After Effects 7 Pro: Essentials

After Effects 7 Pro: Essentials

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Total Run Time: 14 hrs

These instructional videos hosted by Steve Holmes, an award-winning British designer and animator, are indispensable for learning the basics of the industry-standard tool for motion graphics and special effects design and production.

Highlights

  1. Take a grand tour of the project, clip, comp windows, palettes, timeline, and Graph Editor.
  2. Learn incredible ways to control keyframes, use parenting and time remapping, plus understand how to make the most of powerful masking and blending modes.
  3. Discover how to create striking motion graphics and animate text in amazing ways.

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With over 14 hours of indexed tutorials included in the After Effects 7 Pro: Essentials series, you will: learn incredible ways to control keyframes, use parenting and time remapping, understand and use powerful masking and blending modes, create mattes, and use adjustment layers to add complex, yet simple, impact to your animations.

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Course outline

Disc 1 – Interface, Footage & Animation Essentials

Chapter 1 – THE GRAND TOUR (38 min)

  1. Applying a Mask & Transforming the Properties
  2. Keyframing & Easy Ease
  3. Layer Effects & Motion Blur
  4. Animating & Organizing Layers in the Timeline
  5. Working with Video & Track Mattes
  6. Inserting & Animating a Text Layer
  7. Completing the Animation
Chapter 2 – THE PROJECT PANEL & WORKSPACES (24 min)

  1. Navigating the Interface
  2. Customizing, Saving & Loading Workspaces
  3. Using the New Maximize Feature
  4. Opening & Closing Windows & Projects
  5. Working within the Project Panel
  6. Organizing Files in the Project Panel
  7. Tips for Utilizing the Project Panel
  8. Adjusting the Working Color Space
Chapter 3 – THE NEW & POWERFUL COMP PANEL (59 min)

  1. Adjusting the Composition Settings
  2. Creating a Comp from Existing Footage
  3. Creating a Comp from Stills
  4. Working with Multiple Composition Viewers
  5. Using the Zoom & Scroll Tools
  6. Changing the Preview Size
  7. Splitting the Composition Viewer
  8. Changing the View Options
  9. Selecting Composited Layers
  10. Using the Snapshot Feature to Store Frames in Memory
  11. .e New Color Channel Viewing Options
  12. Adjusting the Viewer Resolution & Pixel Aspect Ratio
  13. Exploring the Flow Chart Option
Chapter 4 – THE TIMELINE & PREVIEWING (56 min)

  1. Importing Footage
  2. Fitting an Image into the Comp Window
  3. Snapping the Position of Layers in the Timeline
  4. Introducing the AV Panel in the Timeline
  5. Labeling, Selecting Label Color & Arranging Layers
  6. Renaming Layers in the Timeline
  7. Hiding Layers with the Shy Switch
  8. Using the Quality & Effects Switches
  9. Applying Motion Blur
  10. Zooming, Viewing Switches, Modes & Duration Columns
  11. Moving the Time Indicator & Applying Markers
  12. Positioning & Trimming Layers Using Markers
  13. Previewing Audio & Setting Up a RAM Preview
  14. Setting Up a Work Area & a Region of Interest
Chapter 5 – IMPORTING & ORGANIZING FOOTAGE (53 min)

  1. Using Adobe Bridge
  2. Importing Movies & Sequences with Bridge
  3. Interpreting Alpha Channels
  4. Importing Adobe Photoshop(R) Files
  5. Interpreting a Photoshop Sequence
  6. Using Edit Original & Importing Layer Effects
  7. Exploring Importable Layer Effects
  8. Creating a Photoshop File in After Effects
  9. Importing Adobe Illustrator(R) Files
  10. Using Placeholders & Proxies
  11. Proxies & the Render Queue
  12. Working with Camera Raw Files
  13. Using a Proxy with Camera Raw Files
Chapter 6 – VIDEO STANDARDS & THE CLIP PANEL (21 min)

  1. Composition Settings & Pixel Aspect Ratio
  2. Fixing Interlaced Video Issues
  3. Solving 3:2 Pulldown Issues
  4. Making Insert & Overlay Edits
  5. Working with Split Layers & Extracting a Work Area

Disc 2 – Masking, Mattes, Effects & Text Animation

Chapter 1 – PARENTING, NESTING & TIME REMAPPING (59 min)

  1. Setting Up the Car Speeding Along Comp
  2. Adding Wheels to the Car Comp & Rotating .em
  3. Introducing Parenting, the Pick Whip & Parenting to a Null
  4. Common Challenges with Parenting Elements Together
  5. Working with Nested Compositions
  6. Pre-Composing & Animating the Car
  7. Enabling Time-Remapping vs. Time-Reverse Layer
  8. Time-Remapping, Frame Blending & Time-Reverse Keyframes
  9. Easing Keyframes & Time-Remapping Audio
  10. Using the Graph Editor to Time-Remap Slow Motion Footage
  11. Sequencing Layers & Time-Remapping a Nested Comp
  12. Easing In & Adjusting the Speed in the Graph Editor
Chapter 2 – INCREDIBLY COOL MASKING (60 min)

