Join Ian Robinson for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of After Effects CS6 Essential Training.
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If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Now once you've copied the Exercise Files folder to your hard drive, let's open the folder and see how our projects are laid out. You should notice there's a folder for each individual chapter, and within each chapter I have project files that correspond to the videos of that chapter. Now not every video has a project file, but the majority of them do and you'll find them within each chapter folder.
It's important to understand that this footage folder at the bottom contains files that the After Effects projects will be referencing. So don't move these files around. Make sure they stay in their corresponding folder. Now some of these footage files were created in external applications but that's okay because these are all things that are integrated into the After Effects projects. If you are a monthly member or annual member of lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets.
So let's get started.
- Setting up the workspace, important preferences, and the cache
- Importing footage and comps
- Relinking missing footage
- Creating type, shape layers, and masks
- Rotoscoping with the Roto Brush
- Adjusting keyframes in the Graph Editor
- Timing animations to audio
- Building backgrounds with effects
- Rendering with the Render Queue and Adobe Media Encoder
- Animating 3D type
- Smoothing shaky footage and retouching footage
- Keying green screen footage
- Working with 3D: extruding shapes, adding ray-traced lighting, and more