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After Effects CS4 Essential Training

with Chad Perkins

Video: Welcome

How to gather video, audio, and graphical source materials into layered compositions, and make edits and adjustments.
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  1. 7m 33s
    1. Welcome
    2. What does this title cover?
      1m 7s
    3. Using After Effects with other applications
      2m 20s
    4. The importance of reference material
      1m 32s
    5. Using the example files
      1m 12s
    6. A note about the art
  2. 23m 51s
    1. Overview of the After Effects workflow
      3m 46s
    2. Setting up a project
      3m 15s
    3. Creating graphic elements from shape presets
      3m 16s
    4. Creating animated text
      4m 22s
    5. Animating a star
      2m 48s
    6. Adding effects
      6m 24s
  3. 28m 59s
    1. Understanding the interface
      5m 1s
    2. Saving the interface layout
      2m 45s
    3. Understanding how After Effects projects work
      3m 36s
    4. Importing files
      2m 58s
    5. Browsing and importing with Bridge
      4m 49s
    6. Importing images with transparency
      3m 6s
    7. Using image sequences instead of video
      3m 38s
    8. Organizing and searching in the Project panel
      3m 6s
  4. 28m 54s
    1. What is a composition?
      3m 30s
    2. Adding imported items to compositions
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding how layers work
      3m 16s
    4. Managing multiple layers
      5m 42s
    5. Blending layers together
      2m 54s
    6. Aligning and distributing multiple objects
      2m 49s
    7. Using layer and comp markers
      3m 59s
    8. Creating layers from scratch in After Effects
      3m 57s
  5. 47m 34s
    1. Animating properties
      6m 54s
    2. Animating the wizard's face with Position
      8m 18s
    3. Previewing animations and portions thereof
      3m 32s
    4. Adjusting the anchor point of the knight's arm
      3m 24s
    5. Rotating the knight's arm
      4m 11s
    6. Adjusting animations by moving keyframes
      2m 1s
    7. Duplicating motions by copying keyframes
      2m 23s
    8. Using the Puppet tool to animate the dragon
      6m 1s
    9. Animating magical attacks with Scale
      3m 53s
    10. Creating pauses in animation
      4m 49s
    11. My favorite animation-related shortcuts
      2m 8s
  6. 25m 51s
    1. Understanding timecode
      1m 29s
    2. Learning important video concepts
      4m 41s
    3. Trimming or editing layers
      3m 56s
    4. Trimming video before adding it to a comp
      2m 40s
    5. Replacing edited footage
      2m 1s
    6. Applying video transitions between clips
      3m 1s
    7. Splitting layers of B-roll footage
      2m 17s
    8. Slowing down and speeding up video
      5m 46s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. A showcase of effects
    2. Applying effects
      3m 38s
    3. Using Glow
      4m 33s
    4. Creating infinite patterns and textures
      6m 35s
    5. Creating the dragon's fire
      5m 3s
    6. About the included Cycore effects collection
      1m 50s
    7. Using blur effects
      6m 23s
    8. Creating a galaxy scene from scratch
      7m 47s
    9. Distorting objects with effects
      4m 7s
    10. Creating waving wizard hair
      1m 36s
    11. Blowing stuff up with effects
      6m 15s
    12. Creating motion graphics elements from scratch
      4m 32s
    13. Creating and using lens flares
      2m 39s
    14. Creating the wizard's lightning bolts
      4m 17s
    15. Viewing random variations with Brainstorm
      4m 43s
    16. Getting help with effects
      1m 34s
  8. 13m 13s
    1. Brightening dark footage
      3m 48s
    2. Changing colors in footage
      3m 54s
    3. Colorizing black-and-white objects
      5m 31s
  9. 22m 4s
    1. Creating text
      3m 41s
    2. Formatting text
      3m 38s
    3. Applying text animation presets
      4m 38s
    4. Animating text manually
      3m 56s
    5. Animating text in 3D
      2m 36s
    6. Applying layer styles to text
      3m 35s
  10. 25m 53s
    1. Using the paint tools
      11m 23s
    2. Animating paint strokes
      3m 48s
    3. Animating growing vines
      10m 42s
  11. 21m 37s
    1. Creating shapes with shape layers
      3m 0s
    2. Modifying shape layers
      4m 26s
    3. Combining shapes
      2m 10s
    4. Creating multiple shapes instantly
      8m 12s
    5. Browsing shape variations with Brainstorm
      3m 49s
  12. 10m 47s
    1. Understanding spatial interpolation
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and adjusting motion paths
      3m 12s
    3. Orienting moving objects along a path
      1m 59s
    4. Drawing motion and timing with Motion Sketch
      1m 44s
    5. Pasting motion paths from Illustrator
      2m 17s
  13. 25m 56s
    1. About temporal interpolation
      1m 41s
    2. Easing keyframes
      6m 10s
    3. Randomizing keyframes with the Wiggler
      2m 47s
    4. Smoothing motion with the Smoother
      2m 37s
    5. Linking objects with parenting
      5m 28s
    6. Linking objects with expressions
      3m 54s
    7. Fine-tuning animation in the Graph Editor
      3m 19s
  14. 14m 26s
    1. Masking out portions of objects with masks
      5m 55s
    2. Masking objects with other objects
      3m 53s
    3. Masking colors with keying
      4m 38s
  15. 15m 25s
    1. Understanding the basics of compositing
      1m 10s
    2. Removing the green screen background
      4m 30s
    3. Importing and combining the elements
      3m 58s
    4. Fine-tuning the composite
      5m 47s
  16. 13m 21s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      5m 47s
    2. Tracking the motion in footage
      4m 30s
    3. Connecting a fireball to the tracked object
      3m 4s
  17. 17m 47s
    1. Turning 2D layers into 3D layers
      3m 33s
    2. Positioning layers in 3D space
      4m 28s
    3. Creating lights and cameras
      5m 28s
    4. Creating shadows
      4m 18s
  18. 13m 46s
    1. The significance of audio
      1m 18s
    2. Using audio in After Effects
      2m 38s
    3. Creating audio markers
      1m 44s
    4. Previewing and mixing audio
      2m 49s
    5. Enhancing audio tracks with effects
      5m 17s
  19. 11m 0s
    1. Setting up the project
      1m 47s
    2. Creating keyframes from audio amplitude
      2m 3s
    3. Linking to keyframes with expressions
      2m 16s
    4. Modifying the expressions
      4m 54s
  20. 9m 0s
    1. When do you precompose layers?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compositions from existing layers
      3m 46s
    3. Navigating through compositions quickly
      2m 32s
  21. 16m 38s
    1. Using After Effects and Photoshop
      6m 53s
    2. Using After Effects and Illustrator
      2m 35s
    3. Using After Effects and Flash
      3m 2s
    4. Using After Effects and Premiere Pro
      4m 8s
  22. 32m 15s
    1. Sending video for review with Clip Notes
      6m 43s
    2. Rendering high-quality video
      7m 22s
    3. Rendering compressed video
      3m 48s
    4. Outputting with an alpha channel
      3m 51s
    5. Rendering video for DVD and other media
      3m 4s
    6. Creating video for mobile phones and devices
      3m 30s
    7. Rendering multiple videos at once
      2m 1s
    8. Rendering with the Adobe Media Encoder
      1m 56s
  23. 27m 9s
    1. Overview of the final project
      1m 6s
    2. Adjusting color
      7m 24s
    3. Adding motion graphics
      6m 42s
    4. Adding a lower third
      7m 26s
    5. Adjusting text animation presets
      4m 31s
  24. 9s
    1. Goodbye

