Training Courses

Adobe After Effects CC : Advanced

  278 reviews

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 you with the skills to produce professional motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, the web and mobile devices. The course covers advanced keyframing techniques, using expressions, advanced 3D layers, cinema4D integration and gaining industry hints and tips from After Effects professionals. You should have attended the Intermediate Adobe After Effects course at Media Training or have an equivalent working knowledge.

What are the 5 things you will get out of the course?

• Have a professional/expert level of knowledge of After Effects
• Confidently complete complex tracking, masking and compositing
• Use expressions for problem solving and to extend After Effects capabilities
• Be able to integrate After Effects with 3D software
• Have a knowledge of advanced keyframe and animation techniques 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.


    Discount Info
  • 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

    Free Consultation

Course Outline

  • Day One

    Keyframing Techniques
    • In depth with keyframe interpolation
    • Better understanding of spatial vs. temporal
    • More advanced graph editor use to control keyframes
    • Creating “Overshoot” easily

    Time Remapping – Getting Better Control
    • “Blocking areas” with keyframes
    • Time remap within the graph editor – a better view
    • Frame blending – examining options
    • Time remap effects
    • Using expressions to control time flow

    Expressions in Detail
    • Most common expression problems
    • Creating simulations with simple maths
    • Linking properties in a more complex manner
    • Getting better control of the values
    • Using Variables
    • Dimensions – How many values?
    • The “Linear” expression
    • “Global” or “Local” controls
    • Creating complex expression set ups
    • Distance checks and averages
    • Making out own Depth based effects
    • Creating speed based effects
    • Using expressions with 3D layers
    • Solving 2D and 3D layer problems
    • The “toComp” expression – an essential tool

    Advanced Effect Usage
    • Procedural textures
    • Better use of simulation effects
    • Fixing effect problems using expressions
    • Logo disintegrations
    • Custom particle effects
    • Footage analysis – what to look for
    • Using effects to detect errors and compression
    • Simulating Camera “Aberrations” from real cameras
    • Chromatic aberration and Specular bloom

    3D Layers – Advanced Techniques
    • Creating a flexible camera set up
    • Better placement of layers in 3D space
    • Complex movement with the Orbit Null
    • 3D space problems – frames of reference
    • Creating an environment
    • Resolution issues
    • 3D or “Camera aware” effects
    • Particle systems in 3D
    • Advanced Layer placement – auto orientation to camera

    Questions and answers
  • Day Two

    Render “Order”
    Understanding how After Effects processes effects and layers
    Solving the most common composition problems
    Practical examples of render order problems and solutions

    Image Stabilisation's
    Understanding the Warp stabiliser effect
    Checking for perspective distortion

    3D Camera Tracking – 3D with Real Footage
    Understanding the track data
    Compositing layers into a real shot
    Depth and scale issues
    Effect usage in the 3D scene
    Correct depth resolution with “toComp”
    Creating a new background plate
    Using the camera track for compositing
    Using the track to help with Rotoscope areas
    Exporting the camera for Cinema 4D integration

    Creating a Procedural Custom Logo Animation Using Expressions
    Creating the logo in illustrator
    Import and setup
    Creating the expressions to “drive” the animation with no keyframes
    Random motion and rotation
    Refining the animation
    Building custom controls
    Effects and overlays
    Precomposing and then unfolding the 3D

    Cinema4D Integration
    Creating assets in Cinema 4D and usage
    “2.5D” vs “Real” 3D – understanding the difference
    Compositing 3D elements into a camera track shot

    Best practice in After Effects

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

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.

Comfort + Location
Reputation + Feedback

Our Clients

We've worked very hard over the last 20 years to grow our business through personal recommendations.

When you attend a course we ask you to tell us how it went. We use your feedback to help us improve our courses.

We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 18083 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed18083
  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

"Useful tasks - lots of new info learnt for topics relevant to me"

"Wolf was fantastic, thanks very much. Will definitely be back for more courses."

"I definitely learnt alot, very good time-saving techniques!"

"Wolf is incredible"

"Wolf was FANTASTIC, BRILLIANT VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE and has an amazing personality, would love to spend more time learning from him."

"Wolf was friendly, knowledgable, and the food and facilities were great!"


"Trainer was very knowledgeable about software and all different technical applications, easy to understand and follow along, great atmosphere!"

"Very knowledgeable trainer, good atmosphere, good information before the course."

"Lunch was on point - trainer was good :) "

"Really relevant examples, not too advanced or too much information. So the amount of new things was really easy to understand, not too overwhelming. "

"Good environment to learn!"

"Answering questions on the fly and adding the questions into the day during teaching"

"Really comprehensive and teaches you how to be creative with After Effects by showing you the weird and wonderful things that it can do!"

"Lovely healthy food!"

"Making guests feel comfortable and well looked after. Good choice in trainer for our advanced course."

"Very friendly and professional "

"Trainer knowledgeable "

"Everything was really good, thank you"

"Taking time and being patient with the class"

"Making the course enjoyable "

"The course was very well planned, and our trainer was very knowledgable, taking the time to explain everything in detail. He was always happy to answer questions and help at any time. Overall it was a very positive experience, where I learnt a lot. I would highly recommend the course and our trainer. "

"Easy to understand explanations, relevant tips from industry experience"

"The overall package was very good. Wolf was a great tranier, good pace and good level of humour. The set up of media training was great and would happily do another course. "

"you are great"

"All good!"

"Extremely knowledgable teacher demonstrating a clear, concise and digestable course. Dealing with MediaTraining was straight forward and easy - everyone is very friendly and approachable. "

"Pretty much everything . Also Wolf was fantastic. "

"Trainer was superb; lunch and refreshments excellent."

"Trainer was excellent"

"lots of great information "

"Great all round :)"

"Great teaching and helpful with answering extra questions at the end."

"Good pace at going through how to do things. Good that asked what you specifically wanted to know about. and tailored it to you. "

"Trainer seemed to genuinely enjoy the programme and that cam across during the whole course. Really enjoyed it"