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Getting Started and Getting to Know the Workflow of Adobe After Effects CS4

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Learn the how to get started and the basic workflow of Adobe After Effects CS4, including how to create a project and import footage, create compositions and arrange layers, navigate the Adobe After Effects interface, use the Project, Composition, and Timeline panels, apply basic keyframes and effects, preview your work using standard and RAM preview, customize the workspace, adjust preferences related to the workspace, and find additional resources for using After Effects.

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Getting started

First, you’ll preview the final movie to see what you’ll create in this lesson.

  1. Make sure the following files are in the AECS4_CIB/Lessons/Lesson01 folder on your hard disk, or copy them from the Adobe After Effects CS4 Classroom in a Book DVD now.
    • In the Assets folder: bgwtext.psd, DJ.mov, gc_adobe_dj.mp3, kaleidoscope_waveforms.mov, pulsating_radial_waves.mov
    • In the Sample_Movie folder: Lesson01.mov
  2. Open and play the Lesson01.mov sample movie to see what you will create in this lesson. When you are done, quit QuickTime Player. You may delete this sample movie from your hard disk if you have limited storage space.
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