Posts in Category "After Effects"

Frischluft Fresh Curves

Good news for people who like to color correct with curves: The folks at Frischluft have released a new After Effects plug-in called Fresh Curves. It has a great user interface and adds controls such as additional channels, histogram view, bezier curve drawing. Graphs are scalable and drawn in color — a nice upgrade from the standard, small black and white curves editor. The two plug-in package includes a separate plug-in for “relative curves” which makes it easy to accomplish tasks like increasing saturation for a particular hue. So making your washed out sky look more interesting is now just a few clicks away.

After Effects 9.0.1 Released

The After Effects 9.0.1 update is available now, free of charge, to all After Effects CS4, CS4 Production Premium and CS4 Master Collection customers, through the Adobe update manager (accessed through the Help menu in the application). This update includes quality improvements and support for the RED camera plug-in, which allows customers to use RED Camera R3D files directly in After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Dear After Effects…answered

Some call it gripes, but we on the After Effects team prefer the term ‘feedback’.

That’s what’s going on over at Dearadobe.com. A gripe is just something that goes into thin air, unheard by the real target of the criticism. But we’re listening, even when we’re too busy to pick up the phone and call.

I downloaded the top 25 After Effects gripes and the considerate folks at Dearadobe.com have published my response to each one. Many suggestions were already in the shipping version of After Effects, or soon to be addressed in After Effects CS4. Of course, there were also some great feature requests in there. You have to know we want to do these as much as you need them. You can check out the official After Effects comments on their blog.

Of course, the more direct route for your feedback would be to comment here, or simply use the Adobe feature request and bug submission form. This form goes directly to After Effects team members, so don’t worry about your feedback going into thin air, and don’t let those good ideas and questions turn into gripes!

After Effects CS4 Announced Today!

It’s official! CS4 is announced today!

The Adobe website has been updated with all the info about the release. I’ll have more to say here shortly, but I wanted to make a quick post to point you all towards the After Effects CS4 info. A new After Effects is very exciting by itself, but be sure to also check out the whole Production Premium suite — there’s some unbelievably cool features throughout the suite that will save you time and expand your creative possibilites! More to come later…

After Effects Mac PowerPC plans

I’m sure that it will come as no surprise that the After Effects team is hard at work, creating loads of great new features for the next version After Effects. What are we up to? I can’t mention any specifics just yet, but we’ve added some great new creative options, streamlined workflows, and thrown in a bunch of small refinements that add up to make a big difference.

From my point of view, one of the hardest things about making software is that there are always more ideas and hotly requested features than engineers and time. This means that we’re always making trade-offs about what goes into a release. These trade-offs get harder as you support more platforms, different CPUs, graphics cards, and versions of an OS. Even something as simple as an OS update can soak up a lot of engineering and testing time. It adds up to a large part of the overall effort.

As we planned this release, we had to decide between a bunch of great new features and keeping support for PowerPC Macs. Should we continue to invest in PowerPC or should we add cool new Photoshop integration? How about a new way to work when taking your After Effects projects to Flash Professional? Hard choices, indeed.

Our research data and our customers tell us that the adoption of Intel-based Macs is happening at a very quick pace. The vast majority of our professional Mac customers will already be using After Effects on a Intel-based mac by the time we ship the next version. Not surprising, really. The performance advantage of multi-core Intel Macs is impressive. There are plenty of reasons for this trend to continue.

After considering all the information, we decided that the benefits of the new workflows and features outweigh the downside of dropping PowerPC support. As a result, After Effects CS3 will be the last universal binary Macintosh version and the next version of After Effects will be Intel-only on the Mac. Premiere Pro, Encore, and Soundbooth are already Intel-only in CS3, so Production Premium Suite users will already be accustomed to this requirement.

By focusing on Intel Macs, we save a huge amount of engineering and testing time. This means that we will be able to complete more features for a larger group of customers and deliver the best release possible. Plus, some recently added technology is so new that it never existed on PowerPC Macs.

Adobe has always supported prior versions of our software and this will remain the case with After Effects CS3. I should also mention that this decision only applies to After Effects and not to other Adobe applications such as Photoshop.

