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After Effects: Insight into Effects
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After Effects: Insight into Effects

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

Video: Welcome

Hi! I am Chris Meyer of Crish Design. My wife Trish and I have been using After Effects since Version 1.0, and in this series, we'd like to share with you some of the insights we've learned and how to most effectively use the plug-in effects that come bundled with After Effects. We're going to be showing you some of our favorite effects, revealing some hidden gems, showing what effect might work better than another for a given task, and also give you some ideas on good parameters ranges to help you get started. Our focus is going to be on common real- world tasks you need to do all the time on a variety of jobs. Now this series is going to contain two different types of movies. One type of movie is going to be dedicated to specific effects.
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  1. 2m 6s
    1. Welcome
      2m 6s
  2. 7m 27s
    1. The Effects & Presets panel: finding effects
      2m 42s
    2. The Effects & Presets panel: animation presets
      4m 45s
  3. 1h 24m
    1. Bilateral Blur
      5m 30s
    2. Box Blur
      5m 33s
    3. CC Vector Blur
      6m 18s
    4. Creative Channel Blur
      2m 2s
    5. Corrective Channel Blur
      1m 47s
    6. The pros of Compound Blur
      4m 35s
    7. The cons of Compound Blur
      3m 3s
    8. Directional Blur
      2m 35s
    9. Fast Blur and Gaussian Blur
      5m 16s
    10. Lens Blur: iris effects
      6m 17s
    11. Lens Blur: depth maps
      4m 41s
    12. Overview of Radial Blurs
      4m 16s
    13. Radial Blurs shootout
      3m 29s
    14. Reduce Interlace Flicker
      4m 12s
    15. Corrective Smart Blur
      4m 26s
    16. Creative Smart Blur
      7m 40s
    17. Unsharp Mask theory
      5m 5s
    18. Unsharp Mask and Sharpen
      3m 59s
    19. Unsharp Mask power tips
      4m 14s
  4. 41m 5s
    1. Overview of Calculations
      3m 55s
    2. Creative Calculations
      3m 32s
    3. CC Composite
      4m 54s
    4. Overview of Channel Combiner
      2m 49s
    5. Channel Combiner and color space
      3m 56s
    6. Channel Combiner and transparency
      4m 0s
    7. Remove Color Matting
      4m 24s
    8. Set Matte vs. Track Mattes
      6m 45s
    9. Set Channels and Shift Channels
      2m 0s
    10. Solid Composite
      4m 50s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Auto Color vs. Auto Levels
      6m 21s
    2. Auto Contrast vs. Auto Levels
      4m 44s
    3. Channel Mixer
      5m 34s
    4. Corrective Color Balance
      8m 15s
    5. Creative Color Balance
      3m 19s
    6. Color Stabilizer
      4m 51s
    7. Overview of Colorama
      7m 40s
    8. Tinting with Colorama
      5m 48s
    9. Colorama and color cycling
      3m 12s
    10. Hue/Saturation tips
      5m 4s
    11. Hue/Saturation vs. Color Balance
      2m 17s
    12. Tint vs. Tritone
      4m 34s
  6. 14m 40s
    1. Compound effects
      5m 43s
    2. Grayscale shootout
      6m 45s
    3. Repeat Edge Pixels
      2m 12s

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After Effects: Insight into Effects
3h 31m Intermediate Jul 30, 2009

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After Effects: Insight into Effects was created and produced by Trish and Chris Meyer. We are honored to host their material in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

After Effects gurus Chris and Trish Meyer share their real-world insight into how to get the most out of the effects that come bundled with this popular software. After Effects: Insight into Effects covers their favorite effects, hidden gems, optimal parameter ranges, "gotchas" to avoid, and alternative effects to consider. Among other tidbits, this course also contains "special topic" movies that pertain to more than one effect, demonstrate how to use After Effects more efficiently, and compare different effects to try in order to achieve a desired creative result. After Effects: Insight into Effects is recommended for all After Effects users, regardless of which version they use. This ongoing series that will be updated with new movies on a regular basis.

This course was recorded using After Effects CS4, but it contains many timeless concepts and effects. After Effects: Insight into Effects is recommended for all After Effects users, regardless of which version they use. This is an ongoing series that will be updated with new movies on a regular basis.

Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics
Software:
After Effects
Authors:
Chris Meyer Trish Meyer

Welcome

Hi! I am Chris Meyer of Crish Design. My wife Trish and I have been using After Effects since Version 1.0, and in this series, we'd like to share with you some of the insights we've learned and how to most effectively use the plug-in effects that come bundled with After Effects. We're going to be showing you some of our favorite effects, revealing some hidden gems, showing what effect might work better than another for a given task, and also give you some ideas on good parameters ranges to help you get started. Our focus is going to be on common real- world tasks you need to do all the time on a variety of jobs. Now this series is going to contain two different types of movies. One type of movie is going to be dedicated to specific effects.

The other type of movie is going to be what we call special topics, concepts that apply across multiple effects, tools that may make it easier to use effects, or combinations of effects that are very common. We're going to be adding to this series on a regular basis. So make sure you check back often to see what effects and what special topics we've added. Now you're going to notice that we're going to be using After Effects CS4 for most of these movies. However, most of these effects have been around for years. So chances are virtually all of these movies are going to apply to you almost regardless of what version of After Effects you're using. If an effect is very new, we'll mention it so you know that you may or may not have it.

If you can't find an effect, there is a chance that Adobe has moved it from one category to another in-between versions. So just search for it in the Effects & Presets panel and you'll probably find it. Now in this series we'll also be discussing the Cycore "CC" effects, which have come bundled for free with the most recent versions of After Effects. If you can't find it, there is a chance that you might be running a trial version, which does not include any third party plug-ins or content, or on earlier versions of After Effects, the CC effects had a separate installer. So check the installation disc. It might be there.

Anyway, we hope that this series gives you better insight in how to use effects. By the end of it, you should be able to really apply them to your specific jobs. After all, the default settings are rarely the best. So experiment, learn, and most of all, have fun. So let's get started.

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