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Learning Adobe After Effects CC 2014

Video Description

In this After Effects CC 2014 training course, expert author Jerron Smith will teach you how to use the tools and techniques within this powerful software from Adobe. This course is designed for the absolute beginner, meaning no previous After Effects experience is required.
You will start by learning to understand the workspace and workflow of After Effects, then jump into learning how to create a new composition. From there, Jerron will show you how to import and organize footage, as well as work with compositions and arrange and adjust layers. This video tutorial also covers topics including animating layer transform properties, adding and animating effects, creating, editing, and animating text, shapes, and masks, and using track mattes. You will also learn how to use the roto brush, create 3D layers, create and animate cameras and lights, and create and animate 3D objects with Cinema 4D Lite. Finally, Jerron will teach you how to work with green screen footage, stabilize shaky video, set up a motion track, and use the graph editor.
Once you have completed this computer based training course, you will be fully capable of using After Effects for your graphic design and video editing needs. Working files are included, allowing you to follow along with the author throughout the lessons.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Content Of The Course 00:08:11
    2. Application System Requirements 00:05:18
    3. Application Overview 00:03:20
    4. About The Author 00:03:42
    5. Locating Missing Media 00:05:13
    6. New Features Overview 00:04:42
  2. Understanding The Workspace And Workflow
    1. Understanding The Default AE Workspaces 00:10:06
    2. After Effects Workflow And Sample Project Tour 00:14:04
    3. Saving Custom Workspaces 00:10:03
    4. Setting Application Preferences 00:07:02
  3. Introduction To Video Standards And Composition Settings
    1. Understanding Compositions In After Effects 00:05:58
    2. Creating A New Composition 00:07:35
    3. Editing Composition Settings 00:06:47
  4. Importing - Organizing And Previewing Footage
    1. Understanding After Effects Projects 00:04:24
    2. Importing Video, Images, And Audio Files 00:05:38
    3. Importing Photoshop And Illustrator Files 00:06:39
    4. Organizing Footage In The Project Panel 00:08:23
  5. Working With Compositions And Arranging Layers
    1. Understanding Layer Types 00:06:21
    2. Working With Layers In A Composition 00:06:37
    3. Adjusting Layer Blending Modes 00:06:38
    4. Adjusting Layer Duration 00:05:44
    5. Nesting Compositions And Pre-Composing 00:08:27
  6. Animating Layer Transform Properties
    1. Setting The Layer Transform Properties 00:07:37
    2. Animating The Position Property 00:05:49
    3. Temporal Interpolation: Adding Easy Easing 00:06:49
    4. Animating Scale And Rotation 00:07:03
    5. Creating A Staggered Animation 00:06:20
    6. Animating The Opacity Property 00:05:36
    7. Animating The Volume Property 00:04:53
    8. Previewing Compositions On The Timeline 00:05:47
  7. Adding Effects And Animating Them
    1. Understanding Effects And Layer Styles 00:06:07
    2. Adding Motion Blur 00:05:14
    3. Adding Effects And Adjusting Effect Properties 00:08:12
    4. Animating Effect Properties 00:07:02
    5. Brainstorming An Animation 00:04:11
    6. Adding Adjustment Layers 00:04:37
    7. Adding Layer Styles 00:06:47
  8. Creating, Editing, And Animating Text
    1. Creating Text Layers 00:06:16
    2. Formatting Text Properties 00:09:46
    3. Adding A Text Animation Preset 00:05:03
    4. Modifying A Text Animation Preset 00:05:29
    5. Saving A Text Animation Preset 00:05:25
    6. Beyond Presets: Creating Your Own Text Animators 00:06:27
    7. Creating And Animating Text On A Path 00:06:53
  9. Creating, Editing, And Animating Shapes
    1. Understanding Shape Layers 00:06:28
    2. Creating Simple Shapes 00:08:03
    3. Creating Custom Shapes With The Pen Tool 00:08:09
    4. Creating Shapes From Imported Illustrator Files And Text 00:03:59
    5. Working With Shape Animators 00:06:30
  10. Creating, Editing, And Animating Masks
    1. Understanding Mask Properties 00:04:56
    2. Creating Masks With The Shape Tools 00:04:54
    3. Creating Custom Masks With The Pen Tool 00:04:02
    4. Animating Mask Paths 00:06:19
  11. Using Track Mattes - Stencils And Silhouettes
    1. Creating Track Mattes 00:04:14
    2. Matting Multiple Layers With A Stencil Or Silhouette 00:04:02
  12. Rotoscoping Footage With The Roto Brush
    1. Masking Objects With The Roto Brush 00:07:36
    2. Adjusting Roto Brush Options 00:04:14
  13. Creating 3D Layers From 2D Content
    1. Understanding And Working In 3D Space 00:06:41
    2. Animating Layer Transform: 3D Position 00:06:28
    3. Animating Layer Transform: 3D Rotation 00:06:30
    4. Using Layer Snapping In 3D Space 00:06:37
  14. Creating And Animating Cameras
    1. Understanding And Creating Cameras 00:05:33
    2. Editing And Animating Camera Transform Properties 00:05:55
    3. Controlling A Cameras Depth Of Field 00:06:30
  15. Creating And Animating Lights
    1. Adding Lights To A Composition 00:07:06
    2. Creating And Controlling Shadows 00:07:25
    3. Animating Light Properties 00:06:23
  16. Creating And Animating 3D Objects With Cinema 4D Lite
    1. Creating A New Cinema 4D Project File 00:07:39
    2. Texturing And Lighting 3D Objects In Cinema 4D Lite 00:07:36
    3. Using The AE Camera With Cinema 4D Files 00:06:20
    4. Exporting 3D Data From After Effects - Part 1 00:08:45
    5. Exporting 3D Data From After Effects - Part 2 00:07:27
  17. Working With Green Screen Footage
    1. Creating And Animating A Garbage Matte 00:04:25
    2. Adding Keylight And Refining The Matte 00:08:28
  18. Stabilizing Video Footage
    1. Using The Warp Stabilizer VFX 00:03:18
    2. Understanding And Adjusting Warp Stabilizer VFX Properties 00:05:37
  19. Motion Tracking Video Footage
    1. Setting Up A Motion Track 00:05:40
    2. Adjusting Your Tracker Options 00:05:48
    3. Applying Tracker Position Data 00:06:00
  20. Using The 3D Camera Tracker
    1. Applying The 3D Camera Tracker Effect 00:04:50
    2. Compositing 3D Layers 00:07:26
    3. Performing A Basic Screen Replacement 00:07:47
  21. Using Basic Expressions And Scripts
    1. Understanding Expressions And Scripts 00:06:33
    2. Using The loopOut Expression 00:08:14
    3. Expressions Everyone Can Use 00:07:50
    4. Using Expressions To Link Properties 00:07:19
  22. Using The Graph Editor: Beyond Easy Easing
    1. Understanding The Graph Editor: Value Graph Vs. Speed Graph 00:05:14
    2. Creating Acceleration And Deceleration 00:07:05
  23. Outputting Your Project
    1. Rendering Your Timeline: Using The Render Queue 00:06:52
    2. Rendering Your Timeline: Using Adobe Media Encoder 00:05:20
    3. Backing Up Your Project Using The Collect Files Command 00:04:29
  24. Assets
    1. How Our Assets Were Created 00:04:53
  25. Conclusion
    1. Wrap Up And Additional Resources 00:12:17