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Learn how to track and extract the camera move and ground plane from already shot footage in After Effects, and add a 3D model—complete with lighting and shadows—to the scene with CINEMA 4D Lite.
Learn how to create, extrude, and animate 3D text in CINEMA 4D Lite, and believably composite it over a 2D background inside After Effects.
A whirlwind tour of Adobe After Effects CC for users who have never opened the program before (or are new to Creative Cloud). Get a quick overview of the import, preview, and render workflows in After Effects CC.
Want to play video against walls or other objects in your After Effects animations? Learn how to map video onto the face of a 3D object with CINEMA 4D Lite, and then composite animated 3D text over it in After Effects.
Leads you through the creative and technical process of building an opening title sequence from scratch in After Effects, from working in 3D space to creating type and shape layers to writing expressions.
Pulls together skills taught in the previous After Effects Apprentice installments to create a real-world video promo, from building artwork to assembling 3D precomps and setting the project to music.
Shows how to create and animate vector-based artwork directly inside After Effects.
Takes a creative tour of the Paint, Puppet, and Roto Brush tools in After Effects.
Learn two key visual effects skills: motion tracking and keying.
An introduction to 3D space in After Effects, plus advanced 3D workflows involving Photoshop.
Demonstrates several ways to manipulate time in After Effects.
Shows how to create simple but very useful expressions in After Effects that can be put to work on a wide variety of jobs.
Learn how to use multiple compositions to group layers, accommodate client changes, and rewire the internal render order in After Effects.
Shows how to set up a parenting chain, discusses what makes a good parent, and demonstrates several techniques using parenting.
Learn how to create professional-looking type plus sophisticated type animations, including timing to music.
Demonstrates the most common techniques for adding selective transparency to layers in After Effects.
A tour of editing and enhancement techniques for After Effects layers.
Learn how to create sophisticated animations in After Effects with the minimum amount of effort.
An introduction to creating a first animation in Adobe After Effects.
A whirlwind tour of Adobe After Effects for new users and those who may need a refresher.
Demonstrates creating refined lower thirds for Premiere Pro using After Effects.
Covers both the technical and creative implications of the latest release of After Effects CS5.
Shows how vignetting techniques can be leveraged in video using After Effects.
After Effects gurus Chris and Trish Meyer share their real-world insight into how to get the most out of this popular software.
Demonstrates how to use any version of After Effects to add lighting effects to existing footage.
How to make light look more realistic by adding natural-looking imperfections that also help with compression.
Numerous tips and tricks for building 3D worlds, grouping together layers and lights, softening or sharpening projections, and more.
Automatically animate the anchor point, position, rotation, and scale of a layer without having to use expressions or animation presets.
Chris and Trish cover features such as text animators, shape layers, expressions, and motion tracking.
Shows a variety of approaches for setting up a filmic glow in After Effects.
Highlights some of the most exciting features in the latest version of After Effects CS4.
Use the Glow plug-in to get two different looks: inside glows for full-frame footage, and outside glows for halos.
Use After Effects to alter the lighting of already-shot footage and text animations.
Explains the 3:2 pulldown process in After Effects and discusses the different pulldown formats.
Demonstrates how to use floating point in After Effects to create looks ranging from interesting fades to hot, glowing text.
Covers all the essentials of interlaced video, such as how to treat it on input and output and how to convert it to progressive scan.
“My biggest problem is figuring out what I want to watch next. Just when I think I'm all set, I find something ELSE that is fascinating.” —John O.
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