Adobe After Effects CS3: Advanced

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official Adobe Curriculum
Code MT005

This course has been retired in favour of the CS4 and CS5 versions.

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OVERVIEW OF FEATURES (4 topics)

  • Optimising your system
  • Finding ways to speed up previews
  • Using different resolutions
  • Using Adobe Clip Notes

ADVANCED LAYER TECHNIQUES (7 topics)

  • Using the Interpret Footage dialog effectively
  • Parent and child relationships
  • Using Null layers
  • Understanding the Anchor Point
  • Using different blending modes
  • Advanced text animation
  • Using the Puppet tool

WORKING WITH COMPOSITIONS (6 topics)

  • Nesting comps
  • Pre-rendering comps
  • Pre-composing layers
  • Setting comp proxies
  • Importing Photoshop and Illustrator comps
  • Rendering order issues

USING MASKS (7 topics)

  • Animating masks
  • Using stencils and silhouettes
  • Using RotoBezier masks
  • Auto-tracing alpha channels
  • Importing masks from Photoshop
  • Creating Track Mattes
  • Using Keylight for bluescreen and greenscreen mattes

GENERATING PROFESSIONAL SPECIAL EFFECTS (9 topics)

  • Motion tracking
  • Motion stablisation
  • Image stablisation
  • Using colour keying
  • Using the Difference Matte effectively
  • Using a Garbage Matte
  • Using Vector Paint
  • Advanced keying and warping tools
  • Colour management tools

WORKING IN 3D SPACE (6 topics)

  • Creating a layer in 3D space
  • 3D text animations
  • Creating complex shapes
  • Understanding the limitations of 2D planes in 3D space
  • Using lights and cameras
  • Using Nulls to control cameras

USING EXPRESSIONS (4 topics)

  • Why expressions are useful
  • Creating expressions to slave other layers
  • Expressions vs. Parent and Child
  • Transferring properties in equations

RENDERING COMPS (5 topics)

  • The different Codecs in Quicktime
  • Rendering effectively and quickly
  • Understanding field order
  • Rendering using Alpha channels
  • Rendering to create a comp proxy

AN INTRODUCTION TO PARTICLE PLAYGROUND (2 topics)

  • A guide to effects in After Effects
  • 3D channel effects

USING SOUND IN AFTER EFFECTS (2 topics)

  • Adding and previewing sound
  • Using sound markers to synchronise action

HINTS AND TIPS (1 topic)

  • Creating PDF video files

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