Adobe After Effects CS6 for Windows (Download) is a full-featured, professional 2D & 3D digital effects and motion graphics program. This version of the venerable, highly regarded software introduces a 3D camera tracker and employs a global performance cache, which takes advantage of your computer's 64-bit architecture in order to super-charge the program's performance.
In terms of digital animation and compositing, there's little you can't do with After Effects CS6, and with OpenGL acceleration you can do it all with alacrity. Create title sequences & special effects for videos, and composite objects into scenes realistically. Track & rotoscope with mocha, the 2.5D planar-tracking program that now launches directly from within After Effects CS6. With 90 new or enhanced effects, After Effects CS6 continues to eliminate the need for many individual plug-ins, and even other standalone programs. Now integrated into After Effects, for instance, is the CycoreFX HD suite.
Other new features include variable mask feathering, plus the ability to convert Adobe Illustrator vector art into shape layers and to import Avid AAF and Final Cut Pro 7 files by using Pro Import AE. There's also a repair function that fixes the rolling-shutter artifacts that many CMOS imagers tend to introduce into footage. For the CS6 version, Adobe has both expanded After Effects and strengthened its performance with native support for 64-bit operating systems that allows the program to address all the RAM that your OS allows.
NEW FOR CS6
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 the 64-bit power in your computer's hardware.
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 & 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, using an improved version of technology originally introduced with Warp Stabilizer.
New & Updated Effects
Enhance your creativity with 90 new and updated built-in effects, including the complete 16- and 32-bit CycoreFX HD suite (included - English only).
Avid AAF & 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 (included - English only) directly within After Effects CS6.
Innovative Compositing & Animation Tools
Create high-impact communications by combining moving imagery, still images & graphics, text, and sound in 2D or 3D space and then animating virtually any aspect of each element.
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.
Unmatched Integration with Industry-Standard Adobe Applications
Enjoy a streamlined workflow with support for importing Adobe Photoshop images that include layer and vanishing point exchange data, as well as Adobe Illustrator graphics that scale crisply to any resolution.
Unlimited Creative Options
Manipulate moving and still images using hundreds of effects such as the Warp Stabilizer; combine effects to create Hollywood-caliber special effects.
Text & Vector Graphics Creation & Animation
Create text and vector graphics and extrude them into 3D, and then animate these elements to create visually innovative motion graphics.
Comprehensive Masking & Keying Tools
Isolate moving foreground elements from backgrounds quickly with the Roto Brush tool. Remove bluescreen and greenscreen backgrounds with Academy Award-winning Keylight (included - English only) from The Foundry.
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Minimum System Requirements
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor; 64-bit support required Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit) 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended) 3 GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices) Additional disk space for disk cache; 10 GB recommended 1280 x 900 display OpenGL 2.0-capable system Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features This software will not operate without activation. Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services. Phone activation is not available.
Adobe After Effects CS6 for Windows (Download) Review