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Advantages and Disadvantages of Adobe Aftereffects CS5







Copyright (c) 2012 Mandi Pralle

Adobe Aftereffects CS5 is the latest incarnation of Adobe's compositing and digital motion graphics software. This latest version of this software that has been around since the 1990s was released in June of 2011. This software has a reputation for being utilized in the post-production procedure of making movies as well as TV production. Its major uses involve the origination of both 2.5D and 2D animation, finishing and visual effects compositing. Secondary uses of this software are a media transcoder and a fundamental, non-linear editor. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of Adobe Aftereffects CS5.

Advantages

One of the major advantages of this compositing and digital motion graphics software is how well it integrates with other software. Many users note this attribute of Adobe Aftereffects CS5. A few examples of other programs that Adobe Aftereffects CS5 integrates with well are Photoshop, other programs from Adobe, Encore and Premiere. For instance, if you are successful in learning keyframes in Aftereffects CS5, you will also easily learn keyframes in either Photoshop and also in Premiere.

Another advantage that Adobe Aftereffects CS5 possesses is something called light falloff. This Adobe Aftereffects CS5 feature permits users to control how the light intensity falls off over certain distances. This effect is very realistic as it lets users mimic a light effect that happens in the real world.

One likely little-known advantage in this compositing program is a feature called parenting. It allows users to work with both parent as well as child layers. The aforementioned child layer will inherit any transformations that are applied to the parent; this includes anchor point while still retaining its very own local animation.

One of the most popular advantages is the unified camera tool. With this tool, users can capitalize on three-button mice so they can have more intuitive and responsive 3D control. Shortcuts on the keyboard make it very easy to view all or just selected layers.

Disadvantages

One of the major disadvantages of Adobe Aftereffects CS5 concerns a misconception that some users have about it. Users must remember that Adobe Aftereffects CS5 is not a 3D animation program, and, as such, it is quite restrictive with regard to the kinds of 3D animation that it can actually perform for users.

Another of the disadvantages of Adobe Aftereffects CS5 is that it can be quite taxing on your computer system's resources. Specifically, this compositing and digital motion graphics software needs to utilize a lot of RAM (random access memory) in order to perform very complex effects that rely heavily on multiple-resolution layers.

As you can see, there are both advantages as well as disadvantages with Adobe's Aftereffects CS5 software. However, it is clear that the advantages with this software are more numerous than the disadvantages that present themselves. Basically, if you have any kind of digital motion graphics that you need or want to address in the context of the post-production of either TV or film, Adobe Aftereffects CS5 is your software of choice.


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