Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Keying effects, part of After Effects CC 2013 New Features.
- Raise your hand if you like keying.…Yeah, I thought so.…Not very many of you, huh?…Well, there have been a couple of additions…or improvements in the new version of After Effects…which will make keying a little bit easier.…Here is the type of shot that would probably…strike fear into many of our hearts.…This woman has somewhat frizzy hair, and a lot of it.…There's tricky gaps in between the hair and her shoulder…and where it flies away from the side of her face.…Also, this shot was originally delivered to me…in photo JPEG format,…and then I recompressed it as an H.264.…
You can see lots of blockiness in the screen background.…Again, that's not a fault…of the original stock footage image I'm using here.…I purposely made it bad, just to give us a challenge.…Okay, instead of applying the normal Keylight effect,…like you would, I encourage you,…with this next version of After Effects,…to search for a key animation preset…that includes the words Key Cleaner…and Advanced Spill Suppressor.…This one preset will apply a chain…
The September 2013 update brought the new Rigid Mask Tracker, as well as additional ways to scale up footage cleanly, while the highlight of the December 2013 update was the ability to convert parametric shape layers to Bézier paths, and Bézier paths into shape layers. The NAB 2014 update shows off important new integration with Adobe Premiere Pro and Typekit, as well major updates to effects. Smaller yet still important new and enhanced features in each release are also touched on throughout. As always, Chris doesn't just show you where these new features are, but how to apply them to your own projects, along with preferred working practices and potential gotchas.
Note: This course was created and produced by Chris and Trish Meyer. We are honored to host this content in our library.
- Integrating with CINEMA 4D
- Using the Refine Edge tool to fine-tune mattes
- Applying Reverse Stabilization
- Preserving scale while stabilizing
- Working with layer snapping
- Finding missing footage, fonts, and effects
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 01/14/2014. What changed?
A: Chris added two new chapters covering updates to After Effects CC. Chapter 5 covers the new Rigid Mask Tracker and footage scaling capabilities and Chapter 6 covers the ability to convert parametric shape layers to Bezier paths and Bezier paths into shape layers.
Q: This course was updated on 5/8/2014. What changed?
A: We twelve new movies, covering what's changed in After Effects CC since the May 2013 initial release, the changes released in October 2013, and the changes announced at the 2014 NAB Show, such as Premiere Pro and Typekit integration, and effects masks.
Q: This course was updated on 11/20/14. What changed?
A: Four movies were updated to reflect changes in After Effects CC 2014.1. Additionally, seven new movies were added, covering changes to the interface, the release of CINEWARE v2 and CINEMA 4D Lite R16, updates to mocha, Dynamic Link color management with Premiere Pro and Media Encoder, and more.
VFX Techniques: Crowd Replication with After Effectswith Lee Lanier2h 54m Intermediate
VFX Techniques: Tracking Objects onto a Facewith Lee Lanier2h 42m Intermediate
After Effects CC 2013 Essential Trainingwith Ian Robinson14h 51m Appropriate for all
Mograph Techniques: Animating to Musicwith Ian Robinson1h 5m Intermediate
November 2014 Update
NAB 2014 Update
December 2013 Update
October 2013 Update
May 2013 Initial Release
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