Adobe AfterEffects


Adobe® Aftereffects delivers a comprehensive set of tools to efficiently produce motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia, and the Web. You can explore unlimited creative possibilities with precise control while working in a 2D or 3D environment. Environments: integration with Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator to produce professional results.


This course requires a basic understanding of computers, such as using pointer and input devices.


People of interest in producing advanced video graphical effects and animations. This Adobe AfterEffects training course will appeal to those who are interested in developing their skills in the field of multimedia, video and presentation graphics.

What are the benefits of attending this Adobe AfterEffects training course?

Adobe AfterEffects is recognised as the essential tool for motion graphics and visual effects. It offers a fast, flexible, affordable 2D and 3D compositing and animation toolset to help you develop your creative ideas with speed and control, and deliver high-quality results for film, video, multimedia, or the Web.

This Adobe AfterEffects training course will introduce you to Adobe AfterEffects so that you will develop a full understanding of high resolution multilayer compositing, animation and visual effects. The footage you create in Adobe AfterEffects will be suitable for digital output to film, videotape, CD-ROM and the Web.

This course will appeal to those who are interested in developing their skills in the field of multimedia, video and presentation graphics.

What you will learn:
Course Outline

· Setting preferences

· Setting up a project and planning ahead

· Overview of all the windows

· Creating compositions

· File formats:

o Photoshop

o Illustrator

o Premiere

o Quicktime integration

o Importing and using images from Photoshop (including layers and alpha channels)

o Importing and interpreting video clips

o Importing external files as compositions

o Creating and animating text

o Mixing footage from different sources

o Understanding adjustment layers

o Working with vector versus bitmap images

o Layer transfer modes and Track mattes

o Types of keyframes and their uses

o Fine-tuning animations by manually and numerically altering keyframe parameters

o Controlling speed, acceleration and deceleration along a motion path

o Pre-composing; nesting compositions to create complex animations

o Understanding rendering order - how AfterEffects thinks

o Understanding and applying filters and effects

o Animating masks - rotoscoping

o Using slow motion and variable speed during a clip

o Chromakeying

o Working with sound

o Keyboard shortcuts

o Safe zones, frame rates and compression

o Export and output options

o Rendering the final output (for output to video, for CD playback and for webplayback)

o Working with DV/Mini DV

o Use of rendering templates and efficient use of


o Organising large projects

o Working with layers in time and space

o Understanding layer properties

o Understanding keyframes

o Animating layer properties over time

o Animation on Bézier motion paths

o The RAM playback engine and its parameters

o Previewing your work

o Using the tools in the tool palette

o Understanding layer masking

o Multiple masks and their parameters

o Using markers

· 3D compositing:

o Manipulating layers in 3D space

o Animating lights and cameras

o Parenting - animating layers hierarchically and synchronising their motion

o Vector paint tools - painting nondestructively on layers over time

o Expressions - creating live relationships between layer properties

· New visual effects:

o Shatter

o Radio Waves

o Vegas

o Fractal Noise, etc

· Enhanced masking:

o Drawing masks in the comp window

o Adding motion blur to masks

· Enhanced productivity features:

o Improved interactivity

o Enhanced RAM Previews

o Tighter integration with Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere

o Output to Macromedia Flash (SWF) - creating animations for Web sites

o 16-bit per channel colour support - using high-fidelity colour support for film and HDTV

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