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This class is aimed at videographers & animators with very little or no experience using Adobe After Effects. This class will take attendees through the wonderful world of motion graphics, with emphasis on text animation & usable effects...

Course Outline
This class is aimed at videographers and animators with very little or no experience using Adobe After Effects. This class will take attendees through the wonderful world of motion graphics, with emphasis on text animation and usable effects that will change the way you look at After Effects. Adobe After Effects CS5 provides a comprehensive set of 2D and 3D tools for compositing, animation and effects that motion-graphic professionals, visual effects artists, web designers and film and video professionals  need. This course teaches you to composite layers in various ways, apply and combine sophisticated visual and audio effects and animate both objects and effects.

Course Outline Lesson 1: Getting to know the Workflow
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Creating a project and importing footage
 Creating a composition and arranging layers
 Adding effects and modifying layer properties
 Animating the composition
 Previewing your work
 Optimizing performance in After Effects
 Rendering and exporting your composition
 Customizing the workspace
 Controlling the brightness of the user interface
 Finding resources for using After Effects
 Checking for updates
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 2: Creating a Basic Animation using Effects and Presets

 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Importing footage using Adobe Bridge
 Creating the composition
 Working with imported Illustrator layers
 Applying effects to a layer
 Applying an animation preset
 Previewing the effects
 Adding transparency
 Rendering the composition
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 3: Animating Text

 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 About text layers
 Creating and formatting point text
 Using a text animation preset
 Animating with scale keyframes
 Animating using parenting
 Animating imported Photoshop text
 Animating text using a path animation preset
 Animating type tracking
 Animating text opacity
 Using a text animator group
 Cleaning up the path animation
 Animating a nontext layer along a motion path
 Adding motion blur
 Exporting to Adobe Flash CS4 Professional
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 4: Working with Shape Layers

 Lesson overview and getting started
 Adding a shape layer
 Creating custom shapes
 Creating stars
 Incorporating video and audio layers
 Applying a Cartoon effect
 Adding a title bar
 Using Brainstorm to experiment
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 5: Animating a Multimedia Presentation

 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Animating the scenery using parenting
 Adjusting an anchor point
 Masking video using vector shapes
 Keyframing a motion path
 Animating additional elements
 Applying an effect
 Creating an animated slide show
 Adding an audio track
 Zooming in for a final close-up
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 6: Animating Layers

 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Simulating lighting changes
 Duplicating an animation using the pick whip
 Animating movement in the scenery
 Adjusting the layers and creating a track matte
 Animating the shadows
 Adding a lens flare effect
 Animating the clock
 Retiming the composition
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 7: Working with Masks

 Lesson overview
 About masks
 Getting started
 Creating a mask with the Pen tool
 Editing a mask
 Feathering the edges of a mask
 Replacing the content of the mask
 Adding a reflection
 Creating a vignette
 Adjusting the color
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 8: Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools

 Lesson overview and getting started
 About the Puppet tools
 Adding Deform pins
 Defining areas of overlap
 Stiffening an area
 Animating pin positions
 Recording animation
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 9: Using the ROTO Brush Tool

 Lesson overview
 About rotoscoping
 Getting started
 Creating a segmentation boundary
 Fine-tuning the matte
 Creating a transition from the full clip to the foreground
 Creating the logo
 Animating text
 Adding a background image
 Adding audio
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 10: Performing Color Correction

 Lesson overview and getting started
 Adjusting color balance
 Replacing the background
 Removing unwanted elements
 Correcting a range of colors
 Warming colors with the Photo Filter effect
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 11: Building 3D Objects

 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Building a 3D object
 Working with a null object and 3D text
 Creating a backdrop for 3D animation
 Nesting a 3D composition
 Adding a camera
 Completing the scene
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 12: Using 3D Features

 Lesson overview and getting started
 Animating 3D objects
 Adding reflections to 3D objects
 Animating a camera
 Adjusting layer timing
 Using 3D lights
 Adding effects and motion blur
 Previewing the entire animation
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 13: Advanced Editing Techniques

 Lesson overview and getting started
 Using motion stabilization
 Using single-point motion tracking
 Using multipoint tracking
 Creating a particle system
 Retiming playback using the Timewarp effect
 Review questions and answers

Lesson 14: Rendering and Ouputting

 Lesson overview and getting started
 Creating templates for the rendering process
 Creating templates for output modules
 Exporting to different output media
 Review questions and answers

Appendix: Color Management in After Effects CS5

Prerequisites & Certificates

Because of the amount of material we cover in class, we do require students to be comfortable using a mouse, opening and saving files, and the general operation of computers. While we will make every reasonable effort to help, students with insufficient skills may be required to observe the class lessons or do their best to keep up without slowing down the rest of the class.

Certificates offered

Certificate of completion

Cancellation Policy
Our cancellation/reschedule policy requires notification at least 10 business days before the class start date for a full refund. Please note that you are responsible for notifying NTG of your inability to attend class or you will be invoiced for the full payment.

Should you need to cancel in less than 10 business days before the start of the class, you will be given a 100% credit towards a future class that must be taken within 6 months of the start of the original class. If you are not able to reschedule to a future class, you will be charged 50% of the upfront registration fee.

Classes are subject to cancellation by NTG up to two weeks prior to the class date. It is important to keep this in mind before you purchase a non-refundable airline ticket.

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I liked the pace and the "teach then try" style that was used. It was engaging, we weren't listening to long sets of info then trying to remember it and it made the day fly by. I also retained more as I was instantly engaged with trying the skills myself.
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Todd McCall is a passionate, well-informed and thoughtful instructor. His course exceeded my training needs and his commitment to experiential learning is superb! I will definitely take another class if he is the instructor.
Reviewed by 2014
Andrew was a great instructor!
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Good course, absolutely satisfied
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This was a good course to learn the essentials of Captivate as a software program.
Reviewed by 2012
The instructor was great and followed the curriculum as per Adobe's book but Dreamweaver is a beast of a software with a high learning curve. I found that this course just scratched the surface and taught me the basics and that I would need more practice and learning to create a simple website with ease. This is not a criticism of the course really but I felt I would personally benefit from a slightly slower pace and an extra day. I didn't know that at the time as I seemed to follow the instructor's instructions well and it seemed to make sense in the classroom but once I got home I felt a little stuck!
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