Whether you're working in broadcast and film or delivering work online and to mobile devices, Adobe After Effects CS5.5 software enables you to create groundbreaking motion graphics and blockbuster visual effects.
Put your ideas in motion--Bring together footage of virtually any size and format, photographs, and 3D renders with text, vector artwork, and music -- and make it all come alive. Handle complex compositing projects with new efficiency thanks to native 64-bit operating system support. Create polished productions--Get higher production values. Polish your productions with professional effects, hundreds of animation presets, precise tracking and keying controls, professional color support, and much more. Add animation and interactivity--Craft sophisticated, professional animations that can be rendered as FLV files for your Web site. Or import your entire composition into Adobe Flash Professional, where you can add interactivity.
64bit, Cross Platform, Rotobrush, Improved Puppetry, Remarkable Stability, Interconnectivity All Adobe Programs, Relatively Cheap, Only 1 Version
After Effects has been one of the better compositing programs for the better part of two decades. I had been using AE since the mid 90's but switched to Discrete's (now Autodesk's) Combustion in 2000. After Effects was bulky, awkward, hard to control and SLOW to boot. I refused to switch back to After Effects until CS5 was released and I had a good chance to play with it.
After 11 years in the post production business I can say without a doubt that dollar for dollar there is no better program out there than AE CS5. Now before all you neigh sayers leave flaming bags of poop on my doorstep, allow me to explain.
We live in a multi-platform world, we compositors must be able to jump between systems and be able to work without ANY hitches. It is a fact that no software company in the world has a track record anywhere near that of Adobe's when it comes to developing unified cross platform products. Adobe was developing for Windows when Macintoshes were the ONLY art based computers.
That being said, I know that when I jump back and fourth between my MacBook Pro and my Windows 7 desktops, I can be 110% confident that I will not have any problems that slow me down or make me look like a jackass in front of my clients.
This beings up another point about rendering. I have been and always will be a Mac user, but there is one problem with every Mac: the price. Since I switched back to AE I no longer NEED to buy a Mac for my rendering. I recently put together a system that has a pair of 12 core server processors, 64GB RAM and a pair of top of the line graphics cards for under $4k. An equivalent Mac would have cost me nearly 5 times as much. But since AE is reliable on both platforms, and the little known fact that ADOBE ALLOWS YOU TO INSTALL AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF UNREGISTERED COPIES OF AFTER EFFECTS FOR RENDERING PURPOSES, I can now trust the legendary stability of the Mac for doing my work, and leave the rendering to my monster Windows server.
All of this leads me to my next point, CS5 is now fully 64bit capable, which is a darn good because now my little 15" laptop is capable of doing some pretty beast effects in absolutely no time at all, AND I can take full advantage of all 24 beautiful cores and all 64 wondrous GB of RAM in my render box.
And if I haven't convinced you yet, I have one final point: Rotobrush. Perhaps the most incredible tool in the new version, it allows you paint a few strokes and it automatically rotoscopes a clip for you. In under 10 minutes you can do what used to take several hours.
Throw all of this in with a nice heaping side of complete interconnectivity with all of Adobe's other products and you've got one heck of a program. Don't get me wrong, it's not the best product on the market, but Final Cut Studio isn't cross platform and Autodesk's Flame may absolutely lay waste to After Effects, but I'm pretty sure there are Ferraris that cost less than Flame, I'd venture to say that dollar to dollar AE wins every time.
I feel naughty replying off-topic (but, you leave me no choice, as your profile doesn't allow users to email you). I'd like to discuss your monstrous machine...Am looking to build, & wish to get advice. -At your earliest convenience; thank you.
Pretty much everything except installing, as long as you can get it to work.
Every time I tried to add an effect (or anything else), it crashed!
Basically, this is the best video editing program ever... if it doesn't crash! My friend had it and his worked perfectly, so I got the trial version, but of course it didn't really work too well... Oh, well, from the other reviews, it must be pretty good when it works.
Native 64-bit OS support--Work fluidly on high-resolution projects -- even at 32-bit-per-channel color inside HD, 2K, and 4K compositions. Use all of your system's RAM. View a list of 64-bit third-party plug-ins.
Roto Brush--Isolate foreground elements from backgrounds in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take using this revolutionary new tool.
AVC-Intra and enhanced RED support--Work natively with tapeless footage from the newest high-quality Panasonic cameras thanks to AVC-Intra 50 and AVC-Intra 100 support. Take advantage of improved support for RED R3D formats, and gain additional controls for working with raw footage. Do more with tapeless workflows
Dozens of enhancements--Benefit from dozens of customer-requested refinements that yield big productivity gains -- such as the ability to align layers to comps.
Color Finesse--Enjoy an enhanced color correction workflow with the new features, finer control over hue and saturation, and ability to export settings as color lookup tables (LUTs) in Color Finesse LE 3.
Digieffects FreeForm--Turn flat objects into virtually any 3D shape using this popular 3D mesh warp plug-in.
mocha for After Effects v2--Apply motion tracking to hand-drawn masks and import variable-width mask feathers. The powerful mocha shape plug-in is also included.
Auto-Keyframe mode--Animate quickly by setting starting keyframes automatically.
Color LUT support--Get consistent color in your workflow by using industry-standard 3DL and CUBE lookup tables.
Refine Matte effect--Apply intelligent edge tracking, dechattering, and motion blurring capabilities to any layer with a problematic alpha channel, such as keyed footage.