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Adobe After Effects Cs6: Learn by Video [With DVD] (Learn by Video)


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This innovative product from Adobe Press and video2brain combines interactive video and a full--color printed reference to teach the fundamentals of Adobe After Effects CS6. Experienced instructors Todd Kopriva and Angie Taylor present 10 hours of high quality HD video, complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes and review materials. The video is wrapped in a unique interface that allows the viewer to jump to any topic and also bookmark individual sections for later review. The unique Watch--and--Work mode shrinks the video into a small window to allow the student to work alongside in After Affects. Project files used in the lessons are included on the disc so viewers can practice what they’ve learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge. The DVD-ROM is bundled with a printed brook that provides supplemental material to enhance the video training.

This course will not only show you the basics of After Effects, it also teaches you what you'll need to know to take your skills to the next level. The presenters will give you an overview of the workflow and the user interface, and then you will learn how to bring assets into After Effects. They'll explain how to configure After Effects for optimum performance, focusing on the global performance cache and persistent disk cache features added in After Effects CS6. You’ll learn a range of compositing features, including the new variable-width masks and 3D camera tracker features introduced in After Effects CS6, as well as basic masking and color keying. You will discover how to troubleshoot and avoid common problems, and then how to create finished movie files.

About the Author

Angie Taylor studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and had a 14-year career as a motion graphic artist producing animation, visual effects, and motion graphics. Angie delivers software demonstrations and seminars at international trade shows and conferences like NAB, IBC, and Macworld. She has provided custom training and consulting to companies including the BBC, Channel 4, and MTV and is the author of three books, including Design Essentials for the Motion Media Artist.

Todd Kopriva has led the Adobe team that creates documentation and training materials for After Effects since version 7.0. Todd spends much of his time helping After Effects users of all levels on various online forums, and he’s often the person answering questions at the "Ask the Expert" station in the Adobe booth at tradeshows. Todd combines a technical understanding of software and computers with a strong desire to help people to create art.

video2brain, located in Graz, Austria, is a company focused on producing high-quality video training content for software, photography and programming topics. Crucial to the flexible training are optimized teaching methods, practical tips from well-known industry experts, and the focus on learning by doing with project files. Video2Brain is an Adobe Certified Training Provider.

Table of Contents

1 Introducing After Effects CS6

1.1    What Is Adobe After Effects and Where Does It Come From?

1.2    Course Introduction

1.3    What’s New in After Effects CS6

1.4    Don’t Worry, It’s Only a Dialog Box

1.5    Basic Workflow and Terminology Overview

2 Interface Tour

2.1    The Project Panel and Flowchart Panel

2.2    The Composition Panel and the Layer Panel

2.3    The Timeline Panel

2.4    The Preview Panel

2.5    The Effects & Presets Panel, Bridge, and the Effect Controls Panel

2.6    Colors, Channels, and Color Bit Depth

2.7    Modifying Preferences and Keyboard Shortcuts

2.8    Configuring the User Interface

3 Creating Compositions and Layers

3.1    Creating Compositions and Changing Composition Settings

3.2    Creating Text with the Character Panel

3.3    Controlling Blocks of Text with the Paragraph Panel

3.4    Creating Shape Layers 3.5    Working with Solids

4 Importing Footage

4.1    Importing Movies

4.2    Importing Still Images and Image Sequences

4.3    Importing Photoshop and Illustrator Files

4.4    Importing Projects

5 Interpreting and Managing Footage

5.1    Interpreting Footage Manually and Automatically

5.2    Fields and Interlacing

5.3    Pixel Aspect Ratios

5.4    Trimming Footage and Layers

6 Animation Basics

6.1    Animating Transform Properties

6.2    Working with Motion Paths

6.3    Using Motion Sketch to Record Motion

7 Fine-Tuning Animation

7.1    Working in the Layer Panel

7.2    Anchor Point Animation

7.3    Keyframe Types

7.4    Keyframe Assistants

7.5    The Graph Editor

8 Animating Text Layers

8.1    Importing Photoshop Text

8.2    Applying Animators

8.3    Combining Animators

8.4    Animation Presets

9 Fun with Shape Layers

9.1 Ways to Create Shapes

9.2 Shape Layers for Text Effects

10 Basic Compositing

10.1    Blending Layers with Blending Modes

10.2    Alpha Channels and Transparency

10.3    Isolating a Subject with a Mask

10.4    Color Keying

10.5    Motion Tracking and Rotoscoping

10.6    The 3D Camera Tracker

11 Effects

11.1    Understanding Effect Categories

11.2    Animating Effect Properties

11.3 Brainstorming

11.4    Using Compound Effects

11.5    “Fixer” Effects

11.6    Layer Styles

11.7    Effect Presets

11.8    Adjustment Layers (Force Motion Blur)

12 Time

12.1    Frame Rates

12.2    Time Stretching and Time Remapping

12.3    Slowing Motion, Freezing a Frame, and Reversing Time

13 Grouping and Linking   

13.1 Nesting

13.2    Pre-Composing

13.3   Parenting

13.4    Using Nulls

13.5 Expressions

14 introduction to 3d

14.1    Working with 3D Layers

14.2    Axis Modes

14.3    Bending Layers

14.4    Extruding Shapes

14.5 Cameras

14.6 Lights

14.7    Material Options(Environment Layers)

14.8    Depth of Field

14.9    Environment Layers

15 Memory and Performance

15.1    Setting Up After Effects for Optimum Performance with 64-Bit Systems

15.2    RAM and Disk Caching

16 Render order and Collapsing Transformations

16.1 Standard Render Order and the Transform Effect

16.2 Collapsing Transformations

17 Output Options

17.1    Rendering and Exporting with the Render Queue

17.2    Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder

17.3    Collecting Files

18 Project Explorations and Recap

18.1    Preparing Cinema 4D Projects for After Effects

18.2    Compositing C4D Multipass Renders in After Effects

18.3    Using a Simple Effect and Duplicate Layers for Creative Results

18.4    Using Basic Color Correction and Light Wrap for Compositing

18.5    Closing Thoughts

Product Details

Taylor, Angie
Adobe Press
Kopriva, Todd
Interactive Media
Computers-Reference - General
Graphics-Computer Animation
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Learn by Video
Publication Date:
9.1 x 7.37 x 1.149 in 331 gr

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