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Adobe After Effects Bootcamp Course

Course Description

Our most popular After Effects class. Taking you from beginner to advanced user in 5 days.

The class consists of 19 hands-on units. Our instructor will lead you step-by-step through each project, teaching the correct workflow, how to master each tool and show you useful shortcuts to speed up your production. You will leave the course fully competent and able to use After Effects in professional video environment.

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

No prior experience of After Effects is needed. Training available on both Mac and PC.

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

5 Days | $1845.00

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Detailed course outline

  • Getting to Know After Effects
    • The Role of After Effects in Adobe CC
    • What After Effects Can Do
    • Misconceptions about After Effects
    • The role of After Effects in Broadcast
    • The role of After Effects in Social Media
    • The role of After Effects in Feature Films
    • The role of After Effects in Corporate America
    • Understanding Raster vs Vector applications
    • The Power of Creative Cloud
    • Understanding your subscription and how to get the most from it
    • How After Effects works with files
    • Organizing your projects outside After Effects
    • Before opening After Effects tips
  • UNIT 1: After Effects Basics
    • Opening After Effects o Creating new projects
    • Understanding and working with the interface
    • Customizing After Effects
    • Working in the Project Window
    • The multiple ways to import footage
    • Organizing footage in the Project Window
    • Creating and understanding Compositions
    • Working with Layers: The Art of Compositing
    • Layer Types o Transform animations in the composition
    • Adding simple effects and modifying layer properties
    • Simple timing adjustments o About timecode and duration
    • About the Timeline panel
    • Previewing your work
    • Optimizing performance in After Effects
    • Basic Rendering and exporting your composition
  • UNIT 2: Working with Masks
    • Masks, Mattes and Alpha Channels, Oh My!
    • Creating a mask with the Pen tool
    • Creating masks with shape tools
    • Editing a mask
    • About mask modes
    • Creating a Bezier mask
    • Feathering the edges of a mask
    • Replacing the content of the mask
    • Zooming and panning by touch
    • Adding a reflection
    • Creating a vignette
    • Adjusting the timing
    • Tips for creating masks
    • Trimming the work area
  • UNIT 3: Animating Simple 2D Text
    • About text layers
    • Installing a font using Typekit
    • Creating and formatting point text
    • Creating and formatting area text
    • Using a text animation presets
    • Animating with scale keyframes
    • Animating using parenting
    • About parent and child layers
    • Animating imported Photoshop text
    • Animating type tracking
    • Animating text opacity
    • Using a text animator group
    • About text animator groups
    • Animating a layer’s position
    • Timing layer animations
    • Working with motion blur
  • UNIT 4: After Effects Dynamic Workflows
    • Packaging and prepping Illustrator files
    • Working with imported Illustrator layers
    • Packaging and prepping Photoshop files
    • Working with imported Photoshop layers
    • Migrating After Effects content
    • The Premiere + After Effects relationship
  • UNIT 5: Working with Shape Layers
    • Adding a shape layer
    • Creating custom shapes
    • Duplicating shapes
    • Basic Shape Animations
    • Advance Pro Shape Animations
    • Logo and Texts Effects using Shape Layers
  • UNIT 6: Introduction to Real-World Motion Graphics
    • Animation Physics Fundamentals
    • 2D Motions Graphics Workflows
    • The crazy world of Keyframe Interpolation
    • Working the Graph Editor
    • Classic Title Transition Animations
    • Understanding Kinetic Type
    • An introduction to simple Expressions: Looping, Conditionals and Randoms
    • Bouncing, Slamming, Swinging, Exploding
    • Audio powered animations
    • Setting up a scene and design strategy
  • UNIT 7: Motion Graphics for Broadcast and Social Media
    • Animation Aesthetics
    • Title / Action Safe Guides
    • Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
    • About track mattes and traveling mattes
    • Designing & Animation Lower Thirds
    • Designing & Animation Logos
    • Title Open Animations
    • Animating beginning and ending credits
    • Working with Instagram
    • Working with YouTube (Title/End Cards/other)
    • YouTube: Interactive End Card Animations
    • Working with Facebook
    • Working with Snapchat
    • Adobe Media Encoder Publishing to Socials
    • Adobe Creative Cloud Mobile: Android, iOS
  • UNIT 8: Advanced Motion Graphics
    • 2D Objects in 3D Space
    • Working with Lighting and Shadow
    • Understanding 3D in After Effects
    • Ray-Tracing vs Cinema 4D Modes
    • Creating 3D text o Using 3D views
    • Importing a background
    • Environment Layers
    • Adding 3D lights o Adding a camera
    • Static Shadow Catchers
    • Extruding text in After Effects
    • Accurate Motion Blur + 3rd Party Mentions
    • Bonus: Working with Cinema 4D Lite
    • Warp Stabilizer VFX
  • UNIT 9: Advanced After Effects Exports
    • After Effects vs Media Encoder Exports
    • Wrappers vs Codecs
    • Lossless vs Lossy file formats
    • Mezzanine Codecs for Advanced Work
    • File formats for Visual Effects
    • File conversions for Raw Files
    • Working with Raw Video + Re-Indexing Color
    • Working with and applying LUT files
    • Media Encoder In-depth Studies
    • Tagging for Virtual Reality
    • Batching HFR Footage
    • Exporting: Social Media (Youtube, etc)
    • Exporting: Client Previews
    • Exporting: Offline and Online Editorial
  • UNIT 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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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