Plug-In for Adobe: An In Depth Review

Imagineer mocha Pro 5 Plug-in for Adobe brings all the amazing features of the professional version of the mocha Planar Tracker directly into After Effects and Premiere Pro in the form of a plugin. In this in-depth review, After Effects tutorial guru Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio will show you what you can do with this new plug-in, and discuss what he likes and doesn't like about the new update.

Tutorial
Tobias Gleissenberger
Adobe After Effects
After Effects 2015.3 - My Favorite Features

After Effects 2015.3 - My Favorite Features

Learn why you should upgrade to After Effects CC 2015.3 - 13.8.1 - a close and detailed look at the latest release of After Effects (August 2016). Roei Tzoref will be focusing on his favorite features that set this release apart from previous versions: Performance, Queue in AME, Lumetri Color new features, and more.

Tutorial
Roei Tzoref
Adobe After Effects
Advanced Masking in Adobe After Effects

Advanced Masking in Adobe After Effects

Some of the coolest stuff you can do inside of Adobe After Effects is only possible once you unlock the power of masks. Join After Effects whiz Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio to learn about mask animation and interpolation, using the variable width feathering tool, managing mask modes and ordering, and more.

Tutorial
Tobias Gleissenberger
Adobe After Effects
Fixing Common After Effects Problems and Mistakes

Fixing Common After Effects Problems and Mistakes

Got problems using Adobe After Effects? Exported files too large, Expressions not working, mixing shapes and makes, modes/switches, selecting previews for layers vs. comps - Surfaced Studio's Tobias Gleissenberger shows you fast fixes for these and more!

Tutorial
Tobias Gleissenberger
Adobe After Effects
mocha AE Planar Tracker for Absolute Beginners

mocha AE Planar Tracker for Absolute Beginners

Want to learn how to create advanced visual effects? Learn how to use mocha AE to track your shot and add advanced visual effects to live action footage inside Adobe After Effects. mocha can help you track shots that would be hard to track using traditional 2D point or feature trackers because it is a PLANAR TRACKER. A planar tracker uses planes and textures to track as opposed to points or groups of pixels. This allows the tracker to stay on track even if your shot contains motion blur or a very shallow depth of field. mocha AE comes included with Adobe After Effects and is available since CS3 and there is no reason for you not to use this awesome tool to make it easier for you to track your shot, replace screens or rotoscope!

Tutorial
Tobias Gleissenberger
Adobe After Effects
How to Make After Effects Faster with Proxies

How to Make After Effects Faster with Proxies

Learn how to make Adobe After Effects faster by using PROXIES! A proxy is a placeholder that stands in place for a very large video file or image sequence in your project. You can easily create proxies for the large source files that you are using and After Effects will automatically link them to the item in your project panel.

Tutorial
Tobias Gleissenberger
Adobe After Effects
Stabilize & Smooth: mocha 5 Plug-in for Adobe & Avid

Stabilize & Smooth: mocha 5 Plug-in for Adobe & Avid

Imagineer Systems and Boris FX product specialist Mary Poplin shows you how to stabilize with the new mocha Pro 5 plug-in inside of Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. This tutorial covers artistic stabilization, such as smoothing out camera movements or stabilizing around moving objects, completely locking down shots, and automatically replacing edge fill on planar backgrounds.

Tutorial
Mary Poplin
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Puppet Tool

Adobe After Effects Puppet Tool

Become a puppet master by learning how to use the Puppet Tool in Adobe After Effects! This intermediate-level tutorial from After Effects guru Tobias will show you how the Puppet Tool allows you to add joints and animations to bring life to any static image!

Tutorial
Tobias Gleissenberger
Adobe After Effects
How to Spawn A Clone in Adobe After Effects

How to Spawn A Clone in Adobe After Effects

Want to learn how to create a cool clone spawn effect in Adobe After Effects? Follow along with After Effects whiz Tobias from Surfaced Studio in this exciting new visual effects tutorial that combines green screen using Keylight, CC Vector Blur, the Liquefy Effect, CC Particle World, and much more, delivered in Tobias' inimitable style!

Tutorial
Tobias Gleissenberger
Adobe After Effects
Creating A Flame on Your Finger with After Effects

Creating A Flame on Your Finger with After Effects

It is easy to do some motion tracking and attach a basic stock footage element of fire onto your hands, but there is a little bit of work involved if you actually want to make it look good. In this intermediate tutorial by After Effects expert Tobias, you'll see how to use a fire stock footage element to set your thumb on fire! There are lots of useful tricks for null objects, expressions, and more in this tutorial that will help you create all sorts of other cool visual effects -- or set even more things on fire!

Tutorial
Tobias Gleissenberger
MORE
© 2016 CreativeCOW.net All Rights Reserved
[TOP]