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Compositing Software

Applications that specialize in video compositing and special effects enable you to create motion graphics that until recently were possible only for big-budget movies. These applications use layers to composite various video elements into a single visual, and keyframes to modify element properties at certain points in a timeline, such as changing an element's position, size, or opacity. Two examples of popular software programs for motion graphics and effects are Adobe After Affects and Discreet Combustion.

Book Tip

We recommend two excellent books about motion graphics:

Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, Volumes 1 and 2.

Authors Trish and Chris Meyer guide you through the process and provide many pro examples.



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