Softpedia Editor's Review for Adobe After Effects
Create motion graphics and visual effects with the industry standard
Written by Elena Opris on April 3rd, 2012
Professional multimedia editors are already aware of the importance of their software, as the application they use needs to be both feature-packed and intuitive enough to allow them to easily locate each function with ease. Adobe After Effects is one of the most complex tools one can use for designing motion graphics or cinematic visual effects.
First and foremost, it needs to be mentioned that this software comes with a large installer, therefore it takes a while to download, install and load. Also, the RAM usage tends to be quite high, but this is to be expected from such a product.
When launching the software, the Welcome Screen comes in handy to beginners and pros alike, as it displays tips meant to optimize operating Adobe After Effects.
When creating a new composition, users can customize it by adding text strings, solid colors, camera, lights, as well as new distinct layers. Alternatively, the composition can be viewed as a flowchart, to ensure smooth manipulation of its components.
The application also supports inserting common images or Photoshop-based ones, and users can apply effects such as stylize, distort, and shatter. All the elements can be combined, adjusted and edited so as to obtain a custom high-quality animation - presets can also be of use when looking for inspiration for a new project.
Considering the numerous types of effects and layer actions (such as time-reverse, mask, blend, switch) supported by Adobe After Effects, it is best to experiment with them before applying them to your final creation.
Experts are bound to access the Preferences section when they want to adjust the amount of RAM that can be used by the software, or to configure the video preview and audio hardware settings.
The unregistered version of Adobe After Effects can be used for up to 30 days free of charge, so users need to use this period wisely and experiment with all the functions as much as possible, so as to be able to make an informed decision whether they should purchase a license or not.
Adobe After Effects description
Here are some key features of "Adobe After Effects":
· Refine Edge tool
· Warp Stabilizer VFX
· Track Optimization in the 3D Camera Tracker
· Live 3D Pipeline with Cinema4D
· Pixel Motion Blur
· Automatic Find
· Bicubic resampling
· Layer and mask snapping
· Sync Settings
· Intel Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor; 64-bit support required
· 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
· 5GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
· Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)
· 1280x1080 display
· OpenGL 2.0–capable system
· QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
· Broadband internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services
· Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer
· 30 days trial
· 2 GB of cloud storage
· Limited access to services
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
A more connected After Effects:
· After Effects CC is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.
Live 3D Pipeline:
· Objects and scenes from popular 3D modeling and animation software CINEMA 4D can be used directly as footage inside After Effects CC without rendering first. This eases roundtripping between the programs and opens up numerous creative possibilities.
Refine Edge tool:
· It's the end of hard matte lines. Keep the details when separating complicated foreground elements like frizzy hair or motion-blurred edges from complex backgrounds. This means you can create natural-looking composites without keying specially shot footage.
Warp Stabilizer VFX:
· A major upgrade to the much-lov...