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Adobe After Effects Advanced Course

Course Description

This course is aimed at existing After Effects users who need to take their video production to a higher level.

The class covers topics such as advanced Compositing, Keying Techniques, Particle Simulation, advanced Masking, Rotoscoping, Puppet Tools, advanced Color Correction and more.

Live face-to-face instructor. Classes taught by pros!

Students should have already completed our Fundamentals class or have the equivalent experience. Training available on both Mac and PC platforms.

View our full range of After Effects training courses, or see below for the detailed outline for After Effects Advanced.

2 Days | $895.00

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Detailed course outline

  • UNIT 1: Advanced Camera Workflows
    • Understanding AE Cameras vs Real-World
    • Real Cameras distort reality
    • Animating on a path
    • Creating Flythroughs
    • The Power of Camera Rigging
    • Classic Camera Moves
    • Working with Cameras and Lighting
    • Working with Shadows
    • Camera Power Linking
    • Setting up and working with scenes
  • UNIT 2: Advanced Compositing Techniques
    • Understanding A Over B
    • Pre-Rendering + other Techniques
    • Render Order + Priorities
    • Optimizing Project: Global vs Persistent Cache
    • Edges on Camera and the Real World
    • Masks and Modes Combinations
  • UNIT 3: Keying Techniques
    • Types of Keying for Pros
    • Procedural Mattes for the Lazy
    • Linear Keyers vs Hi-Con Mattes
    • Color Keying: Green, Blue other
    • Fine Tuning and Problem Solving
    • Understanding Keylight
    • Key Cleaner for Bad Keys
    • Strange Key Effects
    • Professional Multi-Pass Keys
    • 3rd Party Keying Suites you should know about
  • UNIT 4: Tracking + Effects Workflows
    • About Tracking
    • The problems with Tracking + Stabilization
    • Spot Tracking in After Effects
    • Mask Tracking in After Effects
    • Face Tracking and Effects Application
    • Understanding Mesh Tracking
    • Mocha AE Planar Tracking
    • Obstruction Tracking
    • 3D Camera Tracking
    • The Impossible Track
    • Stabilizing with Mocha AE
    • Tracking applications you should know about
  • UNIT 5: The Art of Rotoscoping
    • About rotoscoping
    • Classic rotoscoping workflows
    • Articulated Mattes
    • Refine Mattes: Feather, Tracked
    • Painting and Cloning
    • The Roto Brush: Boundaries, FineTuning/Refining and Freezing
    • The Life of a Roto Artist
    • Roto like a Jedi: Hot Core Effects
    • Cinemagraphing + Camera Work
    • Cinemagaphing + Photoshop + AE
  • UNIT 6: Working with Particle Effects
    • About Particles
    • The Different Particle Generators in After Effects
    • 3rd Party Particles Generators you should know about
    • Particle Playground
    • Animating Built-In Particles
    • Animating Custom Particles
    • Particles and Cloud Generation
    • Elemental Particle Techniques
    • Popular Particle Effects
  • UNIT 7: Color Correction + Stylization
    • Previewing your project on a 2nd monitor
    • Histograms and Channels
    • Adjusting color balance with levels
    • Adjusting color balance with Color Finesse 3
    • Color-correcting using Auto Levels
    • The Power of the Lumetri Color Panel
    • Color Correction Workflows
    • Legalizing Luma/Color for Broadcast (software based)
    • Color Workflows for Broadcast
    • Color Workflows for Social Media and Corporate Jobs
    • Cinematic Color Stylization
  • UNIT 8: Puppet Tools Distortions
    • About the Puppet tools
    • Adding Deform pins
    • Defining areas of overlap
    • Stiffening an area
    • Animating pin positions
    • Squash and stretch
    • Recording animation
    • Act it out with Adobe Character Animator
  • UNIT 9: Advanced Color Options
    • Understanding HDR (High Dynamic Range)
    • Linear HDR Compositing: Lifelike
    • Linear LDR Compositing: Color Management and LUTs
    • Theory into Practice
    • Quality and Direction of Light
  • UNIT 10: Mini Projects
    • Text Project: Star Wars Opening Titles
    • Energy Effects: Creating the Perfect Light Saber
    • Broadcast Ident 3D Animation Spot
    • Kinetic Type: Zombieland
    • Pyrotechnics: Working with Real and CG Fire (Heat Distortion, Firearms, Energy Effect II, Explosions
    • The Walking Dead Cinemagraphing Promo
    • Climate and Environment Effects
    • Camera Work: Mars Attacks
    • Camera Work: Flight of the Navigator
    • Cinematic Color: Sin City
    • Cinematic Color: 300
    • Cinematic Color: The Matrix
    • Cinematic Color: Video to Film
    • Cinematic Color: Retro Stylization
    • Footage Repair: Rolling Shutter Distortions
    • Footage Repair: Frame Rate Problems

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class. Bonus tracks are covered if time permits.



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