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After Effects for Flash | Flash for After Effects: Dynamic Animation and Video with Adobe® After Effects® CS4 and Adobe® Flash® CS4 Professional by Marcus Geduld, Richard Harrington

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Chapter 1. After Effects Essentials for the Flash User

After Effects is a powerful animation software program that offers many tools for creative effects, dynamic animation, and excellent compositing. Although After Effects and Flash now share the same manufacturer, they evolved as very different programs. After Effects began its life with the Company of Science and Art (CoSA), and Flash was originally developed as FutureSplash Animator and renamed Flash after Macromedia purchased it in 1996.

Over time, both programs have grown significantly in their scope and capabilities. For a Flash user, the core principles of After Effects will seem similar. Elements are stacked from top to bottom in a timeline and then animated with keyframes. From there, ...

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