Creating and working with stereoscopic 3D scenes is much more convenient in After Effects CS5.5. Here’s a list of new and changed features in this area, with links to pages with more information:
- new stereoscopic 3D camera rig for automatically creating a set of nested compositions and cameras, linked together by expressions
- improved 3D Glasses effect, with added properties for refining stereoscopic 3D output
- new camera commands for automating common tasks: Link Focus Distance To Point Of Interest, Link Focus Distance To Layer, Set Focus Distance To Layer
|Chris and Trish Meyer provide a detailed set of video tutorials about these features on the Adobe TV website:|
Amir Stone, the software engineer responsible for the stereoscopic 3D features in After Effects, has written a document explaining the theory and practice of stereoscopic 3D: “Understanding stereoscopic 3D in After Effects”. This document is recommended reading for anyone using stereoscopic 3D, since Amir provides much practical information about how people perceive visual information and what this means for creating and modifying stereoscopic 3D scenes.
Video2Brain provides a video overview of the new stereoscopic 3D features in After Effects CS5.5.
Karl Soule provides a video that demonstrates working with and previewing stereoscopic 3D elements in After Effects and a video that explains how to edit stereoscopic 3D material in Adobe Premiere Pro.
For more information about stereoscopic 3D and Adobe software, see the stereoscopic 3D page on the Adobe website.
Rich Young has been tracking resources about stereoscopic 3D in After Effects on his AE Portal website. The new and improved stereoscopic 3D features in After Effects CS5.5 make things much easier than described in these resources for After Effects CS5, but many of these resources are still valuable.
For details about all new and changed features in After Effects CS5.5, see this page.