Using the exercise files
Video: Using the exercise filesThroughout 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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In this course, Chris Meyer helps beginning After Effects artists take their animations to the next level. Chris shows how to refine animations to create elegant, coordinated movements with the minimum number of keyframes—as well as slam-downs, whip pans, and other attention-getters. Additional movies show how to reverse-engineer existing animations, create variations on a theme, and master other parts of the program. Even though this course is designed for beginners, even veterans should learn tricks that many experienced users are unaware of. Chris' friendly running commentary lets you in on his mental process as he works on an animation. 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®.
- Understanding how keyframes work under the hood
- Controlling the Anchor Point to create more predictable animations
- Mastering the Graph Editor for the ultimate control over keyframes
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Hand-drawing motion paths to simplify complex movements
- Applying and tweaking Motion Blur
- Using Hold keyframes
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: How do I transition from one piece of animated type to another in After Effects?
- A: There isn't an effect that can create these types of transitions. It's really a matter of animating the type and camera, using basic keyframing and positioning.If you understand the basics of moving the anchor point of a type layer, animating the parameters of that layer (Scale, Rotation, Position, etc.) and then separately animating the camera around the type layers, you can achieve different types of transitions. Check out the following videos for more information:
- Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
- A: We have updated the movie dealing with Time Display to be applicable to working with different versions of After Effects (from CS4 to CS6). We also added a movie that shows our premium subscribers how to use the exercise files, including the new exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
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