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Adobe After Effects CC : Advanced

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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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.

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  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 Experience9.7 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

"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"

"I enjoyed everything although it's a beast of a course!"

"Neil is an excellent trainer. Very knowledgeable, friendly and genially keen for us all to learn as much as we can in an interesting and accessible way. I would certainly have him as a trainer again. Facilities also really good! Day broken up nicely. Bright clean modern environment with good lunch and relaxing atmosphere."

"Explanation was clear and easy to follow. Trainer was friendly and very helpful"

"I've been made to feel at home from the very moment I walked through the door. Neill was absolutely fantastic. Will be back soon!"

"Really comprehensive course. Loads of easy to understand examples. Great resource list to take away. Would highly recommend to everyone. Neil was a brilliant teacher, I feel really inspired to try it out now!"

"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!"

"Creating a nice atmosphere. Wolf is also amazing...really knowledgable. "

"Very welcoming, and started from scratch - perfect for beginners. Not patronising, but also did not assume anything. Was great - thanks so much!!"

"Comprehensive course - in depth knowledge"

"Making complicated software easy to understand "

"Good facilities, interesting course material, very useful and practical. "

"Environment, very welcoming, well organised. "

"Very well described and taught - great knowledge"

"as per my premiere course a few weeks ago, instructors are fantastic and so knowledgable. wolf was great!"

"Answering obscure questions. Very clear training. Wolf was brilliant."

"Wolf was great, really enjoyed it."

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

"Everything! I was very impressed with every aspect of the course and will definitely recommend."

"Explaining everything clearly, working through examples was very helpful. Take away tutorials were great"

"Making it relevant to everyone in the class. Very friendly environment"

"The teacher was very passionate about what he was teaching so he made the course easier to follow. The food was also good."

"Super friendly, patient and great at explaining the concepts throughout. "

"Great, hands on course, learnt so much! Trainer excellent!"

"Very clear and concise learning. Excellent lunch/refreshments."

"Making it interactive, being patient, and teaching me loads."

"Very thorough introduction to the software "

"really knowledgeable. even if you don't know something - teacher wasn't put out by it and was happy to help with something i should have known. "

"Trainer not only told us how stuff worked but also why - really useful"

"examples that were easy to follow, well informed trainer that walked through all the steps in a simple manor that was easy to follow"

"Keeping me engaged. The course was really interesting with relative examples. A great introduction to After Effects."

"Small class size nice, nice new macs. Handy to get useful websites at end of class."

"Wolf was highly knowledgable and very friendly and approachable. The class was an intensive two day opportunity to really get to grips with the basics of After Affects in a friendly and comfortable environment. "

"Great course! thank you"

"I really found the two days very informative. the trainer was very helpful and approachable. I will definitely recommend this course to others and will be coming back for more myself. "

"Entertaining and extremely knowledgeable - couldn't ask for a better combination!"

"Delivery was great, loved the theory behind it all. Staff were super friendly! Thanks!"

"I had a really great experience - learned a lot and felt like the course was very comprehensive. I feel like I have to top line knowledge to use After Effects that now only needs my own initiative and creativity to develop and to learn more from. I felt really inspired after the course - also quite overwhelmed with all the possibilities of the software. Wolf is an amazing teacher, not only has the knowledge but I felt very engaged throughout the whole lesson which is surprising for me personally as I can have a poor attention span. I enjoyed his cultural references to film/sound ect. that kept the lesson fun and interesting and felt like I learnt more than just animation. Thank you. Looking forward to the next course/s... want to go on them all."


"A really good well rounded introduction course, thank you ! "

"Catering, nice location, like the class sizes. "

"Trainer was really attentive and made sure we all completed tasks. It was easy to see how some of the techniques could apply to my work"

"Friendly and helpful. Relaxed set up, so comfortable to ask questions etc."

"Teaching me the course in an engaging, helpful way. Friendly, approachable teacher. Lunch was great - fantastic selection. Great environment and perfect sized classes. "

"well rounded"

"Overall very happy with the training and the tutor. I've had 2 very productive days and looking forward to using the new skills in action. "

"The training had a good balance of in-depth knowledge without being too taxing and the Media Training staff and lunch were as fantastic as always!"

"Course content and class size were optimal."