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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.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

  • 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 per day

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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 dialogue 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.

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

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  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
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