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Adobe After Effects CS3 Tutorial


Adobe® After Effects® is the essential tool for creating motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, DVD, and the Web. After Effects provides the speed, precision, and power to be visually innovative, yet still meet production challenges, with the utmost quality. Whether you want to color correct footage, add special effects or even generate exciting motion graphics, After Effects can do it all. In this VTC course, Dwayne Ferguson, a professional animator and television art director, will show users step by step, how to get the most out of this powerful application. Users will learn the interface, cameras and lighting, animation and more. Two exciting projects at the end of the course will help reinforce skills. Work Files are included. To begin learning Adobe After Effects CS3, simply click on one of the lessons.

Introduction

About After Effects
New in After Effects CS3
System Requirements
Peripheral Devices

Interface

The Workspace
Project Settings
Panels
Custom Workspaces
Previews
Safe Zones
Folders
Templates
He|p

Footage

File Types
Import Movies
Import Stills
Image Sequences

Compositions

Understanding Comps
Composition Panel
Precomps
Layers
Align and Distribute
Adjustment Layers
Alpha Channels
Planning Scenes

Parent and Nest

Parent Objects
Null Objects
Nesting
Render Order

Animation

The Timeline
Keyframes and Timecode
Animating Properties pt. 1
Animating Properties pt. 2
Anchor Point
Presets
Behaviors
Animation Concepts pt. 1
Animation Concepts pt. 2
Motion Paths

Work with Text

Work with Text pt. 1
Work with Text pt. 2
Text Animation
Presets

Special Effects

Solids
Glows
Blurs
Brainstorm
Search Feature
Color Correction
Distortion
Dynamics

Render and Output

Render Settings
Output Options

Keying and Tracking

Track Points
Motion Tracking
Stabilization
Garbage Mattes

Painting and Masks

Paint Tools
Vector Painting
Onion Skinning
Erasing
Blend Modes
Feathering
Opacity
Shapes pt. 1
Shapes pt. 2
Cloning

Work with Audio

Sound Formats
Import Audio
Place Audio
Markers

Puppet Tool

Puppet Tool
Pins
Overlap
Live Recording

Edit Video

Edit Footage
Looping Footage
Time Stretch
Slip Editing
Sequence Layers

3D Space

X Y and Z
Moving in 3D
Lights
Shadows
Cameras
3D Text

Work with CS 3 Applications

Work with Photoshop pt. 1
Work with Photoshop pt. 2
Illustrator Files
Work with Premiere Pro pt. 1
Work with Premiere Pro pt. 2
Work with Flash

Saving and Exporting

Saving Files
Exporting

Advanced Animation

He|pers
Graph Editor
Wiggler
Smoother
Easing
Expressions
Auto-Orient
Motion Sketching

Project: City Life Bumper

Project Overview
Bumper Boards
Bumper Description
Importing Files
City Life pt. 1
City Life pt. 2
City Life pt. 3
City Life pt. 4
City Life pt. 5
City Life pt. 6
City Life pt. 7
City Life pt. 8

Project: Nessie Puppet

Project Overview
Importing
Bubbles
Nessie Puppet
Arranging the Comp
Plants
Rendering

Resources

Magazines
Websites

Wrap Up

Review

Credits

About the Author


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