updated 01:25 am EST, Tue January 17, 2006
Adobe After Effects 7.0
Adobe Systems today announced , an upgrade to the industry standard tool for producing motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, DVD, and the web. Version 7 includes a re-designed, unified user interface, accelerated OpenGL 2.0 support, and comprehensive Flash Video (FLV) export capabilities. After Effects 7.0 is available as a stand-alone product or as part of Adobe Production Studio also announced today. The re-designed interface features dockable panels, allowing users to eliminate overlapping windows and palettes, re-arrange panels, save custom workspaces, and control UI brightness. It also features expanded support for OpenGL 2.0 by accelerating the on-screen rendering of 2D and 3D composites and delivering high-fidelity support for blending modes, motion blur on 2D layers, anti-aliasing, track mattes and shadows. It is available now for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later starting at $700.
"Adobe After Effects 7.0 meets the needs of the most demanding film and video professionals and allows creatives who are moving into time-based design to easily create compelling motion graphics and visual effects," said Jim Guerard, vice president of product management, Web and Video Solutions for Adobe. "With this release, After Effects has extended its leadership role in motion graphics and visual effects, on both the Mac and Windows platforms."
After Effects streamlines workflows and enhances overall productivity: users can quickly create great-looking animations with hundreds of fully-customizable Animation and Behavior presets for animating text, effects, transitions, and backgrounds that can be accessed through Adobe Bridge, a full-featured file browser that can be launched independently. When used as component of the Adobe Production Studio, After Effects 7.0 also provides access to Adobe Dynamic Link, a workflow enhancing technology that eliminates the need for the intermediate rendering of projects.
Professional Edition gains HDR color support
Professionals can produce eye-catching motion graphics and sophisticated visual effects for delivery to virtually any media using After Effects. The new Graph Editor can create precise animations across multiple layers, allowing complete visual control over keyframe editing and easy synchronization of effects. New 32-bit high dynamic range (HDR) color support in the Professional edition allows users to match the behavior of color and light to achieve a high degree of photo-realism by compositing in 32-bit-per channel floating-point color, according to Adobe.
In the Professional edition, Timewarp utilizes motion vectors to slow down or speed up footage with smooth, crisp results and minimal artifacts. Adobe After Effects 7.0 also introduces the availability to export Flash Video (FLV) files, offering new integration with Macromedia Flash for customers who produce video for use on the web.
Adobe After Effects 7.0 is available now for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Mac OS X 10.4. Estimated street prices for the full version are $1000 for the Professional edition and $700 for the Standard edition. Upgrade pricing is $200, while users can upgrade from the Standard to Professional edition for $500.