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After Effects CS4 Essential Training
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In After Effects CS4 Essential Training, Chad Perkins teaches fundamental motion graphics design techniques from the ground up. He shows how to gather video, audio, and graphical source materials into layered compositions, make edits and adjustments, then bring it all to life with a powerful array of visual effects and animation techniques. These skills are demonstrated in a series of increasingly intricate projects, from creating a galaxy to building a fantasy battle scene. Chad also demonstrates workflows for keying and compositing, shows how to integrate with other applications, shares useful tips and secrets, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Importing assets with Bridge
  • Blending layers in a composition
  • Animating static images with the Puppet tool
  • Color-correcting video footage
  • Animating in 3D
  • Stabilizing shaky footage
  • Nesting and precomposing
  • Creating visual effects from scratch
  • Exporting to video and other media
After Effects


(Music playing.) Hello, viewing audience! My name is Chad Perkins. Welcome to Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training. Adobe After Effects is an industry leading and very popular well- beloved application for motion graphics, compositing, animation and visual effects. In this course, we will start from the ground up, we will learn all the basics including how to animate, how to apply effects and much more. We are also going to be looking at tons of projects. We are going to be creating a galaxy scene from scratch. We are also going to be compositing, taking multiple layers that don't belong together and making it look like they do belong together. We will be covering tips and tricks, little known secrets and features, new features, how After Effects integrates with other programs and much, much more.

Thanks for joining me and let's get started.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about After Effects CS4 Essential Training .

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Q: In Chapter 13, when trying to move the knight's right hand anchor point, the whole hand moves. When clicking on the anchor point to move it, both position and anchor point are highlighted. Deselecting the position does not help. What could be causing this problem?
A: This will occur if the layers are parented. See the videos on parenting later in the course for a detailed explanation. Also, be sure to adjust the anchor point before animating the objects.
Q: The author describes how to trim video by using the Option and Home keys on a Mac. A MacBook Pro keyboard does not have a Home button. What is the alternative for MacBook Pro users?
A: Pressing the Function key and the Left Arrow key is the same as the Home key on a MacBook.
Q: The videos are set up for computers using standard keyboards. Are there alternatives for laptops? For example, a Macbook pro doesn’t have a Home button. How can users with laptops use the same shortcuts that appear in the video?
A: For a helpful list of keyboard shortcuts for laptops, check out the page here:
Q: How does one change the timeline readout from frames to seconds? Most of the videos show the time in seconds, while my version shows frames.
A: The display in the Timeline panel automatically changes from frames to seconds as you zoom in and zoom out of the timeline (using the slider at the bottom of the panel). If you want to change the display to show only frames no matter how far you're zoomed out, then Control-click (on Windows) or Command-click (on a Mac) on the current time display in the upper left hand corner of the Timeline panel.





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