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After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation
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After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

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Throughout these After Effects Apprentice courses, you'll find that Trish and I focus on core concepts of using and learning After Effects. Not specific tricks that only work with certain pieces of footage. Therefore, if you don't have any exercise files, or if you want to use your own footage, you'll still get a lot out of just watching these videos. That said, studies have shown that the best way to learn something is to actually do it. Therefore for the optimal learning experience we suggest you do get access to the exercise files. There are two ways to do that. One is to get a lynda.com premium membership.

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After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation
2h 19m Beginner Jan 25, 2011 Updated Nov 09, 2012

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Trish Meyer leads beginners through a gentle introduction to Adobe After Effects: from creating a new project and importing sources, through arranging and animating layers, applying effects, and creating variations, to rendering the final movie. However, this is no paint-by-numbers exercise. Trish demonstrates how she makes creative decisions and saves time through the use of keyboard shortcuts and smart working practices. Additional movies explain further details about how After Effects works under the hood. Her measured pace helps even those completely new to After Effects understand the program so that they can use it effectively on their own projects. Exercise files are included with the course.

The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

Topics include:
  • Starting a project from scratch
  • Building a composition
  • Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
  • Animating parameters including motion paths
  • Applying and re-using effects
  • Creating variations and rendering the final movie
  • Importing layered Photoshop files
  • Understanding alpha channels
  • Avoiding common mistakes
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics Visual Effects
Software:
After Effects
Authors:
Chris Meyer Trish Meyer

Using the exercise files

Throughout these After Effects Apprentice courses, you'll find that Trish and I focus on core concepts of using and learning After Effects. Not specific tricks that only work with certain pieces of footage. Therefore, if you don't have any exercise files, or if you want to use your own footage, you'll still get a lot out of just watching these videos. That said, studies have shown that the best way to learn something is to actually do it. Therefore for the optimal learning experience we suggest you do get access to the exercise files. There are two ways to do that. One is to get a lynda.com premium membership.

That will allow you to download the files for After Effects CS4, CS5, CS5.5 or CS6. These are the same files we're using when we record these videos. The other approach is to get a copy of our book After Effects Apprentice. The third edition covers CS5, CS5.5 and CS6. If you're still using After Effects CS4, then get the second edition of the book. Those files are pretty close to the ones we use throughout this video course. Whenever there are differences we'll note them as we teach. Now either way we think it's a good value.

If you get the premium membership to lynda, you could access to exercise files for hundreds of other courses. If you get one of our books, you've got some additional text explanation for each of the features we discuss and you've got a desk reference next to you all the time. Now throughout these lessons we're going to be using a combination of After Effects CS5, CS5.5 and CS6. Don't be thrown off by any minor differences in the user interface, most of the functionality of After Effects is identical across all of these versions. If there are differences from version to version, we'll note it in the little caption that runs along the bottom of the screen.

But all that said, we really hope you have a lot of fun with these courses learning After Effects. It's the application we've been using for ages now, we have a great time with it, and we hope you get the same enjoyment out of it that we do.

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Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and working with the Global Performance Cache in After Effects CS6. We have also added exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
 
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