After Effects 7 Pro: Broadcast Design Secrets

After Effects 7 Pro: Broadcast Design Secrets


Total Run Time: 7 hrs
Discover real strategies of broadcast design and how to think like a broadcaster with host Dean Velez, an Emmy award-winning broadcast designer.


  1. Find out how to create sophisticated backgrounds from simple source elements.
  2. Learn how to generate beautiful and unusual particle effects with unexpected tools.
  3. Walkthrough a complete workflow employing real-world broadcast design projects.

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In this After Effects 7 Pro: Broadcast Design Secrets training series, an advanced approach to common features enables you to create extraordinary and inventive results from simple source materials, with minimum time and effort.

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Course outline

Disc 1 – News Bumper

Prologue: Creating a Style Page (20:23 min)

  1. Creating a Background in Adobe Photoshop®
  2. Adding Text to Enhance Background Texture
  3. Creating a Broadcast Style Logo
  4. Adding Color & 3D Effects
Chapter 1: BACKGROUND & FOREGROUND (26:42 min)

  1. Creating a Cloud Effect Using Fractal Noise
  2. Distorting the Clouds
  3. Adding Lightning Flashes to the Clouds
  4. Creating a Rain Effect
  5. Using Advanced Lighting
  6. Creating a Foreground Layer
  7. Adding Vector Blur to the Foreground
  8. Rendering the Compositions
Chapter 2: STORM TRACKER LOGO (35:53 min)

  1. Setting Up Text for the Storm Tracker Logo
  2. Scale Text, Graph Editor & Grouping Alignment
  3. Animating the Tracking Amount
  4. Using Masks & Precomposing
  5. Using the Fast Blur Effect
  6. Creating a Null Object
  7. Adding an Adjustment Layer & the Ramp Effect
  8. Using the Directional Blur Effect
  9. Using the Levels Effect
  10. Using the Simple Choker Effect
  11. Setting Up the Logo to Render
Chapter 3: GLOW TRANSITION (24:20 min)

  1. Applying Choke Matte & Fractal Noise Effects
  2. Applying Radial Fast Blur & Vector Blur
  3. Adding Text to the 7 Logo
  4. Creating a Path for Text Animation
  5. Adjusting Position, Scale & Rotation of Text
  6. Applying Force Motion Blur & Other Blurs
  7. Duplicating Properties & Creating a New Path
Chapter 4: ASSEMBLING STORM TRACKER (21:26 min)

  1. Starting a Composition & Adding Radio Waves
  2. Animating Background Text
  3. Creating & Using a Null Object
  4. Layering Animations to Create Realistic Effects
  5. Tweaking Effects to Interact with Animation

Disc 2 – Opening Title Sequence

Chapter 5: WEAVING A WEB (27:59 min)

  1. Creating a Spiderweb in Photoshop
  2. Adding Texture & Depth to the Spiderweb
  3. Duplicating & Offsetting Layers for a 3D Effect
  4. Using a Null Object to Control the Web Layers
  5. Adding Depth & Shadows to the Web Layers
  6. Adding a Camera to Create Depth of Field
  7. Using a Median Effect to Blur
  8. Creating a Lighting Effect Using Glow
Chapter 6: ANIMATING A STROKE (18:24 min)

  1. Setting Up a Stroke
  2. Applying Fast Blur & Time Stretch to a Stroke
  3. Using the Echo Effect
  4. Applying Glow Effect to the Animated Stroke
  5. Using the Stroke as a Background Animation
Chapter 7: SPIDER WALKING (19:56 min)

  1. Animating the Head, Body & Rear of the Spider
  2. Animating the Spider’s Front Leg
  3. Animating the Spider’s Back Leg
  4. Duplicating Layers to Make All Eight Legs
  5. Softening the Look of the Spider
Chapter 8: WEB OF DECEIT LOGO (19:06 min)

