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Adobe After Effects CC : Intermediate

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Two Day Course


This follow on Adobe authorised course is perfect for those with previous working knowledge or who have already sat our extremely popular After Effects Introduction course. You will learn the more in depth details of this dynamic software to be able to take your videos and motion graphics to the next level.

This two day course will teach you about the effects, keyframes, motion tracking, time changes, 3D layers, masking, matting and compositing. You should have attended the Introduction to 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?

• A more comprehensive understanding of After Effects
• How to use expressions to create animations easily
• Have a knowledge of more in-depth keyframe and animation techniques
• Understand layers, compositions, modes, masks and mattes in-depth
• Confidently use 3D layers, cameras and lights

If you would like to run this as a private course tailored to your exact requirements, please call or email.

You should have attended the Introduction to Adobe After Effects course at Media Training or have an equivalent working knowledge.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

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    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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    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

    Project Settings in Detail
    • Better workflow practices - structure
    • Workflow for replacing and organising your assets
    • Using Collect files for "Packaging"

    The Info Palette
    • Checking footage integrity
    • Checking the Alpha Channel
    • How Alpha Channels really work
    • Avoiding basic Alpha mistakes
    • Bit depth and colour spaces - 8,16 and 32 Bits per channel

    Exploring Effects in Detail
    • Using masks with effects - "compositing options"
    • Better colour correction
    • Combining effects with layers modes
    • Better effect combination with effect transfer modes
    • Some key under used effects
    • Distortions and Warps
    • Basic particle systems

    Keyframes in Detail
    • Keyframe Interpolation
    • Spatial and Temporal Interpolation
    • Controlling bezier path behaviour

    The Graph Editor
    • Two graphs in one - the Value and Velocity curves
    • Controlling Speed with the graph editor
    • Adjusting temporal Interpolation types for better control

    Masks in Detail
    • Tips for better mask control
    • Creating a basic Rotoscope
    • Rotoscoping - good and bad examples
    • Refining edges
    • Avoiding Rotoscoping where possible
    • Mask Tracking
    • Using Chroma keying to remove backgrounds

    Text Layers in Detail
    • Source text - a hidden gem
    • Creating counters - source text with an expression
    • Text animators in detail - advanced settings

    Motion Tracking
    • Following an object in a shot - basic position tracking
    • How the tracker works
    • Track settings for better results
    • Tracker options
  • Day Two

    Basic Expressions
    • Wiggling and looping - getting better control
    • Loop types
    • Duplicating Wiggles - why and how
    • Random "Seeds" - how they work and why it matters
    • Linking properties with the "Pickwhip"
    • Using Expression controls
    • Using Expressions to create animations easily
    • Creating automatic audio based animation

    Shape Layers in Detail
    • Adding more complex parameters to shape layers
    • Converting Vector files to shape layers for better control
    • Using Repeaters for shape generation and animation

    Time Changes
    • Time remapping
    • Using correct Frame Blending settings

    Render Settings in Detail
    • Alpha output - avoiding problems with pre-multiplication
    • File formats with greater bit depth
    • Better use of Media encoder
    • Compression settings - bit rates and how compressed files work

    3D Layers in Detail
    • Camera settings
    • Depth of field
    • 3D rendered choices
    • Geometry options for extrusion
    • Material options and reflections
    • Lights Settings in detail
    • Shadow problems solved
    • Animated Camera problems and solutions
    • Creating a Camera "Orbit Null"
    • Creating complex camera animation easily
    • The Collapse transformation button in 3D

    Using After Effects with Adobe Premiere
    • Dynamic link options
    • Examples of typical workflows

    The Link to Cinema 4D
    • Cinema 4D Lite - how to access it
    • Using Cinema 4D files within After Effects
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