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Adobe® After Effects® CS6 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen

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Chapter 2. The Timeline

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“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

—Albert Einstein

The Timeline panel is something like After Effects’ killer application within the overall program. More than any other feature, the Timeline panel extends the unique versatility of After Effects to a wide range of work, and differentiates it from less flexible node-based compositing applications. With the Timeline panel at the center of the compositing process, you can time elements and animations precisely while maintaining control of their appearance.

The Timeline panel is also a user-friendly part of the application that is full ...

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