Richard Harrington and Marcus Geduld have just released a new book about my favorite application and… well… that other one. You see, I’m one of those people who knows After Effects backwards and forwards but has had a hard time making the crossover to Flash. I’m pretty sure that there are a lot of people in the reverse position. (Actually, I know that there are, because I’m constantly correcting people when they use words like ‘stage’ when talking about After Effects.)
Richard and Marcus have come to the rescue.
The first two chapters of their book are designed for people like me. (Well, one is designed for people like me; the other is designed for my evil Flash twin.) One teaches the basics of Flash in terms that an After Effects user can understand, and the other teaches the basics of After Effects in terms that a Flash user can understand.
The good folks at Peachpit Press have made these two chapters available on their website:
The rest of the book goes on to explain how you do creative and production work in each of these applications and then move the pieces and outputs back and forth to get the best of both. But you have to buy the book to get those parts. I’m pretty sure that many of you will do just that as soon as you see the value in the introductory chapters.
Thank you, Richard and Marcus, for creating a two-way information bridge between these two applications.
Of course, there’s a section in After Effects Help (and in Flash Help) about working with After Effects and Flash. Richard and Marcus just did a more understandable and thorough job than we did.
I think that we do a solid job with the reference material for rendering and exporting to SWF, FLV, F4V, and XFL for Flash and Flash Player in After Effects Help, so I’m not too embarrassed.