|Review: - The
After Effects Illusionist
After Effects Illusionist
Written by Chad Perkins
Review by Steve
start out by saying that this is not an Adobe After Effects book
for beginners even though the back cover says that it is suitable
for the novice to advanced user. It is clearly aimed at the editor
who has been using After Effects for some time, is familiar with
most of its uses, the appropriate terminology, applications,
and parameter controls. It is for the editor who is ready to
dig deeper into the myriad applications of its effects and their
relation to themselves as editors, and who hope to further their
own abilities and understanding of them.
A media disc is supplied with all
the necessary material you will need for each chapter covered.
Much of the media was supplied by Art Beats and is of excellent
From my perspective, there is no
beginning, middle and end to this book, nor is there a need to
start on page one and continue to the end. This is one of those
books that you use to fit your purpose, agenda and needs of the
moment. The title, while quite catchy, implies that all kinds
of special effects secrets and how to achieve them will be bestowed
upon you. However, that is not the purpose of this book at all.
Rather it is an extensive and in depth exploration of, and reference
to, almost all the various filters and how each of parameters
affect the image that produces the real value of this book. I
found the tone of the book, while exhaustive, to be dry in manner,
kind of like an old encyclopedia.
There is not much, if anything,
that is not covered in this book regarding the many filters and
presets that accompany Adobe After Effects though some of the
effects collections like Keylight, Cycore and Color Finesse are
not touched upon. It really is very comprehensive book for the
After Effects literate designed to demonstrate just how much
can be done with the native tools of AE without the many third
party plug in collections that are often used to supplement AE
users. Covered for the AE user are chapters regarding 3D Channel
Effects, Audio and Blur & Sharpen Effects, Matter and Paint
Effects, Perspective & Simulation Effects and even Obsolete
Effects. Of course, this is only a partial listing of some of
the subjects covered as there really is a great deal more.
I do believe that it would take
an individual an incredible amount of time to literally work
through this book from cover to cover. I certainly didn't make
it through the entire thing before writing this review.
One of the best ways to learn is
by doing and experimenting. I found that I could skip around
and work on the sections that held my interest. If you are a
frequent Adobe After Effects user, this book will, without a
question, supplement your knowledge and skills.
Douglas is a certified Apple Pro for Final Cut Pro 6 and underwater
videographer. A winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater Film
Competition, 2003 IVIE competition, 2004 Los Angeles Underwater
Photographic competition, and the prestigious 2005 International
Beneath the Sea Film Competition, where he also won the Stan
Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography and 'Diver
of the Year', Steve was a safety diver on the feature film "The
Deep Blue Sea", contributed footage to the Seaworld Park's
Atlantis production, and productions for National Geographic
and the History channels. Steve is also feature writer for Asian
Diver Magazine and is one of the founding organizers of the San
Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition. He is available for both private
and group seminars for Final Cut Pro and leads both underwater
filming expeditions and African safaris with upcoming excursions
to Micronesia for the Manta Fest in 9/09, the Red Sea and Egypt
for Nov.2009, Truk Lagoon and Yap in Micronesia for July, 2010.
Feel free to contact him if you are interested in joining Steve
on any of these exciting trips. www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
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