  1. Duplicating & Blending Layers
  2. Animating Text with Effects
  3. Adding an Adjustment Layer to Adjust Levels
  4. Importing the Spider Walking Movie
  5. Using Linear Wipe to Animate Web Line
Chapter 9 – ASSEMBLING THE WEB OF DECEIT (15:43 min)

  1. Compositing the Title Sequence
  2. Animating the Tracking of the Text
  3. Using a Simple Choker as a Wipe Transition
  4. Duplicating the Effects for the Second Name
  5. Adding Our Logo & Finishing Touches

Disc 3 – Corporate identity Piece

Chapter 10: TECHNO TUNNEL BACKGROUND (23:44 min)

  1. Adding Side-to-Side Motion to 10 Shapes
  2. Applying the CC Cylinder Effect
  3. Adding Rotation to the Tunnel
  4. Moving through the Tunnel with a Camera Layer
  5. Duplicating & Offsetting Layers
  6. Adding Rotating Man File & Fast Blur Effects
  7. Colorizing, Transfer Modes & Bit Depth
Chapter 11: FUTURISTIC BACKGROUND (22:33 min)

  1. Exploring the Shape Layers in Photoshop
  2. Adjusting Scale, Opacity & Rotation of Layers
  3. Changing the Y Rotation & Adjusting the Timing
  4. Precomposing Layers & Adjusting Time Stretch
  5. Setting Scale & Rotation of the Shapes Layers
  6. Changing the Transfer Modes of the Layers
  7. Changing Layer Alignment to Fix the Animation
Chapter 12: MOSAIC MAN ELEMENTS (11:19 min)

  1. Animating Wireframe Man, Mosaic & Invert
  2. Using Algorithms & Encoders with Text
Chapter 13- 3D GUY (19:10 min)

  1. Starting the Comp & Adding the Toner Effect
  2. Applying a Mask
  3. Creating a Circular Track Matte
  4. Applying Tint, Simple Choker & Levels Effects
  5. Working with Multiple Masks
  6. Using Animation to Hide Masks & Mattes
  7. Tweaking the Animation & Rendering
Chapter 14: EDWARD BIOGENICS LOGO (EBG LOGO) (13:28 min)

  1. Adjusting Anchor Point to Animate Text
  2. Creating Lines from a Solid & Animating Them
  3. Applying the Card Dance Effect to the Logo
  4. Applying CC Force Motion Blur to the Logo
  5. Using Card Dance to Create the Logo Background
Chapter 15: ASSEMBLING EBG OPEN (35:21 min)

  1. Combining Animations with a Difference Matte
  2. Framing a Comp with Masks & Other Effects
  3. Adding Feathers & Overlays to a Composite
  4. Enhancing Animation Using Solids
  5. Affecting & Animating Text Properties
  6. Assembling the Final Comp
  7. Creatively Transitioning Between Scenes

Presenter Info

Dean VelezDean Velez has been working in the broadcast graphics industry for over 10 years and training professional artists for over 7 years. He has received 2 Emmy Awards, 7 Emmy Award nominations, worked for 2 network stations, 21 local news stations, and teaches college level Motion Graphics courses.

The majority of his broadcast career was spent with Gannett Broadcasting. He was the Corporate Creative Director of Broadcast working with 21 television stations to create full broadcast packages for news, sports, programming and commercials.

His client list includes ABC, NBC, CBS, UPN, The Tampa Bay Devil Rays, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Atlanta Braves, The Atlanta Falcons, The Washington Redskins, Toyota, Cartoon Network, The Georgia Aquarium, Univision Network, and FOX News Channel.

While at Gannett Broadcasting Dean was responsible for training and evaluating the Motion Graphics departments of the individual stations. He became an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop, creating his own advanced courseware materials. Dean spread his information throughout the Motion Graphics industry and educational community through his well-known forum, The Anvel.

In 2005, Dean joined Adobe Systems, Inc. as a Digital Video Collection Applications Engineer and was responsible for creating the background, synthetics and templates that are contained in Adobe After Effects 7.