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Adobe After Effects CS6

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USER REVIEWS

An Exceptional Software That Delivers Sophisticated Motion Graphics And Animations

By Reinalei Jamir

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The release of After Effects CS6 was proof that Adobe listens to their customers. The company remains current with the needs of today’s image editors and motion graphics artists. With this version, it has a remarkable list of features that are very much needed and with better performance.

As I explore this program, I notice an enormous boost of Global Performance Cache that makes After Effects CS6 perform much better. Possibly the most unusual feature of this version is the Ray-traced 3D. It allows me to design quickly fully ray-traced, shape layers and geometric text in 3Dspace. We all know that 3D have been released before, but this new ray-traced render is more precise and more powerful.

Adobe After Effects CS6 brings more stylish motion graphics and cinematic visual effect than the previous versions. If you are a promising motion graphic artist or filmmaker, this program is the perfect choice to enhance your talent. It may be quite expensive, but for me it is an excellent value for money.

Pros

  • It has a better performance
  • Ray-tracing is now more accurate

Cons

  • Photoshop video layers not supported
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A Well Enhanced Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Creation Tool

By Daren Garius

On Friday, June 20, 2014

In my opinion, Adobe After Effects CS6 is a significant release that has something for every After Effect user. This version has an impressive list of new features and performance enhancement. If you are new to this software, you will notice that the basics of AE CS6 are quite easy to understand. Its interface is quite a combination of Photoshop and Premiere.

I like the major update to Global Performance Cache, it can now store on a scratch disk each layer’s render files, so changes are applied quickly, and playback will be instant. You can also set how much storage will consume for the Global Performance Cache in your preferences.

After Effects CS6 is a vital tool for anyone who wants to do motion graphics, especially for filmmakers who are integrating any graphic management in their work. Though, the price could be expensive but I am positive it will be a good run for your money.

Pros

  • No longer need to re-render cached items
  • It has a list of new features

Cons

  • Needs additional 3D shapes library
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Amazing software with infinite possibilities for power PCs and creative brains!

By Elizabeth Tweetee

On Monday, February 2, 2015

After Effects is a renowned professional’s tool for implementing cinematic effects on to videos. It surpasses all other video editors out there, by providing enhanced usability and flawless three dimensional plane recognition feature. I tried this CS6 software and here are my views.

Pros:

• Working style is almost similar to other Adobe CS products. One with comprehensive knowledge on Photoshop can master it in short time.

• User interface is highly intuitive for one with basic Adobe software knowledge.

• Tons of editing options for the sake of professionals

• A number of transitions come built-in, for creating animations and intro videos

• True power of layers can be found in After Effects

Cons:

• The software is a bit resource hungry... You’ll need a powerful machine to avoid lag

• Not at all newbie friendly

Verdict:

After effects is a boon to professionals in video editing field, including film industry. Anyone with basic graphics designing background can create breath-taking visuals with the software. It surpasses rivals in all aspects including usability and performance. If you have a powerful PC and creative brain, go for it!

Pros

  • One with photoshop mastery can learn it easily
  • Tons of editing options to tweak your creativity
  • Great transition options available built-in

Cons

  • Software is very resource hungry
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • edit videos and graphics for my work and to post on sites i think this is the best app ever tho i am not familiar with it but i will learn in due time

  • making an animation to present in my selections for a position inside AIESEC. I want to make my speech using this video as a good presentation.

  • Travel video edition. I am editing videos and other programs do not let me create a plane map effect like in Indiana Jones. This one I believe may help me.

  • for personal use for making animation and learning so that i can learn and practice my practicals which i am studing in university as i dont have

  • animation cat videos gaming other stuff blogs to do fun stuff editing i been using this awhile since day one for my youtube channnel editing

What similar programs have you used?
  • aftereffects which we use templete pirticular projects that has huge innovative ideas lightroom is a editing app which can make our pic moody

  • I HAVEN NOT USED ANY SIMILAR PROGRAMS YET, THIS PROGRAM WILL BE MY FIRST TO TRY, AND I WANT THE TRIAL VERSION OF IT BEFORE I GET THE ORIGINAL. THANK YOU

  • i have previously used windows movie maker for beginner level ediing for my own purposes at college and workplace . now i am installing effects

  • I have used Adobe After Effects cs3. I have little knowledge about this program. I'm very excited to use latest version. Thank you for free.

