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In this course, author Ian Robinson introduces Adobe After Effects CS6 and the world of animation, effects, and compositing. Chapter 1 introduces the six foundations of After Effects, which include concepts like layers, keyframes, rendering, and moving in 3D space. The rest of the course expands on these ideas, and shows how to build compositions with layers, perform rotoscoping, animate your composition with keyframes, add effects and transitions, and render and export the finished piece. Two real-world example projects demonstrate keying green screen footage and creating an advanced 3D composition with the expanded 3D toolset, an important addition to CS6.
If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Now once you've copied the Exercise Files folder to your hard drive, let's open the folder and see how our projects are laid out. You should notice there's a folder for each individual chapter, and within each chapter I have project files that correspond to the videos of that chapter. Now not every video has a project file, but the majority of them do and you'll find them within each chapter folder.
It's important to understand that this footage folder at the bottom contains files that the After Effects projects will be referencing. So don't move these files around. Make sure they stay in their corresponding folder. Now some of these footage files were created in external applications but that's okay because these are all things that are integrated into the After Effects projects. If you are a monthly member or annual member of lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets.
So let's get started.
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