These instructional videos hosted by Steve Holmes, an award-winning British designer and animator, are indispensable for learning the basics of the industry-standard tool for motion graphics and special effects design and production. With over 14 hours of indexed tutorials, you will learn incredible ways to control key frames, use parenting and time remapping, understand and use powerful masking and blending modes, create mattes, and use adjustment layers to add complex, yet simple, impact to your animations.
Bonus Material With the purchase of this training product, you will receive 5 high res clips valued over $150, courtesy of 12 Inch Design. Sample clips are drawn from the ProductionBlox motion graphics library. This library contains 280 royalty free general purpose animated backgrounds with matching elements, and 40 animated mattes.
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Lesson 1 - THE GRAND TOUR (38 min) 1. Applying a Mask & Transforming the Properties 2. Keyframing & Easy Ease 3. Layer Effects & Motion Blur 4. Animating & Organizing Layers in the Timeline 5. Working with Video & Track Mattes 6. Inserting & Animating a Text Layer 7. Completing the Animation
Lesson 2 - THE PROJECT PANEL & WORKSPACES (24 min) 1. Navigating the Interface 2. Customizing, Saving & Loading Workspaces 3. Using the New Maximize Feature 4. Opening & Closing Windows & Projects 5. Working within the Project Panel 6. Organizing Files in the Project Panel 7. Tips for Utilizing the Project Panel 8. Adjusting the Working Color Space
Lesson 3 - THE NEW & POWERFUL COMP PANEL (59 min) 1. Adjusting the Composition Settings 2. Creating a Comp from Existing Footage 3. Creating a Comp from Stills 4. Working with Multiple Composition Viewers 5. Using the Zoom & Scroll Tools 6. Changing the Preview Size 7. Splitting the Composition Viewer 8. Changing the View Options 9. Selecting Composited Layers 10. Using the Snapshot Feature to Store Frames in Memory 11. .e New Color Channel Viewing Options 12. Adjusting the Viewer Resolution & Pixel Aspect Ratio 13. Exploring the Flow Chart Option
Lesson 4 - THE TIMELINE & PREVIEWING (56 min) 1. Importing Footage 2. Fitting an Image into the Comp Window 3. Snapping the Position of Layers in the Timeline 4. Introducing the AV Panel in the Timeline 5. Labeling, Selecting Label Color & Arranging Layers 6. Renaming Layers in the Timeline 7. Hiding Layers with the Shy Switch 8. Using the Quality & Effects Switches 9. Applying Motion Blur 10. Zooming, Viewing Switches, Modes & Duration Columns 11. Moving the Time Indicator & Applying Markers 12. Positioning & Trimming Layers Using Markers 13. Previewing Audio & Setting Up a RAM Preview 14. Setting Up a Work Area & a Region of Interest
Lesson 5 - IMPORTING & ORGANIZING FOOTAGE (53 min) 1. Using Adobe Bridge 2. Importing Movies & Sequences with Bridge 3. Interpreting Alpha Channels 4. Importing Adobe Photoshop(R) Files 5. Interpreting a Photoshop Sequence 6. Using Edit Original & Importing Layer Effects 7. Exploring Importable Layer Effects 8. Creating a Photoshop File in After Effects 9. Importing Adobe Illustrator(R) Files 10. Using Placeholders & Proxies 11. Proxies & the Render Queue 12. Working with Camera Raw Files 13. Using a Proxy with Camera Raw Files
Lesson 6 - VIDEO STANDARDS & THE CLIP PANEL (21 min) 1. Composition Settings & Pixel Aspect Ratio 2. Fixing Interlaced Video Issues 3. Solving 3:2 Pulldown Issues 4. Making Insert & Overlay Edits 5. Working with Split Layers & Extracting a Work Area
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