  • I recently used one powerful programs called Adobe Photoshop CS6. It's a perfect tool to improve my picture by adding some interesting effects. So

What do you like most about this program?
  • UI is too friendly for rookies or experienced users of this kind of softwares than makes you very very extreamly happy using this stuffs instead

  • I am a new user. I do not know much about it. But it seems to be a good software for adding specialty and uniqueness to the edited pictures.

  • this software is good and no virus unlike other downloadable products that makes your pc performance worst because of the malwares and virus on the package once you dowloaded

  • video editing is the best i've ever seen in any similar product. adobe is a pro at creating these softwares and i would definitely use them again

  • the editing is very cool too use it is the most asome ive ever used in my whole life i would really suggest this to my friends i realpromised

Review

Adobe After Effects CS6 is the latest version of this classic software focused on animations and effects for videos. This version has significantly improved the motion graphics and cinematic effects. There have been huge enhancements made, such as the opportunity to keep one open project loaded on the cache whilst you are working on a second project.

The integration with other programs from the Adobe Suite has been improved, not only for Adobe Premiere, also for Illustrator. Now, you will have a dedicated command for creating shapes on vector layers. But the greatest improvement of this version is the new Ray-traced 3D rendering engine. This new engine will allow you to make designs in 3D easily and quickly. It also offers several new effects to apply such as a refraction index, transparency or reflection.

How to use this software

Once you download and launch Adobe After Effects CS6, you will see a window asking you whether you want to create a new project or open an existing file. For example, due to the integration with other programs the Adobe Suite, you will be able to edit and apply filters and templates to Photoshop images. You can deactivate this window and go directly back to the interface the next time you run it.

The interface is divided into different parts. On the left part of the screen you will find the project window. There, you will view your imported files and creations. In order to organize them, you can create as many folders as you want. The timeline is located at the bottom of the screen, and it displays your composition contents, duration, properties, etc. The preview window is in the center of the interface and will allow you to see how your project looks. Finally, on the right side of the screen, moving from the upper part to the lower one, you will find the tool panels you can configure at your will, the playback controls and the ‘Effects & Presets’ palette with a wide range of templates, filters and effects to apply to your composition.

Adobe After Effects CS6 Features

The unique features of Adobe After Effects CS6 are the following:

  • With 3D Camera Tracker you will be able to monitor elements and control their shadows, reflections, etc.
  • The ‘Global Performance Cache’ saves your previews and keeps you from waiting for frame updates
  • You can remove and repair rolling shutter artefacts without affecting stabilization with ‘Rolling Shutter Repair’
  • Adobe After Effects CS6 integrates Adobe Illustrator to allow you to convert vector graphics and shape layers
  • Around 90 new or enhanced built-in effects and templates, such as the 32-bit CycoreFX HD suite
  • Possibility of extruding ray-traced texts and shapes
  • Mask feather width can be varied
  • GPU acceleration has been improved regarding previews and final-quality rendering
  • Enhanced integration with mocha AE
  • Possibility of importing other application's projects like Final Cut Pro thanks to ‘Pro Import After Effects’ tool

To explore more functionalities and options of this software before you download it, feel free to visit the developer’s site .

System Requirements

Below you can find the minimum system requirements for the free download and setup of this program:

  • Operating System: Windows XP (32bit) or later
  • Processor: Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5600+ or Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
  • RAM: 2GB of memory
  • Hard Disk Space: 10 GB of free space
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 256MB / Radeon X1950 XTX or higher compatible with DirectX 9

You can find more information about the tech specs here .