If you must have a universal binary version for your PowerPC Mac, After Effects CS3 is the way to go. Keep in mind, however, that we will no longer sell After Effects CS3 after we have shipped the next version.

This wasn’t an easy choice, and I recognize that that this may cause concern for some customers. I wanted to make this decision known as early as possible to give our customers as much time as possible to adjust their plans with as little disruption as possible. In the end, this gives our team the ability to focus on innovation, advanced workflows, and modernizing the engine that powers After Effects. We think these are good things.

Pause — Ideas in Motion

If your creative energy needs a recharge or you’re looking for inspiration, you might want to head to New York CIty in November for a brand new motion graphics event, Pause. Pause is brought to you by the same folks who produce the well-known FITC interactive design conferences. Pause is different, though — it will focus exclusively on motion graphics and feature an exploration of creative and technical work from a range of broadcast and film designers. The list of presenters includes some fantastic leading-edge creative talent:

Digital Kitchen
Hush
Smith & Foulkes
Kyle Cooper
Joseph Kosinski
Buck
UFO
GMUNK
Brand New School
MK12

FITC founder Shawn Pucknell has generously provided a 10% discount for readers of this blog. When you’re registering for the conference, just enter the following discount code: COLEMAN.

Todd Kopriva Introduces a New Region of Interest

After Effects team member Todd Kopriva has recently introduced a new blog titled “Region of Interest”. Catchy title! Todd is a regular presence on other public After Effects forums and the man behind our documentation, so it’s a natural fit for Todd to write a blog as well. I’ve always appreciated Todd’s tireless crusade to connect the After Effects community to handy resources and information. Anyone learning and using After Effects will want to keep up with his writings, which can be found at http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/. I’m pretty sure he’d hate this, but here’s a recent picture of Todd. (Sorry Todd, couldn’t resist). Welcome!

Native Red support coming soon

On the heels of some great camera announcements at NAB, Red has announced new support for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. This means that you will soon be able to use your native, non-transcoded R3D files directly within Premiere Pro and After Effects CS3. Check out the details and discussion over at the RedUser.net forums.

It’s NAB time!

Greetings from Las Vegas!

Every year, I look forward to the excitement and activities of NAB. All the broadcast industry news, announcements, and new products come together in frenzy that could only have Las Vegas as a backdrop. If you haven’t seen the NAB show floor before it opens, you’d be amazed at how fast it comes together. It’s like building an entire electronics mega-mall in a single weekend. For a few days, it’s a chaotic mix of partially assembled technology, fresh carpet, whirring table saws, and hurried forklift drivers. At a local computer store yesterday I ran into some friends from another company (who shall remain nameless). They we’re buying new computers for their booth. I love it.

If you’re here at NAB this week, be sure to stop by the Adobe booth to say “hi” and see what’s new. We have several exciting announcements that will be detailed on this and other Adobe blogs. If you can’t make it to the show, we’re going to a special addition this year — all of the theater presentations are going to be recorded and published on Adobe TV which you can watch in the new Adobe Media Player. The sessions this year include Adobe customers showing how they did some amazing projects with Adobe tools as well as numerous Adobe presentations. Be sure to catch Hart Shafer’s sessions for a glimpse into Adobe’s future. The videos of the sessions will be on Adobe TV by the middle of next week. In the mean time, grab the Adobe Media Player from the Adobe web site and you can get started watching premium content from CBS, MTV, and others.

If you can’t visit with the After Effects team at NAB, maybe there’s a chance we can visit you! Head over to our survey site to give us your contact info. The AE team has a continuous schedule of customer visits where we like to learn about your workflow and gather input on future versions. When we’re in your city, we’d love to stop in and visit.

That’s it for now…Off to the show!

QuickTime 7.4.1 released today

That was quick! Apple released QuickTime 7.4.1 today. I’m happy to report that 7.4.1 addresses the issues that appeared when using After Effects with QuickTime 7.4. This release is highly recommended for Adobe customers who are using QuickTime 7.4. Thanks, Apple!

I’m flying home to Seattle tomorrow and now I might rent a show or two from iTunes to pass the time on the plane. I’ve been wanting to catch up on the new Terminator series. By the way, if you’re doing the visual effects for that show, send me a comment!