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Adobe After Effects CS5.5
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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.
Create motion graphics and visual effects with the industry standard
Responsive 64-bit performance
Work more easily with complex, high-resolution projects and see longer RAM previews thanks to native 64-bit operating system support. Enhanced disk caching allows you to spend less time waiting and more time creating.
Innovative compositing and animation tools
Create high-impact communications by combining moving and still imagery, graphics, and text in 2D or 3D space. Animate virtually any aspect of each element, and add sound for further impact.
Unlimited creative options - Enhanced
Manipulate moving and still images using hundreds of effects such as stylize, distort, and shatter. Create grids, radio waves, particles, and more. Combine effects for Hollywood-caliber results.
Comprehensive masking and keying tools, including new Roto Brush - Enhanced
Control which portions of a layer are visible by drawing and animating masks. The revolutionary new Roto Brush tool isolates moving foreground elements from backgrounds in a fraction of the time. Remove bluescreen and greenscreen backgrounds with the Academy Award - winning Keylight.
Powerful motion controls - Enhanced
Apply realistic motion blur. Use Timewarp to slow down and speed up footage. Remove unwanted movement with the Motion Stabilizer, or precisely match the motion of source footage with mocha for After Effects v2.
High-fidelity color - Enhanced
Get precise, predictable color in After Effects with support for high dynamic range (32-bit-per-channel floating point) color, including ProEXR files, ICC-based color management tools, and now color lookup tables (LUTs).
Expressions and scripting - Enhanced
Use expressions to link individual parameters, effects, and layers in a variety of ways -- even across compositions. Additionally, add custom capabilities to After Effects and automate repetitive tasks with robust scripting support.
Unmatched integration with industry-standard Adobe applications - Enhanced
Enjoy a streamlined workflow with support for importing Photoshop images and layer effects. Move easily between After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. Import Adobe Illustrator files, and then animate each layer.
Text and vector graphics creation and animation - Enhanced
Create text and vector graphics in After Effects using familiar Adobe tools, and then animate these elements to create visually innovative motion graphics.
Timesaving presets and learning tools
Get a jump start animating text, creating synthetic backgrounds, and more with animation presets. Use Brainstorm to experiment and refine designs. Learn fast with help, tool tips, and training resources on the web.
Professional results for any media type
Deliver your work virtually anywhere. Compatibility with an extensive list of output formats lets you produce animated content for media ranging from film and broadcast to the web and mobile devices.
Rich ecosystem of third party plug-in developers
Add even more capability to After Effects with plug-ins from third-party developers. Find solutions for everything from creative effects to particles, 3D objects, and specialized workflow tools.
New in version 5.5
Smooth unstable camera moves and create beautiful depth-of-field effects with Adobe After Effects CS5.5 software. Timecode support, quick stereo 3D setup, Roto Brush, and mocha for After Effects v2 all help you work more efficiently.
Smooth a bumpy camera move, or lock a shot automatically. Warp Stabilizer removes jitter and compensates for motion-related irregularities. Handheld footage is often shaky, with distracting motion artifacts, and it's simply not practical to use a counter-balanced camera rig or keep a dolly or crane ready for every moving shot. Warp Stabilizer provides an innovative solution that makes hand-held footage look as if it had been shot with a complicated, expensive camera rig. It can even use pixel analysis to resolve artifacts related to motion and parallax.
Camera Lens Blur
Create soft-focus effects with Camera Lens Blur. Set iris shape, blade curvature, and diffraction fringe characteristics for beautiful bokeh, and use these same settings for fantastic depth-of-field control with the After Effects 3D camera. Camera lens blur re-creates in post-production the (often beautiful, even fascinating) abstract characteristics that appear in the defocused areas of a camera image. With this effect, footage shot in perfect focus can take on the elegant attributes of a soft focus image. This realistic blur can be applied with the new Camera Lens Blur effect or generated automatically via Depth Of Field controls in the After Effects camera.
Source timecode support
Take the guesswork out of source footage edits. Timecode data in QuickTime, AVI, Broadcast WAV (BWF), DPX, and some variations of MXF is read directly in After Effects, and the Timecode effect can display both source timecode and composition frames. Timecode support saves steps when working directly with source footage. Without it, you are left to guess based on visual clues or frame counts how a video selection is edited, increasing the likelihood of extra steps and careless errors. Timecode is embedded in source media when recorded and used to log takes when edited. Timecode hours, minutes, seconds, and frames settings are absolute and do not change.
Stereoscopic 3D workflow improvements
Animate and composite stereoscopic projects more easily. Quickly set up stereo camera rigs. Save time with simplified rendering of multiple cameras, and work with an updated 3D Glasses effect. After Effects CS5.5 makes it easier than before to set up a stereo-ready 3D image pipeline for review and output of stereo scenes that use the After Effects camera. Initial setup is nearly instantaneous.
Control how light intensity falls off across 3D distances, just as it does in the real world.
RAW digital cinema workflow improvements
Gain instant access to high-definition source formats. RED Rocket card and RMD metadata dramatically improve the performance and look of RED footage. Import footage in CinemaDNG format, an open standard that offers a common solution.
Expanded color LUT support
Expand your color management options by using additional LUT variants in the 3DL and CUBE formats to simulate film and alternate devices or to apply different looks to your footage. Export 3D LUTs to promote more consistent, predictable color.
Save As After Effects CS5
Work easily on projects with colleagues still using After Effects CS5: Save projects in After Effects CS5 format to take advantage of new features and performance improvements without the need for colleagues to upgrade.
Small changes that make a big difference
Benefit from big productivity gains: more efficient rendering with improved disk caching, review of recent searches, and new sorting options in the Project panel.
XDCAM EX export
Render in the XDCAM EX format using multiple bitrates, pixel aspect ratios, and frame rates. This allows you to roundtrip footage shot on popular Sony cameras so that your output is consistent with files being edited directly from source
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