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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 5. Dynamic Text with After Effects

Why use After Effects instead of Flash for text animation? After Effects has a rich pedigree in text animation, including feature film title sequences and broadcast commercials. If you want to animate text, After Effects is the best tool in existence. We recommend if you want to animate text for a Flash project, animate it in After Effects and then export it as a SWF or XFL file for import into Flash. It might seem like a few extra steps, but the results are worth it.

After Effect’s text engine is so good that if you can imagine a text effect, you can create it (with the exception of extruded, 3D text effects). The only downside of this much power is complexity. The methods for working with text in After ...

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