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Adobe After Effects CC : Introduction

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Two Day Course


This Adobe authorised two-day course is designed to allow those new to post production techniques to get the most from this immensely powerful software. Whether you are a motion graphics designer, a web designer, rich media artist or broadcast video editor, Adobe After Effects CC allows you to create stunning motion graphics and visual effects.

The emphasis throughout this introduction is on practical exercises. These exercises will cover incorporating video with Photoshop and Illustrator graphics, video layering techniques, using filters for special effects, working in 3D and rendering your final project. You will also look at different rendering techniques and ways to optimise the finished production for broadcast, HD or the web.

If you would like to run this as a private course tailored to your exact requirements, please call or email. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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    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.

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    From £499 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Day One

    Starting a project
    • Syncing settings in After Effects CC
    • The Composition window
    • Using the Project window
    • Working with layers over time
    • Animating layers independently
    • Designing backgrounds from scratch
    • Using Bezier motion paths
    • Applying effects to filters

    Importing footage
    • Importing layers from Photoshop
    • Using Alpha channels
    • Looping video footage
    • Drafting a project
    • Interpreting footage

    Working with layers
    • Different layer masking techniques
    • Creating animated Bezier mattes
    • Variable mask feathering
    • Trimming and moving layers
    • Modifying layer time properties
    • Working with Shape layers
    • Using Brainstorm to experiment and refine designs

    Working with text
    • Customising text presets
    • Animating text
    • Antialiased text
    • Using text layers

    Working with key frames
    • Animating graphical elements
    • The Auto Keyframe button
    • Precisely controlling animations
    • Synchronising actions

    Parent/child relationships
    • Working with the z-axis
    • Trimming layers

    Introduction to using mattes
    • Using colour keys
    • Using the Roto Brush tool to create animated mattes
    • Using the Refine Edge tool for clean edges
    • Making a quick selection
    • Using paths in After Effects
    • Using adjustment layers
    • Using the Keylight keyer
  • Day Two

    Compiling your project
    • Optimising project settings
    • Rendering the composition

    Filters and transitions
    • An in-depth look at After Effects filters including:
    - Levels
    - Creating drop shadows
    - Perspective filters
    • Using texturise
    • Setting mattes
    • Bevelling the Alpha channel
    • Bevelling edges of rectangular objects
    • The Unified Camera tool
    • Using the Comp window
    • Creating text effects
    • Animating text
    • An overview of working in 3D

    More about key frames
    • Further principles of key framing
    • Copying and pasting key frames
    • Key frame assistants
    • Time reverse key framing
    • Simultaneously editing multiple key frames

    Finalising your project
    • Using the pen tool to edit the value graph
    • Issues involved in interpolation methods
    • Precise control over velocity
    • Controlling speed of change
    • Nesting complex compositions
    • Mixing interpolation methods

    Linear and Bezier interpolation
    • Previewing in wire frame
    • Using light wireframes
    • Using audio effects
    • Importing a project from Premiere

    Final rendering
    • Using caches to speed up your work
    • Creating custom rendering templates
    • Setting field rendering order

    Saving your work for film, video, mobile devices and the web

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