With Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS5 Essentials you'll learn the basics from getting started setting up compositions and importing files, to more complex animations, masks, text, and even 3D! You will learn tips and tricks, as well as techniques that you can use to create your own compositions. After Effects is the standard in the industry for compositing and graphics animation - stay competitive and add this skill set to your knowledge.
Lessons: * Learn to create compositions, use Roto Brush and Auto Keyframes * Discover how to use and interpolate masks * Explore how to animate using the text animation engine * Learn to use the parenting capabilities of After Effects * Use the After Effects' 3D engine
Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION TO AFTER EFFECTS 1. Basic Video Concepts 2. Importing Files 3. Project Panel Overview & Arranging a Workspace 4. Creating a New Composition 5. Placing Footage in the Composition 6. Creating a Film Strip Effect with Multiple Movies 7. Timeline Panel Overview 8. Timeline Switches, Time Ruler & Work Area 9. Composition Panel Overview Chapter 2: ANIMATION BASICS 1. Exploring the Transform Properties 2. Introduction to Keyframing 3. Spatial Interpolation 4. Temporal Interpolation 5. Practicing Interpolation 6. Copying & Pasting Keyframes 7. Creating a Loop & Changing the Animation Speed Chapter 3: WORKING WITH MASKS 1. Introduction to Masks 2. Animating Masks 3. Working with Mask Interpolation 4. Using Masks for Position Keyframes 5. Creating a Simple Animation Using Masks Chapter 4: ANIMATING TEXT 1. An Introduction to Text in After Effects 2. Using Text Presets 3. Creating Text on a Path 4. Creating a Preset 5. Animators: Adding a Range Selector 6. Adding Properties to the Same Range Selector 7. Animating Two or More Range Selectors 8. Animators: Adding a Wiggly Selector 9. Working with Photoshop? Text Chapter 5: ANIMATION ASSISTANTS 1. Using Motion Sketch & Smoother 2. Working with Auto-Orient & Split Layer 3. Time Remapping 4. Creating a Picture Montage Chapter 6: PARENTING & BASIC EXPRESSIONS 1. Parenting Basics & Null Objects 2. Using Parenting in a Mechanical Crane Animation 3. Using Parenting to Create a Stacking Ruler Animation 4. Text Animation Based on the CTI Location 5. Introduction to Basic Expressions 6. Wiggle & Looping Expressions 7. Using Expressions to Animate Based on Audio Amplitude Chapter 7: BASIC COMPOSITING 1. Applying Layer Blending Modes 2. Creating a Track Matte 3. Keying & Keylight 4. Compound Effects: Gradient Wipe & Displacement Map 5. Compound Effects: Wave World & Caustics 6. Precomposing & Nesting 7. Rotoscoping with the Roto Brush Chapter 8: PARTICLES & PAINT 1. Introduction to Particle Generators 2. Creating a Chimney & Smoke Animation 3. Introduction to Paint 4. Creating an Invisible Pen Effect with Paint Chapter 9: BASIC EFFECTS 1. Creating Clouds with Fractals 2. Creating a Spinning Globe with CC Sphere 3. Creating a Moving Background with Bezier Warp 4. Colorizing with CC Toner 5. Animating a Stroke with a Lens Flare Chapter 10: INTRODUCTION TO THE 3D ENGINE 1. Introduction to Lights, Cameras & Camera Views 2. Creating 3D Text with Lights & Shadows 3. Animating a 3D Scene 4. A Quick Look at Vanishing Point Chapter 11: RENDERING & EXPORTING 1. Using the Render Queue 2. Other Methods of Exporting 3. Credits