New Book Arrives

cs3 bookWriting a book is like having a baby in at least one specific way: no “bloody show,” but the birthing process itself can be such an ordeal that you almost forget what you end up with: a being with a life of its own to hold, adore and proudly show off. So imagine my surprise when a box showed up on my doorstep yesterday containing a hot-off-the presses copy of the latest edition of After Effects Studio Techniques.

(Disclaimer 1: this is not how either of my kids arrived.)

(Disclaimer 2: the book doesn’t breathe, cry or poop.)

Just like its author, this one appears more slender and fit than in years past, while inside it contains enhanced wisdom and insight (coverage of major new features relating to visual effects as well as new thoughts about bread-and-butter topics from previous editions of blog). As I explained in a previous post, higher printing costs for the same cover price gave me the challenge to rewrite the book with something like 20% added content in 16.5% fewer pages, while maintaining the same structure as previous editions. Stu’s chapter is now a forward (and a really lively one at that – I expect he’ll blog about this himself in the near future as soon as Robert Rodriguez gives him his laptop back).

The fantastic imagery on the cover originates from commercials produced by The Orphanage; hooray for advertisers, who, unlike the the big film studios, are evidently only too happy to see their images get this kind of new life. I’m pleased with a lot of the new imagery inside the book this time around, too; thanks again to those readers who offered contributions (they’re also thanked in the Introduction and throughout the book).

So remember, when your friends ask how to learn to create realistic visual effects with desktop software, tell them this is the only book that shows you how to do it with the world’s most popular video compositing application.

14 November 2007 | after effects, news | Comments

8 Responses to “New Book Arrives”

  1. 1 Corey Culp 14 November 2007 @ 6:51 pm

    Awesome, Mark! I’ve been on pre-order with Amazon. (Since they corrected the “hardcover” silliness.) I’m looking forward to digging into the good stuff!

  2. 2 roman 14 November 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    Hi, I own the AE7 version of your book and it´s great! What´s especially new in this version? I´m not sure about buying it, because I don´t want to have the same book twice just with different pictures. Maybe you can give me a short answer. Thank you!

  3. 3 mc 15 November 2007 @ 10:19 am

    Hi Roman,

    The biggest change in the book is around color management and working 32 bpc, because for vfx work, that’s the biggest change to the software itself with CS3.

    Many other parts of the book feature refinements/additions to previous thoughts/ideas/examples, but some chapters would seem pretty new (chapters 9 and 12, for instance) while others (particularly in section 1) are more concisely written versions of what came before.

    It’s not a complete rewrite. Speaking metaphorically, the structure of the book (its bones) is largely the same, and the actual content (the meat) is leaner and more muscular.

  4. 4 Corey 19 November 2007 @ 7:57 pm

    Did the book get delayed? Amazon shows the book due out today, but still show it as a pre-order.

  5. 5 Anthony Torres 20 November 2007 @ 10:48 am

    Congratulations and Thank You for keeping with the updates. I totally love your AE6.5, actually went page by page and checked it against the AE7 and noted changes and rewording into the margins of the AE6.5 book (copying is a great learning device). I’m not going to do that with this new edition- I’ll just take it whole cloth. Again, Thank You for sharing so much information over the years. You’re DV articles were always top. (Alice in blue screen was a bear to track down, though). Best, Anthony Torres

  6. 6 mc 20 November 2007 @ 4:13 pm

    Not that this helps, but I have a couple of boxes of them that arrived last week. Amazon may actually have them too, having listed the release date as yesterday…

  7. 7 mc 20 November 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    Wow, Anthony, you’re serious!?! That’s gratifying in an odd way – I find myself making painstaking editorial changes thinking no one will notice!


  8. 8 Kristin 20 November 2007 @ 5:50 pm

    Mark — adding my congratulations on the new book!

    I also pre-ordered at Amazon — currently they’re showing a ship date of 11/23.

    I’m thoroughly enjoying your class over at fxphd and learning a lot — found your blog due to your mention in class 5 — great stuff!