Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a new project, part of After Effects Apprentice: 02 Basic Animation.
- [Instructor] In this first lesson we'll create a simple…animation of a winter scene.…If you have the Exercise Files, notice that we've given…you the After Effects Project file that you can use…at the end to compare your results with ours.…We've also created a folder of sources…that you can import into a blank project,…and we've also rendered the Finished Movie…from After Effects Project file.…So we can see where what be creating,…let's play this in QuickTime player.…As you can see, it's pretty simple.…There's two foreground video layers, a background video,…and a colored solid along the top.…
The title is in two parts,…one part that animates up from the bottom,…and the snowflake which animates in along a curve.…Now that you're familiar with what we're going to create,…let's open a blank project in After Effects.…I'm using CS5 or, if you have CS4, that'll work as well.…If you already have a project open, you'll need to Save it…and then go File, New, New Project,…and that will give you an untitled project.…When you first open After Effects, it should open this…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and working with the Global Performance Cache in After Effects CS6. We have also added exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
Q: This course was updated on 11/07/2016. What changed?
A: We updated eight movies to stay up to date with the latest changes in After Effects CC.