Adobe After Effects CS6 software lets you deliver cinematic visual effects and motion graphics faster than ever before with new Global Performance Cache. Extend your creativity with built-in text and shape extrusion, new mask feathering options, and the fast, easy-to-use 3D Camera Tracker.
3D Camera Tracker
Place and track 3D elements on 2D footage for precise visual effects and motion graphics. The 3D Camera Tracker automatically analyzes 2D footage in the background and places elements on that footage, with complete control over depth of field, shadows, and reflections.
Innovative compositing and animation
Innovative compositing and animation Combine moving and still imagery, graphics, and text in 2D or 3D space. Animate practically any aspect of each element and add sound for virtually any result you can imagine.
Responsive 64-bit performance
Work effectively on high-resolution projects - even at 32-bit-per-channel color in HD, 2K, and 4K compositions. See longer previews using all system RAM. Spend less time waiting and more time creating with smart disk caching.
Global Performance Cache
Create more in less time, even in high-resolution projects. This revolution "under the hood" makes After Effects fast and responsive by taking full advantage of your computer's hardware.
Unparalleled Adobe integration
Enjoy a streamlined workflow with support for importing Adobe Photoshop images and layer effects. Move easily between After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro software via Adobe Dynamic Link. Import Adobe Illustrator files, and then animate each layer.
Unlimited creative options
Manipulate moving and still images using effects such as stylize, distort, and shatter. Create grids, radio waves, particles, and more. Combine third-party plug-in effects for Hollywood-caliber results.
Animated text and vector graphics
Create text and vector graphics in After Effects using familiar Adobe tools, and then animate those elements to create visually innovative motion graphics
Comprehensive masking and keying tools
Isolate moving foreground elements from backgrounds fast with the Roto Brush tool. Remove bluescreen and greenscreen backgrounds with Academy Award-winning Keylight from The Foundry.
Powerful motion controls
Remove unwanted movement with the Warp Stabilizer, or precisely match the motion of source footage with mocha for After Effects CS6. Apply realistic motion blur. Use Timewarp to slow down and speed up footage.
32-bit floating-point pipeline
Exploit extended highlights and shadows with the dynamic range of real-world light. Freely push values above monitor white and recover detail without clipping.
Expressions and scripting
Use expressions to link individual parameters, effects, and layers in a variety of ways - even across compositions. Also add custom capabilities to After Effects and automate repetitive tasks with robust scripting support.
Rich pool of third-party plug-in developers
Add extra capability to After Effects with plug-ins from third-party developers. Discover unique, creative effects; particles; 3D objects; and specialized workflow tools.
Professional results for any media type
Deliver your work virtually anywhere. Compatibility with an extensive list of output formats lets you produce animated content for media ranging from film and broadcast to the web and mobile devices.
What's new in CS6?
Global Performance Cache
Create more in less time. With new Global Performance Cache, your previews are saved and ready when you are - no more waiting for the application to catch up. This revolution "under the hood" makes After Effects extremely fast and responsive by taking full advantage of the power of your computer's hardware for visual effects and motion graphics.
3D Camera Tracker
Track 3D elements with complete control over depth of field, shadows, and reflections. Automatically analyze and place 3D track points onto 2D footage in the background while you work.
Ray-traced, extruded text and shapes
Extrude fully ray-traced text and shapes natively and take full advantage of reflections, environment maps, and more.
Variable mask feathering
Create a separate set of splines to precisely control mask feathering. Get the exact shape you want with the proper degree of softness at any point along the mask edge, resulting in a big boost to creative flexibility.
Integration with Adobe Illustrator
Instantly convert Illustrator vector art (AI and EPS format) into shape layers. Easily animate vector art in 2D or extrude to 3D.
Rolling Shutter Repair
Remove rolling shutter artifacts such as skew and wobble without forcing stabilization.
New and updated effects
Enhance your creativity with 90 new and updated built-in effects, including the complete 16- and 32-bit CycoreFX HD suite.
Avid AAF and FCP 7 XML file import with Pro Import AE
Import and work with files created in Apple Final Cut Pro 7 or earlier versions, as well as Avid Media Composer and Symphony, letting you integrate After Effects with professional production workflows.
Mocha for After Effects CS6
Launch mocha for After Effects CS6 directly within After Effects CS6
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Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 with SP 1 (64 Bit), Windows 8
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom II (64-bit support required)
RAM: 4 GB (8 GB recommended)
Hard Drive Space: 3 GB (additional free space required during installation)
Additional disk space for disk cache (10 GB recommended)
OpenGL 2.0-capable system
Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer
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If you held out updating After Effects from CS5 or earlier, I urge you to consider this upgrade—or get left in the dust. That sounds like a strong statement, but I believe it's justified. After Effects CS6 is the most important upgrade the program has received since the first major update in version 7. It's not just a bunch of additional features and add-ons, but rather a truly rebuilt, reworked, and enhanced powerful compositing and motion graphics creation tool. While I’d still like to see some basic primitive shape objects added to the new 3D ray-trace enviroment, and there’s definitely room for improvement with the Roto Brush tool that was introduced in CS5, the enhancements in CS6 have answered the needs of professionals in today’s film industry. And with the insanely affordable upgrade options—or the new Creative Cloud subscription—there’s no reason to pass up this opportunity. Macworld: http://www.macworld.com/