After Effects

Adobe After Effects course at Crater VFX Training Center is developed to teach you how to use this comprehensive tool for creating motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia, and the Web.

After Effects is a robust software that is capable of creating almost any video effect out there. You'll learn all of the basics, intermediate, and some advanced techniques, from working with shapes, text, 2D animation to green screen, integration of video effects with live footage, 3D and camera.

This course is perfect for anyone who wants to learn After Effects from the scratch no matter are you brand new to After Effects whereas you have experience with some software within Adobe palette or you are already working in video production and entertainment industry.


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Basic information:

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course duration: 5 weeks
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requirements:  basic computer skills
                      Digital Image Editing and Creation*
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prices for international students click here        

prices for home students click here 
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      *or  equivalent computer skills  
    **price based on minimum 5 participants
    
Online application send here>

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Course program:

Beginning


  • After Effects workflow
  • Starting a new composition
  • Importing footage
  • Basic tools
  • Basic layer transformations
  • The timeline
  • Pre-comps  
  • Project optimization

Animation


  • What are Keyframes?
  • Animation of basic layer properties
  • Creating and animating a matte painting in Photoshop and After Effects
  • Inverse kinematic animation with DUIK 
  • Puppet tool 
  • 3D layers and animations

Shapes


  • Working with Shapes
  • Creating Shapes with Mask tool
  • Editing a Mask
  • Using the Pen tool
  • Mask animations
  • Working with shape layers 


3D

  • Introduction to 3D
  • 3D animations
  • 3D layers  
  • 3D cameras and camera animations
  • Using the Camera tool
  • Intro to Cinema 4D


Green Screen

  • Introduction to green screen
  • Keylight 1.2 Effect
  • Adding a background
  • Rotoscoping
  • Using Mocha in After Effects
  • Compositing


Effects

  • Text - preset animations
  • Fractal noise
  • Trapcode particular 
  • Utilizing effects and presets 
  • Transfer modes
  • Motion tracking
  • Stabilization 
  • Working with Lights 
  • Smoke, fire and explosions 


Timing

  • Time - freeze frame
  • Time - stretch & reverse time
  • Time – remapping
  • Retiming Footage


Motion Graphics

  • Logo animation in After Effects
  • Creating an illustrated title sequence in Photoshop and After Effects
  • Integrating motion graphics with live-action footage
  • Integrating titles and graphics into footage 
  • Animating a logo with particles 
  • Bringing photographs to life with 3D layering 
  • Kinetic typography


Tip & Tricks

  • Exporting from After Effects - best quality for YouTube and Vimeo
  • Exporting with a transparent background
  • Getting a job with After Effects
  • Rendering tips

Q&A
 
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Literature:

Fridsma, Lisa and Gyncild, Brie, Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book, Adobe Press, San Francisco, USA, 2015
Okun, A. Jeffrey and Zwerman, Susan, The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, Focal Press Publishing, Burlington, MA, USA, 2010

* all literature is available to students at the Crater VFX Training Center library
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Certificate:

Upon completion of the course students will receive the Crater VFX Training Center Certificate.

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