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After Effects 4.1: Intermediate (Win)
Adobe Training Overview

Students will learn compositing and animation in one of the most powerful motion graphics software packages available. Intermediate After Effects teaches students to examine and identify basic elements in the After Effects work environment. They will learn to animate a bouncing ball, composite video and still images, composite multiple clips into a video composition, and create animated text. They will also learn the full capabilities of the Render Queue window.

Adobe Training Prerequisites

The After Effects 4.1 Introduction 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 one of the most powerful motion graphics packages in the industry today. The compositing and animation techniques they will learn in this course provide a foundation in industry standard motion graphics theory and practice

Target Student

Students enrolling in this course should be acquainted with After Effects and have a basic understanding of 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.
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 sophisticated animation and keyframe techniques.
  • Create an animated After Effects project incorporating traditional animation style to produce convincing motion.
  • Composite video clips inside one another and with still images.
  • Understand the relationship between Photoshop and After Effects as well as import and use a layered Photoshop file as a comp.
  • Identify, understand, and utilize different rendering, compression, and output methods
What"s Next

Students who want to learn advanced features can take Advanced After Effects.

Adobe Training Course duration

1 Day

Adobe Training Course outline

Lesson 1: The After Effects Environment
  • Resetting After Effects Preferences
  • Name Your Project File and Import a Footage Item into the Project Window
  • Set Up a Composition and examine the Comp Window
  • Examining the Time Layout Window
Lesson 2: Animation and Keyframe Techniques
  • Identifying Types of Keyframes
  • Creating Position Keyframes and Previewing Your Composition
  • Modifying the Ball to Simulate Impact
  • Adjusting the Motion Path
  • Duplicating the Layers
Lesson 3: Compositing Video in Video
  • Opening a New Project and Composition, and Importing Video Clips
  • Dragging Footage Items into the Comp window
  • Using the Time Stretch Command and Frame Blending to Change the Duration of the Layers
  • Setting Keyframes and Animating the Scale of the Video Layers
  • Adding Bevel Edges, Adding Drop Shadows, and Rendering the Project
Lesson 4: Compositing Video and Still Images
  • Pre-composing the Video Layers
  • Pre-composing the Video Layer with the Still Photo and Animating the Scale of the Pre-comp Layer
  • Exporting the Movie Directly to QuickTime without Using the Render Queue
Lesson 5: Working with Photoshop Comps
  • Starting a New Project and Importing a Photoshop File that Contains Multiple Layers and Clipping Groups
  • Animating the Scale and Rotation Properties of the Text
  • Applying Motion Blur to the Letter Layers, and Opening the Source Footage of a Nested Comp
  • Animating the Position of the Texture Layer and the Opacity of the Glass Layer
  • Pre-composing the Letter Layers, Adding and Animating a Drop Shadow, and Rendering the Project
Lesson 6: Using the Rendering Queue and Choosing Compression Options
  • Adding an Item to the Render Queue, and Examining the Render Queue Window
  • Changing Render Settings and Creating a Render Settings Template
  • Changing the Output Module Settings and Create an Output Module Template
  • Choosing QuickTime Compression Settings


 
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