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After Effects 4.1: Advanced (Windows)
Adobe Training Overview

Students will learn advanced-level compositing and animation in one of the most powerful motion graphics software packages available.

Adobe Training Prerequisites

The After Effects 4.1 Intermediate course or equivalent knowledge.

Delivery Method

Instructor-led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

Benefits

Students will learn to effectively use Adobe After Effects. The compositing and animation techniques they will learn in this course provide advanced level skills in motion graphics theory and practice

Target Student

Students enrolling in this course should have an intermediate level understanding of After Effects and have a strong background in the concepts of animation and compositing.

Hardware/Software Requirements

You will need

  • Intel Pentium processor.
  • Microsoft Windows 98 or later version, or Windows NT 4.0 or later.
  • At least 64 megabytes (MB) of Random Access Memory (RAM) for Windows 98 and at least 128 for Windows NT.
  • At least 80 MB of free hard disk space to install After Effects. You’ll need additional space to work with larger files.
  • 16 bit (or greater) color display adapter.
  • CD-ROM drive.
  • Apple QuickTime 3.0 (or later) - included on your After Effects 4.1 CD.
  • Recommended:
  • Pentium II or multiprocessor system (Windows NT only).
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 (or later).
  • 128 MB or more of RAM.
  • 500 MB or larger hard disk.
  • Video capture card.
  • 24 bit (or greater) color display adapter.
  • Sound card.
  • Double speed (or faster) CD-ROM drive.
See your reference manual for hardware considerations that apply to your specific hardware setup.

In addition, you will need printers if you want to print the images created in the course
Performance-Based Objectives

Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Define and identify special effects, compositing, and animation concepts.
  • Understand and use advanced animation, keyframe, and compositing techniques.
  • Create an animated After Effects project incorporating layer masks and synchronized audio.
  • Apply effects to masked layers, create track mattes, and use Time Remapping to create special effects in a video layer.
  • Use different types of keying to create transparent areas in a video layer.
  • Use the Motion Tracker Keyframe Assistant, and animate a background, in a color-keyed composition.
What"s Next

After Effects 4.1: Introduction is the first course in this series. After Effects 4.1: Intermediate is the next course in the series. After Effects 4.1: Advanced is the final course in this series.

Adobe Training Course duration

1 Day

Adobe Training Course outline

Lesson 1: Working with Masks and Synchronized Audio
  • Using Context Menus to Import Footage Items, and Setting Preferences to Preview Audio
  • Examining the Audio Waveform and Setting Layer Markers
  • Creating and Animating Mask Shapes in the Layer Window
Lesson 2: Applying Effects to Masked Layers and Creating Track Mattes
  • Creating Layer Masks
  • Applying Effects to the Masked Layers and Precomposing the Layers into a Nested Comp
  • Using Illustrator Files as Track Mattes, and Applying Effects to the Video Layers
  • Applying Effects to the Track Mattes to add Separation and Depth, and Rendering the Movie
Lesson 3: Time Remapping
  • Freezing the First or Last Frame of Video in a Layer
  • Varying the Speed of Motion in the Video Layer
  • Freezing Motion in the Middle of the Layer’s Duration
  • Making the Motion in the Video Layer Run Backward, then Accelerate Forward
Lesson 4: Applying a Video Transition as a Track Matte
  • Video Transitions as Track Mattes
  • Adjusting Layer Modes and Creating Luma Mattes
  • Applying Effects and Creating a Drop Shadow in the Track Matte Layers
Lesson 5: Creating Transparency Using Keying Effects
  • Customizing Preference Settings and Creating a Timecode Effect
  • Creating a Timecode Effect
  • Using the Luma Key Effect
  • Using the Color Key Effect
Lesson 6: Animating a Background and Applying Effects in the Color Key Composition
  • Importing a Photoshop File to Use as an Animated Background
  • Creating the Lens Flare QuickTime Movie
  • Using the Motion Tracker Keyframe Assistant
  • Importing a Project, Copying the Motion Keyframes, and Adding a Drop Shadow
Lesson 7: Managing Projects in After Effects
  • Organizing Your Project with Flowchart View
  • Understanding and Changing Default Rendering
  • Prerendering Nested Compositions and Editing Nested Compositions
  • Understanding Interlaced and Non-Interlaced Video, and Interpreting Footage in After Effects
  • Methods for Working More Efficiently


 
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