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Adobe After Effects CC : Advanced

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Two Day Course


This two day advanced course will build on your existing After Effects skills and teach you to create visually groundbreaking special effects using professional post production techniques.

This Adobe authorised course will provide the skills produce professional motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, the web and mobile devices. The course covers advanced layer techniques, using expressions and masks, creating professional special fx, true 3D object animation, working with audio and gaining industry hints and tips from After Effects professionals. You should have attended the Introduction to Adobe After Effects course at Media Training or have an equivalent working knowledge.

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  • Public Courses

    Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.


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  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £499 + VAT

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Course Outline

  • Day One

    Overview of features
    • Native support for new codecs
    • Using Caches

    Advanced layer techniques
    • Using the Interpret Footage dialog effectively
    • Parent and child relationships
    • Using Null layers
    • Understanding the Anchor Point
    • Using different blending modes
    • Advanced text animation
    • Using the Puppet tool
    • 3D layers from Photoshop

    Working with compositions
    • The Composition Navigator
    • The Composition Mini-Flowchart
    • Nesting comps
    • Pre-rendering comps
    • Pre-composing layers
    • Importing Photoshop and Illustrator comps
    • Rendering order issues

    Using masks
    • Animating masks
    • Using stencils and silhouettes
    • Using RotoBezier masks
    • Auto-tracing alpha channels
    • Importing masks from Photoshop
    • Creating Track Mattes
    • Using Keylight for Bluescreen and Greenscreen mattes

    Generating professional special effects
    • Working with the Unified Camera tool
    • Motion tracking
    • Motion stabilisation
    • Getting the most from the Roto Brush tool
    • Refining a matte
    • Using the Difference Matte effectively
    • Using a Garbage Matte
    • Colour management tools
    • Colour correction and blending effects
    • The Colour Correction Vibrance effect

    Questions and answers
  • Day Two

    Working in 3D
    • True 3D object animation using Cinema 4D Lite
    • Building 3D objects
    • 3D text animations
    • 3D camera tracking
    • Using lights and cameras
    • Using Nulls to control layers
    • Using Ray Trace extrusions
    • Creating animated distortion warping and displacement effects
    • New material options

    Using Mocha to create tracking and corner pin data in After Effects
    • Using Mocha shape
    • Creating a Mocha mask

    Using expressions
    • Why expressions are useful
    • Creating expressions to slave other layers
    • Expressions vs Parent and Child
    • Transferring properties in equations

    Rendering comps
    • The different Codecs in Quicktime
    • Background rendering using AME
    • Understanding field order
    • Rendering using Alpha channels
    • Rendering to create a comp proxy

    Using sound in After Effects
    • Adding and previewing sound
    • Using sound markers to synchronise action

    Exporting from After Effects
    • Creating PDF video files
    • Easy output to multiple formats
    • Adding rendered footage to a project

    Best practice in After Effects

    Questions and answers
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We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed8205
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback

"Interesting course, good setting."

"Very imformative, gave great intuitive advice and overall was a great use of time and very engaging"

"Great teaching, great working space, great staff and catering! Brilliant!"

"Very well organised. Good trainer"

"Very happy with the trainer Wolf and what I have learnt. Thank you "

"Food. Learnt loads about expressions. Intense but good."

"Very welcoming team and Wolf was great. You can tell he is passionate about the software"

"The course was very good. Wolf really knew his stuff. He was able to answer all our questions and show us examples. "

"I had lots of fun and enjoyed learning new things about after effects. Wolf has definitely blown my mind in terms of solving after effects problems as well as offering a better and more efficient alternative. I would definitely love to come again, perhaps for a cinema4D.."

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"Welcoming, great knowledge, great food, great content. "

"friendly, professional!"

"Followed the course well the explanations were fantastic. Wolf is excellent - Haven't met anyone who knows their stuff like Wolf in a long time!"

"Tutor was brilliant, explained everything very well. Lunch and refreshments are very good. "

"Was very pleased with the entire experience. Highly recommend this course. Thank you!"

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"Food, environment, and kit."

"everything - I especially noticed staff members were extremely friendly (not that they were not last time... but something was different this time? I like it :) )."

"Jason was marvellous, very thorough and helped us learn quickly 10/10!"

"Everybody were really nice, food was great and location is perfect."

"good training, friendly people, not a too big group so we have the possibility to ask questions"

"Knowledge, Food ,Tutor all fantastic, will recommend. "

"Very informative course and a good sense of humor. "

"Wolf. Wolf is awesome. Extremely knowledgeable and helpful. You can tell that he is a professional educator because of the quality of the learning environment he creates. "

"It was nice having a small group, so that you could ask a lot of questions. The trainer was very good and answered every question we had, and modified the course to fill our needs."

"everything, it was a really enjoyable experience and id happily come again"

"Course was great, working environment was great. "

"This is probably the best training experience I have attended in a long time. From start to finish I have been very impressed."

"Wolf Winter's teaching approach is spot on. "

"Really great tips and techniques I am now able to do so much more than I thought I ever could! Really really great"

"Great presentation, office, location and knowledge"

"Explaining things at the right speed, answering our questions and giving real world examples !"

"I learnt so much, Jason is a really good teacher and I am going away feeling very inspired to do more after effects!"

"Small classroom environments, good use of breaks, having ample amount of tea and treats, good knowledgeable of teachers. "