Thursday, September 16, 2004
Posted by Philip Colmer in "SOFTWARE" @ 10:00 AM
Product Category: Video compositing software
Manufacturer: Adobe Systems Inc
Where to Buy: Amazon: Windows; Macintosh (affiliate links)
Price: $699.99 USD (now version 6.5)
Windows: Penium III or 4 (multiprocessor recommended), Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or Windows XP Professional or Home with Service Pack 1 or later, 128MB RAM (256MB or more recommended), 150MB harddisc for installation (500MB or larger recommended for ongoing work), CD-ROM drive, 24-bit colour display adapter.
Macintosh: PowerPC processor (multiprocessor G5 recommended), Mac OS X v.10.3.2, memory/discspace/graphics as for Windows.
- Fantastic levels of sophistication and flexibility;
- Tight integration with other Adobe applications;
- New text and paint features offer high quality results and extensibility through animation and effects.
- Steep learning curve;
- Rendering can take quite a long time.
After Effects is pretty much unmatched as a single tool that brings you 2D and 3D compositing, animation and visual effects. Version 6 continues to build on previous versions by increasing the integration with other Adobe applications, delivering new functionality like the text and paint engines and improving on 3D rendering with OpenGL support. Used by Hollywood and TV broadcasters, it delivers fantastic results and yet can still be used by beginners for the simplest of tasks.
Read on for the full review!