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Adobe After Effects CS6 Learn by Video

Video Description

This innovative product from Adobe Press and video2brain combines interactive video and a full--color printed reference to teach the fundamentals of Adobe After Effects CS6. Experienced instructors Todd Kopriva and Angie Taylor present 10 hours of high quality HD video, complete with lesson files. This course will not only show you the basics of After Effects, it also teaches you what you'll need to know to take your skills to the next level. The presenters will give you an overview of the workflow and the user interface, and then you will learn how to bring assets into After Effects. They'll explain how to configure After Effects for optimum performance, focusing on the global performance cache and persistent disk cache features added in After Effects CS6. You’ll learn a range of compositing features, including the new variable-width masks and 3D camera tracker features introduced in After Effects CS6, as well as basic masking and color keying. You will discover how to troubleshoot and avoid common problems, and then how to create finished movie files.

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing After Effects CS6
    1. What Is Adobe After Effects and Where Does It Come From? 00:09:09
    2. Course Introduction 00:01:33
    3. What's New in After Effects CS6 00:06:09
    4. Don't Worry, It's Only a Dialog Box 00:05:25
    5. Basic Workflow and Terminology Overview 00:10:57
  2. Interface Tour
    1. The Project Panel and Flowchart Panel 00:05:15
    2. The Composition Panel and the Layer Panel 00:09:52
    3. The Timeline Panel 00:08:09
    4. The Preview Panel 00:05:54
    5. The Effects and Presets Panel, Bridge, and the Effect Controls Panel 00:06:04
    6. Colors, Channels, and Color Bit Depth 00:09:31
    7. Modifying Preferences and Keyboard Shortcuts 00:02:47
    8. Configuring the User Interface 00:04:23
  3. Creating Compositions and Layers
    1. Creating Compositions and Changing Composition Settings 00:08:33
    2. Creating Text with the Character Panel 00:06:30
    3. Controlling Blocks of Text with the Paragraph Panel 00:08:24
    4. Creating Shape Layers 00:09:00
    5. Working with Solids 00:06:33
  4. Importing Footage
    1. Importing Movies 00:03:37
    2. Importing Still Images and Image Sequences 00:05:16
    3. Importing Photoshop and Illustrator Files 00:06:43
    4. Importing Projects 00:05:22
  5. Interpreting and Managing Footage
    1. Interpreting Footage Manually and Automatically 00:05:04
    2. Fields and Interlacing 00:07:21
    3. Pixel Aspect Ratios 00:04:59
    4. Trimming Footage and Layers 00:06:39
  6. Animation Basics
    1. Animating Transform Properties 00:11:11
    2. Working with Motion Paths 00:04:30
    3. Using Motion Sketch to Record Motion 00:07:31
  7. Fine-Tuning Animation
    1. Working in the Layer Panel 00:07:08
    2. Anchor Point Animation 00:06:24
    3. Keyframe Types 00:12:28
    4. Keyframe Assistants 00:09:42
    5. The Graph Editor 00:11:36
  8. Animating Text Layers
    1. Importing Photoshop Text 00:05:18
    2. Applying Animators 00:06:18
    3. Combining Animators 00:07:37
    4. Animation Presets 00:14:59
  9. Fun with Shape Layers
    1. Ways to Create Shapes 00:09:22
    2. Shape Layers for Text Effects 00:03:40
  10. Basic Compositing
    1. Blending Layers with Blending Modes 00:05:00
    2. Alpha Channels and Transparency 00:06:56
    3. Isolating a Subject with a Mask 00:06:44
    4. Color Keying 00:12:23
    5. Motion Tracking and Rotoscoping 00:10:05
    6. The 3D Camera Tracker 00:17:49
  11. Effects
    1. Understanding Effect Categories 00:08:03
    2. Animating Effect Properties 00:05:01
    3. Brainstorming 00:08:01
    4. Using Compound Effects 00:08:28
    5. "Fixer" Effects 00:05:11
    6. Layer Styles 00:08:33
    7. Effect Presets 00:01:41
    8. Adjustment Layers (Force Motion Blur) 00:05:17
  12. Time
    1. Frame Rates 00:07:38
    2. Time Stretching and Time Remapping 00:09:08
    3. Slowing Motion, Freezing a Frame, and Reversing Time 00:07:30
  13. Grouping and Linking
    1. Nesting 00:04:05
    2. Pre-Composing 00:06:23
    3. Parenting 00:07:36
    4. Using Nulls 00:04:51
    5. Expressions 00:11:42
  14. Introduction to 3D
    1. Working with 3D Layers 00:08:10
    2. Axis Modes 00:05:40
    3. Bending Layers 00:03:33
    4. Extruding Shapes 00:06:48
    5. Cameras 00:12:58
    6. Lights 00:09:23
    7. Material Options (Environment Layers) 00:09:43
    8. Depth of Field 00:09:50
    9. Environment Layers 00:02:54
  15. Memory and Performance
    1. Setting Up After Effects for Optimum Performance with 64-Bit Systems 00:07:59
    2. RAM and Disk Caching 00:08:10
  16. Render Order and Collapsing Transformations
    1. Standard Render Order and the Transform Effect 00:07:58
    2. Collapsing Transformations 00:06:19
  17. Output Options
    1. Rendering and Exporting with the Render Queue 00:07:53
    2. Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder 00:03:35
    3. Collecting Files 00:02:46
  18. Project Explorations and Recap
    1. Preparing Cinema 4D Projects for After Effects 00:08:57
    2. Compositing C4D Multipass Renders in After Effects 00:13:02
    3. Using a Simple Effect and Duplicate Layers for Creative Results 00:04:19
    4. Using Basic Color Correction and Light Wrap for Compositing 00:06:01
    5. Closing Thoughts 00:03:41