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: Adobe Systems Inc. » After Effects
is widely used in professional and semi-professional circles for creating advanced 2-D and 3-D video and animation effects. Version 5.5 adds considerably to its repertoire.
After Effects is Adobe's visual effects and motion graphics application for digital video and Web sites. This is a half-point upgrade from version 5 and includes new features, as well as full support for Windows XP. This is reflected in the documentation, which consists of the full After Effects 5.0 manual and a 50 page supplement, detailing what's new.
The look of the program has been improved by the introduction of an effects palette, where you can gain easy access to an improved range of effects, including grids, roughened edges, four-colour gradients and cell-patterns. You can view them by category or alphabetically.
Key new features start with projections and coloured shadows. You can specify a coloured layer to be translucent, so light shines through it to cast a colour onto another surface--think stained-glass windows for the concept here.
When working with 3-D objects it can often be difficult to easily visualise the relative positions of objects in a space, so Adobe has introduced the ability to open different views of the same scene, either as 2-D or 3-D panes. An advanced 3-D renderer helps to ensure more accurate reproduction of the finished 3-D animation, too.
Finally, After Effects now supports a wider range of file formats. These include full support for RealMedia streaming video and the import of Macromedia Flash, MPEG-1 and several more esoteric 8-bit and 16-bit file types. After Effects 5.5 is a worthwhile upgrade if you work seriously with the moving image, either in video or in Web page animations. --Simon Williams