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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

  • INTRODUCTION: Real-World Usage of After Effects
    • What is After Effects?
    • Cloud complete versus standalone plans
    • What type of media can it create?
    • What kind of media can be imported into After Effects?
    • Components of an After Effects file
    • After Effects workflow: Best practices
    • Media deployment file format roundup
    • What determines a project's resolution?
    • What determines a project's frame rate?
    • What are best practices regarding graphical and audio assets?
    • What technical specifications must be met?
  • UNIT 1: Setting Up an After Effects Project
    • About RAM and real-time rendering
    • Understanding linked media, and reloading clips
    • Setting Preferences and Project Settings
    • Creating a project and importing footage
    • Creating a Composition and arranging layers
    • Adding effects and modifying layer properties
    • Animating a Composition
    • Working with the Time Controls Panel
    • Working with Switches and Modes in the Timeline
    • Creating rendering presets, and rendering a Composition
    • Customizing the After Effects Workspace
  • UNIT 2: Basic Animation With Effects and Presets
    • Working with imported Illustrator layers
    • Creating text
    • Applying text animation presets
    • Applying effects to layers
    • Previewing effects
    • Nesting and pre-composing
    • Adding transparency
  • UNIT 3: Animating Text
    • Title design: Adding text layers
    • Creating and formatting text
    • Using text animation presets
    • Animating with keyframes
    • Keyframe interpolation basics
    • Animating using parenting
    • Converting imported Photoshop text
    • Animating text using a path animation preset
    • Animating type tracking
    • Animating text opacity
    • Using a text animator group
    • Converting path points to positional keyframes
    • Auto-orienting a layer along a motion path
    • Adding motion blur
    • Rendering a Composition
  • UNIT 4: Animating Shapes
    • Differences between shape and mask layers
    • Adding a shape layer
    • Creating and animating shapes
    • Using Repeaters
    • Incorporating video and audio layers
    • Applying a Cartoon effect
    • Adding a title bar
    • Rendering a Composition using the AME
  • UNIT 5: Working with Masks
    • Understanding alpha channels, masks, mattes, and keying
    • Importing masks from Photoshop
    • Animating masks
    • Exploring keyframe interpolation with the Graph Editor
    • Creating Animation Presets
    • Creating and editing masks in After Effects
    • Feathering the edges of a mask
    • Using the Mask Feather Tool
    • Applying blend modes
    • Creating a vignette
    • Color correction basics
  • UNIT 6: Working in 3D
    • Manipulating 2D text and objects in 3D space
    • Creating and shading extruded 3D text
    • Animating 3D text
    • Multiple scene views
    • Applying lights to 3D layers
    • Shading and shadowing layers
    • Animating light and materials properties
    • Third-party 3D plug-ins
  • UNIT 7: Rendering and Exporting
    • Testing for final Renders and Exports
    • Understanding video and audio compression
    • Rendering in After Effects' Render Queue
    • Rendering in the Adobe Media Encoder
    • Creating Render templates
    • Rendering and Exporting to a variety of media types:
      • High-resolution recompositing
      • DVD-V
      • Youtube and Web video
      • Mobile devices
  • UNIT 8: 3D - Advanced Concepts
    • Switching camera perspectives
    • Working with multiple views
    • Adding and animating lights
    • Adding and animating cameras
    • Interpolating camera motion
    • Cutting between multiple cameras
  • UNIT 9: Advanced Masking
    • Adapting complex masks
    • Positioning and scaling complex mask elements
    • Feathering complex masks
    • Animating complex masks
    • Rotoscoping with the Roto Brush Tool
    • Creating and refining Roto Brush segmentation boundaries
    • Freezing and unfreezing Roto Brush segments
  • UNIT 10: Color Keying
    • Understanding blue and green screen keys
    • Refining mattes and masks
    • Using the Keylight effect
    • Using the standard Color Key effect
  • UNIT 11: Painting and Cloning
    • Understanding the Paint tools
    • Modifying and saving custom Brushes
    • Creating Brush strokes
    • Rotoscoping with brush strokes
    • Animating with the Eraser tool
    • Duplicating video with the Clone tool
  • UNIT 12: Puppet Tool Distortion
    • About the Puppet Tools
    • Adding Deform pins
    • Stiffening with the Starch Tool
    • Animating pin positions
  • UNIT 13: Time-warp Simulations
    • Using the Timewarp effect to retime video
    • Establishing keyframes to control speed
    • Using the Graph Editor to adjust fast, slow, and reverse motion
  • UNIT 14: Warp Stabilization and Motion Tracking
    • Using the Warp Stabilizer VFX feature
    • Customizing Warp Stabilizer VFX settings
    • Using the Track Motion panel
    • Applying single-point motion tracking
    • Working with track points
    • Applying multipoint tracking
    • Creating motion tracking by applying Mocha planar data
  • UNIT 15: Particle Simulations
    • Applying Particle Simulation effects
    • Adjusting birth rate, longevity, and other effect properties
    • Adding additional effects
    • Compositing Particle Simulations
  • UNIT 16: Color Correction and Cleanup
    • Adjusting color balance
    • Replacing a background
    • Using the Clone Tool to remove unwanted elements
    • Correcting a color range
    • Warming colors with the Photo Filter effect
  • UNIT 17: After Effects and Premiere Pro
    • Working with Adobe Dynamic Link
    • Integrating Premiere Pro projects into After Effects Compositions
    • Integrating After Effects titles into a Premiere Pro Sequence
    • Editing After Effects Text Title Templates form within Premiere Pro
  • UNIT 18: Expressions
    • Writing Expressions
    • Pick Whip Expressions
  • UNIT 19: 3D Camera Tracking
    • Tracking footage
    • Creating text and shadows
    • Adding ambient light
    • Locking layers to planes with null objects
    • Adjusting Camera depth of field

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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