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Adobe After Effects CS5 Course

7hrs (109 Lessons) 2010-11-01

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After Effects CS5 is the latest version of an industry standard special effects application. With new features and tools like the Roto-Brush, Auto-Keyframe Mode, additional Adjustment Layers and more, you will be more productive and creative than ever before. Color correct, animate with the Puppet Tool, turn video into moving cartoons with the Cartoon Effect and more. From motion graphics to television and film visual effects, After Effects can handle it all with style. Professional illustrator, television animation art director and writer Dwayne Ferguson shows you how to get the most out of this powerful software. Learn the interface, cameras and lighting, animation and more. Work files are included. To get started today, simply click on one of the After Effects CS5 movies.

New in After Effects CS5 are a suite of new features that is going to make you happy inside. First for you guys who lucky enough to have the latest and greatest high power computer system, you now have native 64-bits of port, which means you van view up to 4K compositions with no problem and it of course will depend on your system RAM which After Effects chews like bubblegum. So make sure you have a lot of RAM and you'll be able to do lots of great things. You'll also be able to finally have longer RAM previews, which means, when you hit this button right here to see a RAM preview, you can go longer than before. There's also a tool here for those of you who use rotoscoping as a part of your paycheck, you have this tool here called the Roto Brush Tool. And for those of you who are unfamiliar with rotoscoping, it's when you painstakingly remove things from a shot. So let's say Godzilla's in a shot and there's a bunch of buildings back here and of course there's a human being standing here the same height as Godzilla. Well he's not supposed to be there so we have to rotoscope him out, painstakingly. This tool will help alleviate a whole bunch of tears and make getting rid of that person a lot easier. Now in conjunction with this tool is another new feature called Refine Matte which we'll talk about as well. And Refine Matte simply allows us to take the matte that we get with this tool and really tweak them and make them look better. Always remember that this is simply a tool, and it still requires a human touch. So, don't always rely on this to do the best work for you, you have to do something yourself as well. We also have a new Auto-keyframe mode which is really going to be great for people who like to do a lot of animation. There is now support for a Digieffects Freeform which will help turn flat objects into 3D meshes which is really, really cool. There are enhanced color tools, and last but not least, there's a lot of stuff here that we're going to cover in this tutorial and you're going to be blown away by what After Effects can now do for your workflow. So let's go ahead and uh, get started and learn how to use After Effects CS5.  

  • Course: Adobe After Effects CS5
  • Author: Dwayne Ferguson
  • SKU: 34172
  • ISBN: 1-936334-59-3
  • Work Files: Yes
  • Captions: No
  • Subject: Multimedia & Video
  • The first 3 chapters of courses are available to play for FREE (first chapter only for QuickStart! and MasterClass! courses). Just click on the movie link to play a lesson.
Course outline
Introduction

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Interface
The Workspace (03:54)

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Panels (03:00)

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Folders (03:52)

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Previews (04:02)

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Templates (03:27)

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Help (03:45)

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Footage
Import Movies (02:08)

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Import Stills (02:09)

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Image Sequences (02:51)

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Compositions

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Precomps (04:19)

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Layers (04:10)

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Null Objects (02:31)

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Roto-Brush

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Refine Matte (03:50)

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Animation
The Timeline (03:42)

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Keyframes (04:34)

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Properties (04:41)

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Presets (03:42)

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Behaviors (03:14)

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Motion Paths (03:15)

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Graph Editor (04:46)

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Expressions (04:37)

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Digieffects Freeform

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Work with Text

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Presets (03:17)

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Cartoon Effect

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Puppet Tool
Pins (04:51)

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Overlap (03:27)

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Painting & Masks
Paint Tools (04:25)

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Masking (04:12)

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Erasing (03:26)

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Blend Modes (03:44)

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Feathering (03:01)

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Opacity (03:04)

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Key & Track
Track Points (05:18)

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Stabilization (05:01)

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Special Effects
Solids (03:23)

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Brainstorm (05:11)

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Foam (05:11)

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Blurs (04:14)

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Distortion (06:23)

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Dynamics (04:41)

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Audio
Import Audio (04:51)

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Place Audio (03:46)

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Markers (03:03)

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Edit Video
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Loop Footage (04:21)

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Time Stretch (03:41)

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Slip Editing (04:12)

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Split Layers (03:35)

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Work with 3D
X/Y/Z (02:04)

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Moving in 3D (03:36)

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Lights (03:54)

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Shadows (03:43)

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3D Text (03:38)

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3D Layer Import

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CS5 Integration
Illustrator (04:22)

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Photoshop (04:20)

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Flash (04:27)

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Saving & Exporting
Saving Files (03:00)

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Exporting (02:23)

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Render & Output

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Project: Star Crash: Assets

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Assets List (03:58)

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Storyboards (03:22)

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Starfield (04:55)

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Type (06:20)

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Planet (03:36)

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Voiceover (01:57)

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Project: Star Crash: Production
Import Assets (02:53)

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Audio Setup (01:40)

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Fade (04:52)

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Effects pt. 1 (02:37)

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Effects pt. 2 (04:52)

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Credits

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