  1. Introducing the Masking Tools
  2. Animating a Mask to Reveal Text
  3. Using Guides & Feathering Masks
  4. Adding & Subtracting Masks
  5. Creating a Circular Mask
  6. Adjusting Masks on Photoshop® Files
  7. Pasting In Masks from Illustrator®
  8. Correcting & Controlling Mask Interaction
  9. Time-Reversing Keyframes
  10. Creating a Morph Target in Illustrator
Chapter 3 – INTRODUCTION TO EFFECTS & PRESETS (32 min)

  1. .e Snow Effect
  2. .e Fast Blur Effect
  3. Creating & Saving Animation Presets
  4. Using Fast Blur to Change the Depth of Field
  5. Using the Color Emboss & Snow Effects
  6. Creating a Chrome Reflection in a Pre-Comp
  7. Changing the Blend Mode & Sharing Presets
Chapter 4 – MATTES & LAYER BLENDING MODES (45 min)

  1. Using Layers as Mattes for Other Layers
  2. Using the Luminance of a Grayscale Image for Transparency
  3. Creating & Pre-Composing an Animated Matte
  4. Manipulating Transparency with Layer Blending Modes
  5. Using RGB Channels for Convincing Mattes
  6. Transitioning between Comps with a Stencil Alpha Matte
Chapter 5 – TRACK MATTES, ADJUSTMENT LAYERS & EFFECTS (53 min)

  1. Applying a Luma Track Matte
  2. Duplicating a Layer & Replacing It with a Matte
  3. Looping Multiple Layers Using Apply Interpretation
  4. Introducing Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
  5. Using Adjustment Layers to Blur & Colorize
  6. Using Layer Blending Modes
  7. Bringing in Illustrator Files to Use for the Title
  8. Creating a Custom Luma Matte
  9. Creating a Custom Adjustment Layer
  10. Animating a Mask on an Adjustment Layer & Adding a Blur
  11. Animating a Blur & Adjusting Transparency
  12. Adjusting the Timing of an Animation
  13. Pre-Composing Layers into a Nested Composition
Chapter 6 – CREATING & FORMATTING TYPE (43 min)

  1. Text Effects, Panels & Workspaces
  2. Creating a Type Layer
  3. Selecting, Aligning & Building Type Layers
  4. Populating & Scaling Type Layers
  5. Formatting Text with the Character Panel
  6. Changing the Stroke, Fill, Height & Width
  7. Adjusting the Tracking, Leading & Kerning
  8. Baseline Shift & Other Character Properties
  9. Using the Paragraph Panel
  10. Paragraph Panel Fly-Out Menu Options
Chapter 7 – BASIC TEXT ANIMATION & PRESETS (73 min)

  1. Introducing the Basic Text Animation Presets
  2. Applying Text Animation Presets to Animate In & Out
  3. Animating Text Properties: Scale & Inter-Character Blending
  4. Adjusting Rotation, Anchor Point Grouping & Alignment
  5. Animating the Tracking & Adjusting the Line Anchor
  6. Positioning & Animating Text on a Closed Path
  7. Animating Text on an Open Path
  8. Animating Text on a Spiral Path
  9. Animating a Paragraph on a Path
  10. Introducing Wiggler & the Wiggly Selector
  11. Adjusting the Wiggly Selector Options
  12. Taking a Closer Look at the Wiggler
  13. Adjusting Correlation & the Temporal & Spatial Phases
  14. Setting Up for Temporal & Spatial Phase Animation
  15. Animating a Bullet-Time “Matrix”-Style Effect
  16. Saving an Animation as a Preset
Chapter 8 – OUTPUT & EXPORT (32 min)

  1. Exporting a Flash™ Movie for the Web
  2. Previewing in a Browser & Changing Frame Rate
  3. Saving a RAM Preview & Exporting Multiple Movies
  4. Changing the Render Settings
  5. Changing the Output Module Settings
  6. Adding Multiple Output Modules
Chapter 9 – PREFERENCES (29 min)

  1. Looking at General Preferences
  2. Setting Preferences for Nested Comps
  3. Setting Preferences for Layers & Colors
  4. Setting Preview Preferences
  5. Setting Display Preferences
  6. Setting Import & Output Preferences
  7. Setting Up Grids, Guides & Labels
  8. Memory, Cache & Video Preview Prefs
  9. User Interface Colors & Auto-Save Prefs

Presenter Info

Steve HolmesSteve Holmes is the creative director of the award-winning Energi Design, in San Francisco, California. With a history rich in design and typography for motion, broadcast and web design, Steve’s experience and the Energi portfolio are highly regarded in the design industry both in Europe and the US.

For over a decade, he has spoken at major design and animation conferences worldwide, and has a long-standing history as one of Total Training’s top presenters, sharing his knowledge of After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop with the world.