By George Maestri | Thursday, January 27, 2011
Authors Chris and Trish Meyer introduce us to their new series at lynda.com:
Many After Effects users know us for our books Creating Motion Graphics (CMG) and After Effects Apprentice (AEA). CMG is intended as a deep reference for After Effects, while AEA is structured as a series of lessons to help a beginner or part-time user get up to speed more quickly with the key features of the program in a real-world environment.
We’re very excited to be taking the lessons and projects in After Effects Apprentice and recording them as a video training series for lynda.com. Video allows us to better explain what we’re thinking when we choose a particular tool, effect, or parameter value—it’s like being able to look over our shoulder and listen in on our brain as we work, which better conveys both the technical and creative process we go through. Not being restricted to the page count of a printed book also allows us to expand more into related features and techniques, and actually work through the Idea Corner and Quizzler challenges sprinkled throughout the book. We feel this additional background will make these videos useful both for people learning on their own, and for instructors who use AEA in their classes as curriculum.
Rather than release the entire video series as one exhaustive course, we’re recording each lesson as a self-contained video set. We hope this approach avoids the potential of a beginner feeling overwhelmed by the breadth of After Effects, and allows you to more easily focus on the areas of the program you’re most interested in or need to learn for a particular job. To this end, we’re also taking some of the lessons in the book that covered two disparate features—such as Painting and the Puppet Tool—and breaking them out into separate video courses. This video series will be relevant for both CS4 and CS5 versions of After Effects.
Today, the first three of 19 total installments in the series are now available in the Online Training Library®:
After Effects Apprentice: #01 Pre-Roll
After Effects Apprentice: #02 Basic Animation
After Effects Apprentice: #03 Advanced Animation
We’ll be adding new installments each month until the series is complete. Happy learning!
—Chris and Trish Meyer
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