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- [Instructor] Once you've located a course you'd like to watch, and you've clicked on it, you'll be taken to that course's page. Let's go over the basic layout of the course page. On the left we have the Table of Contents, which you can scroll to see chapter and video titles within the course. The second tab is the Notebook tab, which you can use to take notes on the course. In the center of the page we have the video player.
Below that is the Overview tab, the Transcript tab, the View Offline tab, and the Exercise Files tab. And further down the page is some additional information, the subjects covered in this course, the software used, and suggested courses to watch next. Going back up to the top of the page, across from the course title, we have so additional options. We have the Layout button, which you can press to toggle between theater mode, or press again to go back to the default mode.
You also have the option to add this course to one of your playlists, or to share this course. And these three little dots indicate more options. You can take a tour of new features. Or you can look at the keyboard shortcuts. And selecting this will bring up a reference window with all the available shortcuts. These keys, or combinations of keys, can be used to quickly perform certain tasks, like bringing up the notebook tab by simply pressing the letter N key on your keyboard.
Or stopping the video by pressing the K on the keyboard. These keyboard commands are especially helpful for controlling video playback. For example, as I'm watching a video, pressing the space bar will toggle play and pause on and off on the video. I'm just going to close out of this and go back to the course page. Moving over to the video player area, this is where each video in the course will be displayed. And clicking on this area will immediately start playing the first video in the course.
- [Alan] Hi, I'm Alan Demafiles, and welcome to this course where we'll cover essentials for using After Effects from an editing context. In this course-- - [Instructor] I'm going to press pause button to pause the video. And you'll notice three things happened when the video started to play. One, the video player controls have become visible. Two, the transcripts have automatically started scrolling, and the text in the transcript will dynamically highlight along with the video, so you can see exactly where you are in the video at any time.
And three, in the Table of Contents, this eye icon has become visible indicating that the video is being watched. If you don't want the eye to appear, you can click on it, and choose to select, mark as unwatched. In the Table of Contents you can browse through the chapters and videos contained within the course. And you'll see these little arrows next to each video title chapter. Clicking on them will toggle between expanding and collapsing the contents within that chapter.
And temporarily collapsing all of the content makes it easier to browse the chapter titles and get a better overall view of the course as a whole. If you're not a lynda.com member, you'll be able to sample a handful of movies for free from each course. The free movies will appear with the standard link, like you see here, while the members only videos will have a lock icon next to them. Of course, if you're a member and you're currently logged in, you'll have access to all the videos.
At the top of the Content tab is a search field where you can type any text in the search area and it will scan all of the text in the course to return results to your search. Press return or enter on the keyboard. You'll see I have 73 results related to my search. You can click on any of these to jump to that section in the course. - [Alan] Template, so when we hand this off into Premiere, this footage is going to show up as well. Obviously, we don't wa-- - [Instructor] I'm just going to close out of that search for now.
And next is the Notebook tab. In this area you can type notes into this entry box. And once you press return or enter on the keyboard, that note will be saved along with a time code reference link. This is a great feature for summarizing ideas and making points that you want to follow up on later. And under the video player we have the Overview tab, which displays the description of the course so you can see what the course covers, who it's designed for, and other relevant information such as the course's duration, the release date, and how many other times the course has been viewed by other learners.
The Transcript tab is where you can read along with each video as it plays. You can also pause the video to read through the contents of the entire video, which can often give you a better idea of whether or not the video contains useful information you'd like to learn, and it might also be useful if you want to quickly scan ahead to find the information that you're looking for. Once you're done scanning, you can press the resume to resume auto-scroll. You can also click anywhere within the transcript.
- [Alan] So I want to search for in my-- - [Instructor] To jump to that point in the video. The View Offline option is available for premium and group members, and allows you to download the content for offline viewing. The Exercise Files are for premium and group members as well, and they're available for downloading the files so you can follow along with the author using the exact same files they are using in the training. Scrolling towards the bottom of the page, you'll find suggested courses to watch next.
This area displays related content that you might find useful to watch after viewing the course that you're currently watching. So there you have it, the layout and basic functions of the course page.
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