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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition by Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer

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40 Integrating with 3D Applications

Techniques to get more information from your 3D program into After Effects

Real 3D programs have several advantages over After Effects: For example, their objects have real depth, and the texturing and lighting options are far more advanced. However, this power often comes with a significant speed penalty, which can be a problem when accommodating client changes. After Effects is also the better tool in which to refine the final look of your 3D worlds. Offloading portions of the work from your 3D program to After Effects will save time while giving you more power and flexibility – but it requires some planning to set up.

Tight integration makes it easier to add video and other layers to 3D environments in ...

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