After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer
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After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title
Video duration: 0s 3h 30m Intermediate


This project-oriented course leads you through the creative and technical process of building an opening title sequence from scratch in Adobe After Effects. Author Chris Meyer shows how to pull together numerous skills you've learned in the other After Effects Apprentice courses, from working in 3D space to creating type and shape layers to writing expressions. Along the way, Chris lets you in on the mental process he uses when creating similar spots for real-world clients, while sharing numerous tips that will help broaden your After Effects skills.

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 library.

Topics include:
  • Animating to music
  • Arranging layers in 3D space
  • Performing time stretches
  • Working with 3D camera tracking
  • Typesetting and animating text
  • Adding effects like drop shadows and motion blur
  • Creating and animating shape layers
  • Building and delivering a broadcast package
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- Hi, I'm Chris Meyer of Crish Design and welcome to the final project of After Effects Apprentice, 3rd Edition. Throughout this course you're gonna pull together a wide variety of skills that you've learned in the previous After Effects Apprentice courses. In doing so, you're gonna put together an opening title for a television program. Let's take a quick preview of what you'll be building. (calm melodic music) To create this you're gonna be working with music, including learning the magic templates for composing soundtracks, and spotting hit points in the final music, mocking up a 3D world, crafting a camera move through that world, performing 3D tracking, time stretching layers, typesetting text, applying animation presets, creating shape layers, nesting and precomposing, creating background elements including working with layered Photoshop files, writing expressions and rendering your composition including how to create 4x3 center cut and letterbox versions.

We'll also discuss how you deliver a graphics package for your client that would include lower thirds, bumpers and a looping background. We'll finish up by giving you a bunch of additional ideas of how you can take this design to the next level. Throughout this final project we will be focusing on real world workflows, and how you make creative decisions keeping your clients requirements in mind. We hope it turns out to be very useful for when you're creating projects, for your own clients. So without further ado, let's dive in and have fun creating this opening title in After Effects.

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