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Adobe After Effects CC : Introduction

Two Day Course

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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.

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

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

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"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."

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"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."


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