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All the CC (Cycore) effects should install automatically during the CS4 installation. Are you using (or have you used in the past) a trial of CS4? They're not included with trial versions.
If not, try reinstalling AE.
Hi - I am using a trial version of AE CS4.
Can I get them elsewhere ?
You can download a Demo Version of Cycore FX HD from Cycore:
which will allow you to use the plugins for free, but they'll have a big green X in the frame until you buy them.
I managed to get the plug-ins.
When I 'play' the project to see the original in all its glory ;-)
It plays each frame very slowly and seems to take forever. Is this normal? I am thinking that once it has played each frame slowly and finished, each play after that will be in real-time?
No. As a compositing program, AE's focus is not on realtime playback. First and foremost all frames will be stored in RAM, where they can only be held as long as their is enough memory. After that, they will be kicked out and require to be re-calculated. There's however a way out of this dilemma: Enable the disk cahce in the preferences. It will allow you "realtime" playback by hitting the spacebar. frame-exact playback can only be guaranteed with RAM previews, but those will also build faster with frames cached on disk.
RAM Previews are rendered and played by using the numpad-0 key.
Thank-you for your answers. I will enable disk cache this evening and see how I get on. I presume there isn't a 'dummies' guide to AE but can you recommend a good website/book to help me learn AE and the basics first.
> I presume there isn't a 'dummies' guide to AE but can you
> recommend a good website/book to help me learn AE and the
> basics first.
Check out the items under the "Getting started" heading on the After Effects Community Help and Support page. That'll give you an introductory set of free video tutorials and a brief overview of the general After Effects workflow.
Once you've worked through those items, go to the bottom and sidebar of the After Effects Community Help and Support page and familiarize yourself with the resources available to you there.
I post a lot of links to additional resources on my blog, too.
After Effects Help on the Web is your friend. As is this forum.
You can find these links in the banner at the top of this forum, too.
[Edit: I just checked, and I don't like the order in which the videos are presented on the Adobe TV website. I recommend following the order that I outline in the "Video tutorials" section of After Effects Help. They're the same tutorials, but my order is more... uh... orderly.]
And a vote from me for Lynda.com tutorials. You can buy 1 month's access for less than the price of a book, and spend that month doing an enormous range of tutorials.
> And a vote from me for Lynda.com tutorials. You can buy
> 1 month's access for less than the price of a book, and
> spend that month doing an enormous range of tutorials.
Note that the "Getting started" tutorials that I mentioned above are from Lynda.com. They're just hosted on Adobe TV (CS4) and in the Adobe Video Workshop (CS3).
So, even if you want some Lynda.com stuff, first follow the links that I give and use up the free ones before you start the clock ticking on your Lynda.com subscription.
Good advice - thanks Todd! :-)
Yes ! many thanks to both for the info.
Thank you so much! I'll give this a go and let you know how it turns