After Effects Apprentice 01: Pre-Roll

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer
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After Effects Apprentice 01: Pre-Roll
Video duration: 0s 30m 3s Beginner Updated Nov 08, 2012


This short course is designed for those who have never used Adobe After Effects, or those who might need a refresher course on how it is laid out. Chris Meyer takes a whirlwind tour through the program, helping overcome the "blank canvas" fear that confronts many the first time they launch the program. It will serve as both an excellent introduction to the After Effects Apprentice lessons on, as well as a preliminary overview for any new user before launching into their first tutorial or class. Exercise files are included with the course.

The After Effects Apprentice videos on 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 Online Training Library®.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the user interface
  • Customizing the user interface
  • Importing sources, including using Adobe Bridge
  • Managing compositions
  • Previewing work
  • Rendering (exporting) a creation
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Hi! I am Chris Meyer of Crish Design, and welcome to After Effects Apprentice: Pre-Roll. The idea behind this lesson is to get you quickly up to speed moving around inside Adobe After Effects. It is designed for people who are completely new to the program, as well as for users who may be haven't used it for a few years who need a quick refresher course. I'm going to show you how to navigate the user interface, and how to customize it to your needs. I'll show you how to navigate compositions, because that's the main building block inside After Effects that you will be using. I will show you how to preview your work and how to render your work out to a movie that you can then import into an editing system, play back through a projection system, and maybe bring into a web development program to make it part of a web page. So without much further ado, let's dive in.

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Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We have added new sets of exercise files designed for After Effects CS5.5 and After Effects CS6. We also added a movie that shows our premium subscribers how to use the exercise files.
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