After Effects CS6 showcases rebuilt, enhanced compositing and motion graphics tools
28 May 2012
Excerpt: (1 items) The release of After Effects CS6 is proof that Adobe actually listens to customer requests and stays current with the needs of today’s filmmakers, editors, and motion graphics artists. Beyond this release's impressive list of new features, there are much-needed and long-awaited performance improvements.
Pros: Greatly improved performance, Better integration with NLE workflows, New 3D ray-tracing environment, Vector image to shape conversions, Variable mask feathering, 3D Camera Tracker
Cons: Roto Brush tool still needs refinement, Needs additional 3D primitive shapes library
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: Steep learning curve;, Rendering can take quite a long time.
Excerpt: The Good Fast, Fast...(did I mention FAST?), New tools bring enhanced workflow without changing familiar interface The Bad No backwards compatibility in projects, Occasional ambiguous error messages I first started using After Effects with version 5.5. It was extremely functional and I loved using it, but there were a quite a few features that were either completely missing, or extremely antiquated (anyone who has used version 5.5 and below's text tool knows what I'm...
Pros: Fast, Fast...(did I mention FAST?), New tools bring enhanced workflow without changing familiar interface
Cons: No backwards compatibility in projects, Occasional ambiguous error messages