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Adobe After Effects

In this course you will learn to animate, alter, and composite media through the use of various tools and special plugins. After Effects is the industry-standard software for motion-graphics pros, web designers and visual effect artists for video editing. Both beginners and intermediate users will benefit from this course.

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9 Hrs 6 Min
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29 On-demand Videos
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After Effects is a Motion Media, Compositing, Animation, and Special Effects software. It can be complicated to use, but once you get the hang of it it’s very powerful.

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Key Term Knowledge Base: Key Terms Related to Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a powerful tool used for creating motion graphics and visual effects in video production. Understanding key terms associated with this software is crucial for anyone looking to master or work effectively with After Effects. These terms will help you navigate the interface, understand tutorials, and communicate your ideas more effectively with others in the field.

TermDefinition
After EffectsA digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application used in the post-production process of film making, video games, and television production.
Composition (Comp)The main working space in After Effects where media elements are combined and animations are created.
LayerAn individual element in a composition, which can be text, video, images, or solid color.
KeyframeA frame where a new value is assigned to a property, creating a point of change in animation.
TimelineThe part of the interface where layers and their properties are animated over time.
Pre-ComposingThe process of nesting a composition within another composition to manage complex animations more efficiently.
3D LayerA layer that exists in three-dimensional space, allowing for movement and animation along the X, Y, and Z axes.
EffectA digital effect that can be applied to a layer to create various visual alterations.
MaskA tool used to hide or reveal parts of a layer.
ParentingA technique to link layers so that the child layer follows the transformations of the parent layer.
Puppet ToolA tool used for adding deformable mesh to images or shapes for complex animations.
RenderingThe process of creating the final output of your composition for playback or export.
Anchor PointThe point around which layers rotate or scale.
OpacityThe transparency level of a layer.
Motion BlurA visual effect that simulates the blur or streaking seen in fast-moving objects.
Shape LayerA vector-based layer that can be used to create geometric shapes within a composition.
Text LayerA layer used specifically for adding text to compositions.
Adjustment LayerA layer that applies effects to all layers below it in the composition.
ExpressionsA line of code used to create dynamic relationships between layer properties.
PluginAn add-on software that expands the capabilities of After Effects.
Frame Rate (fps)The number of frames displayed per second in a video.
ResolutionThe number of pixels in each dimension that can be displayed.
RAM PreviewA preview method in After Effects for playing back animation smoothly by preloading frames into RAM.
RotoscopingThe process of manually altering film or video footage one frame at a time.
Track MatteA layer that controls the visibility of another layer.
Null ObjectAn invisible layer that can be used to control the animation of other layers.
Particle SystemA type of effect used to simulate fuzzy phenomena like smoke, sparks, or dust.
Vector GraphicsGraphics based on mathematical equations, allowing for scalability without loss of resolution.
Alpha ChannelA channel that represents the transparency level of an image.
Bezier CurveA curve defined by mathematical equations, used in motion paths and shape creation.
Chroma KeyingThe process of removing a specific color (usually green or blue) from a video to overlay another image or video.
Color CorrectionThe process of altering and enhancing the color of a video.
Time RemappingA technique for changing the speed of a clip, including reversing it or slowing it down.
Dynamic LinkA feature that allows seamless integration between After Effects and other Adobe software like Premiere Pro.
Graph EditorA tool used to visually edit the speed and value changes over time for any animatable property.
Motion TrackingThe process of tracking the movement of an object within footage.
Z-DepthA term referring to the third dimension in 3D space, used in positioning and animating layers.
Blend ModesModes that determine how a layer visually interacts with the layers beneath it.
FootageAny video, image, or audio file imported into After Effects for use in a composition.
WorkspaceThe arrangement of panels and frames in the After Effects interface.
Bounce ExpressionAn expression in After Effects used to create a bouncing effect for an animated object.
Ease and WizzA script used for creating more natural and sophisticated animation interpolations.
TimecodeA sequence of numeric codes generated at regular intervals by a timing synchronization system, used for synchronization and identification.

Knowing these terms will not only enhance your understanding of After Effects but also equip you with the language needed to explore its vast capabilities. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, these terms are fundamental to mastering the art of digital animation and visual effects.

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Adobe After Effects - Legacy Course Content

Module 1: Introduction to After Effects

  •    1.1 Introduction
  •    1.2 What is After Effects?
  •    1.3 Creating a New Project in After Effects
  •    1.4 Creating and Animating Primitive Shapes Demo - Part1
  •    1.5 Creating and Animating Primitive Shapes Demo -Part2
  •    1.6 Simply Bouncing Ball Demo -Part1
  •    1.7 Simply Bouncy Ball Demo - Part2
  •    1.8 Complex Bouncy Ball Demo - Part1
  •    1.9 Complex Bouncing Ball Demo - Part2
  •    1.10 Exporting from After Effects
  •    1.11 Curves Editor Demo
  •    1.12 Importing Footage - Part1
  •    1.13 Importing Footage - Part2
  •    1.14 Parenting - Part1
  •    1.15 Parenting - Part2

Module 2: Intermediate Effects and Techniques in After Effects

  •    2.1 3D Layers and Cameras Demo - Part1
  •    2.2 3D Layers and Cameras Demo - Part2
  •    2.3 Animating Text Demo - Part1
  •    2.4 Animating Text Demo - Part2
  •    2.5 Animating Text Demo - Part3
  •    2.6 Animating Text Demo - Part4
  •    2.7 Importing and Syncing Audio
  •    2.8 Particles Demo - Part1
  •    2.9 Particles Demo - Part2
  •    2.10 Lights Demo
  •    2.11 Common Effects in After Effects

Module 3: More Advanced Effects and Techniques in After Effects

  •    3.1 Puppet Building Demo - Part1
  •    3.2 Puppet Building Demo - Part2
  •    3.3 Puppet Building Demo - Part3
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Your Training Instructor

Dana Corrigan

Dana Corrigan

Animation Professor and Freelancer

Dana Corrigan is a 2D animation professor and freelance animator/illustrator whose work includes TV Pilots, E-Cards, Motion Graphics, animated short films, and developing pitch books and presentations for cartoon shows.  She has an MFA in Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design and has been teaching at the university level since 2011.

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