About Digital Classroom.
Starting Adobe After Effects CS5.
Fonts used in this book.
Resetting Adobe After Effects CS5 preferences.
Loading lesson files.
Working with the video tutorials.
Setting up for viewing the video tutorials.
Viewing the video tutorials.
Lesson 1: Understanding Motion Graphics.
Defi ning motion graphics.
Digital video basics.
Understanding video formats.
Understanding frame rate and resolution.
Lesson 2: Understanding the After Eff ects Interface.
Understanding and working with menus.
Opening an existing After Effects project.
Understanding the After Effects panel system.
After Effects panels.
Understanding the workspace.
Viewing and hiding panels.
Docking and undocking panels.
Saving a custom workspace.
Resetting the workspace.
Setting After Eff ects Preferences.
Changing the default undo levels.
Lesson 3: Media Management—Images, Video, and Audio.
What is Media Management?
Projects, compositions, and layers: an overview.
Creating a new project.
Importing media files.
Organizing the Project panel.
Modifying the column displays.
Creating folders and subfolders.
Previewing stills and video.
Trimming a video clip.
Importing multiple files.
Importing Photoshop and Illustrator files.
Importing image sequences.
Importing After Effects compositions.
Locating missing files.
Using the Interpret Footage dialog box.
Looping an audio or video file.
Using Remember Interpretation.
Using the Collect Files command to consolidate files.
Lesson 4: Animation Workflow.
Understanding the animation workflow.
Creating and working with compositions.
Creating a new composition.
Understanding composition settings.
Importing compositions from Photoshop and Illustrator.
Working with layers.
Understanding the layer switches.
Understanding layer stacking order.
Changing layer names.
Creating Kinestasis by animating the Anchor Point.
Using layer parenting to ease repetition.
Understanding motion paths.
Using layer motion blur.
Adjusting Motion Blur settings.
Using blending modes.
Applying layer styles.
Understanding nested compositions and precomposing.
Adding nested styles.
Creating a fade-in by animating Opacity and Scale.
Lesson 5: Working with Masks, Track Mattes, and Keys.
Working with masks.
Creating masks with the shape tools.
Selecting and manipulating masks.
Animating the position of masks.
Creating freeform masks.
Animating the shape of masks.
Understanding track mattes.
Creating track mattes.
Creating mattes from animated Photoshop files.
Creating a chroma key.
Creating a garbage matte.
Creating a chroma key.
Refining the matte.
Lesson 6: Working with Text.
Setting text properties globally.
Formatting individual characters.
Animating text properties.
Saving an animator as a preset.
Working with text animation presets.
Modifying animation presets.
Creating custom text animators.
Creating a typewriter effect.
Creating text on a path.
Lesson 7: Working with Audio.
Audio in After Effects.
Adding audio files to the Timeline.
Viewing audio file metadata.
Looping audio files.
Animating audio levels.
Working with audio effects.
Using composition markers to set the beat.
Naming composition markers.
Refining the position of composition markers.
Syncing animation to composition markers.
Creating keyframes from audio files.
Lesson 8: Working with 3D in After Effects.
Previewing animation with RAM preview.
Working the 3D capabilities of After Effects.
Creating 3D layers.
Using multiple viewports.
Understanding 3D Transform properties.
Understanding Material Options.
Animating 3D layers.
Creating and using lights.
Understanding light options.
Animating light properties.
Creating and using cameras.
Understanding camera options.
Animating camera properties.
Creating the depth-of-fi eld effect.
Creating a Rack Focus shot.
Working with Live Photoshop 3D.
Importing Live Photoshop 3D effects.
Animating Photoshop 3D compositions.
Adding a Glow and Lens Flare effect.
Lesson 9: Advanced Animation.
Animating with effects.
Applying effects to layers.
Animating effect properties.
Saving animation presets.
Applying and modifying effects presets.
Time-reversing a layer.
Using the Motion Sketch panel to capture motion.
Controlling layer orientation.
Using the Smoother panel to soften movement.
Using the Wiggler panel to add frantic motion.
Create acceleration and deceleration using Easy Easing.
Changing spatial interpolation.
Adding easing to keyframes.
Using squash and stretch to enhance the animation.
Animating with the Graph Editor.
Create a strobing effect using hold interpolation.
Automating animation with expressions.
Adding expressions to properties.
Using the LoopOut( ) expression.
Using the Random( ) expression.
Using the Time property with expressions.
Using the Wiggle( ) expression.
Working with scripts.
Installing and running scripts.
Finding additional scripts.
Using and applying scripts.
Lesson 10: Outputting After Effects Projects.
Rendering files for output.
Understanding the Render Queue.
Adding compositions to the Render Queue.
Adjusting render settings.
Duplicating jobs in the Render Queue.
Creating render templates.
Exporting a project file.
Trimming and cropping compositions.
Rendering an individual frame.
After Eff ects Secondary panels.
Importable media formats.
Still images and image sequences.
Understanding formats and codecs.
Understanding bit rate.
Understanding spatial and temporal compression.
Understanding Video Displays.
Understanding aspect ratio and pixel aspect ratio.
Progressive display versus interlacing.