Adobe After Effects CS6: Learn by Video
- Copyright 2013
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-84038-0
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-84038-7
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Todd Kopriva has led the Adobe team that creates documentation and training materials for After Effects since version 7.0. Todd spends much of his time helping After Effects users of all levels on various online forums, and he’s often the person answering questions at the "Ask the Expert" station in the Adobe booth at tradeshows. Todd combines a technical understanding of software and computers with a strong desire to help people to create art. video2brain, located in Graz, Austria, is a company focused on producing high-quality video training content for software, photography and programming topics. Crucial to the flexible training are optimized teaching methods, practical tips from well-known industry experts, and the focus on learning by doing with project files. Video2Brain is an Adobe Certified Training Provider.
Angie Taylor studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and had a 14-year career as a motion graphic artist producing animation, visual effects, and motion graphics. Angie delivers software demonstrations and seminars at international trade shows and conferences like NAB, IBC, and Macworld. She has provided custom training and consulting to companies including the BBC, Channel 4, and MTV and is the author of three books, including Design Essentials for the Motion Media Artist.
Todd Kopriva has led the Adobe team that creates documentation and training materials for After Effects since version 7.0. Todd spends much of his time helping After Effects users of all levels on various online forums, and he’s often the person answering questions at the "Ask the Expert" station in the Adobe booth at tradeshows. Todd combines a technical understanding of software and computers with a strong desire to help people to create art.
video2brain, located in Graz, Austria, is a company focused on producing high-quality video training content for software, photography and programming topics. Crucial to the flexible training are optimized teaching methods, practical tips from well-known industry experts, and the focus on learning by doing with project files. Video2Brain is an Adobe Certified Training Provider.
This innovative product from Adobe Press and video2brain combines interactive video and a full--color printed reference to teach the fundamentals of Adobe After Effects CS6. Experienced instructors Todd Kopriva and Angie Taylor present 10 hours of high quality HD video, complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes and review materials. The video is wrapped in a unique interface that allows the viewer to jump to any topic and also bookmark individual sections for later review. The unique Watch--and--Work mode shrinks the video into a small window to allow the student to work alongside in InDesign. Project files used in the lessons are included on the disc so viewers can practice what they’ve learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge. The DVD-ROM is bundled with a printed brook that provides supplemental material to enhance the video training.
This course will not only show you the basics of After Effects, it also teaches you what you'll need to know to take your skills to the next level. The presenters will give you an overview of the workflow and the user interface, and then you will learn how to bring assets into After Effects. They'll explain how to configure After Effects for optimum performance, focusing on the global performance cache and persistent disk cache features added in After Effects CS6. You’ll learn a range of compositing features, including the new variable-width masks and 3D camera tracker features introduced in After Effects CS6, as well as basic masking and color keying. You will discover how to troubleshoot and avoid common problems, and then how to create finished movie files.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A good solid base upon which to build,
This review is from: Adobe After Effects CS6: Learn by Video (Paperback)I get many emails asking for the best way to begin learning a new software such as After Effects. My first suggestion is to start with a training video for the software of your choice. This is especially true for a robust and complex software such as After Effects CS6.
I found After Effects to be intimidating in spite of my strong Adobe Flash background but the Adobe After Effects CS6 Learn by Video training course from video2brain gave me a good solid base upon which to build. The authors Todd Kopriva and Angie Taylor share the instruction with Kopriva covering the technical aspects of the software and Taylor covering the creative.
The authors start with a short history of the After Effects software leading to what's new in version CS6. With a panel-by-panel tour of the user interface, you are introduced to the basic project workflow and terminology.
Next, you learn what makes up a basic composition and how to build your own comps from scratch. You... Read more
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This review is from: Adobe After Effects CS6: Learn by Video (Paperback)Being fairly new to After Effects I really needed a training resource that would start at ground zero but not speak to me like I was a 2nd grader. This DVD delivers in fantastic fashion. It covers all the bases and is structured in such a way that one can navigate through the course sequentially or view particular areas of interest individually. There are plenty of work files if you desire to follow along. Though not completely necessary, I did find it helpful use the work files to create a more hands-on experience. If you have two monitors you'll love having the course on one monitor while you work along on the second monitor.
I was very pleased to see that Video2Brain enlisted the expertise of two top-notch After Effects experts, Angie Taylor And Todd Kopriva. I can't imagine anyone being more knowledgeable about the capabilities and use of After Effects than these two (except perhaps Andrew Kramer from Videocopilot.net). Both of them were easy to follow, though I... Read more
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It is what it is meant to be.,
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This review is from: Adobe After Effects CS6: Learn by Video (Paperback)I have started working through the lessons, it's well laid out and easy to follow. Looking forward to learning all the ins and outs of After Effects.
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Table of Contents
1 Introducing After Effects CS6
1.1 What Is Adobe After Effects and Where Does It Come From?
1.2 Course Introduction
1.3 What’s New in After Effects CS6
1.4 Don’t Worry, It’s Only a Dialog Box
1.5 Basic Workflow and Terminology Overview
2 Interface Tour
2.1 The Project Panel and Flowchart Panel
2.2 The Composition Panel and the Layer Panel
2.3 The Timeline Panel
2.4 The Preview Panel
2.5 The Effects & Presets Panel, Bridge, and the Effect Controls Panel
2.6 Colors, Channels, and Color Bit Depth
2.7 Modifying Preferences and Keyboard Shortcuts
2.8 Configuring the User Interface
3 Creating Compositions and Layers
3.1 Creating Compositions and Changing Composition Settings
3.2 Creating Text with the Character Panel
3.3 Controlling Blocks of Text with the Paragraph Panel
3.4 Creating Shape Layers 3.5 Working with Solids
4 Importing Footage
4.1 Importing Movies
4.2 Importing Still Images and Image Sequences
4.3 Importing Photoshop and Illustrator Files
4.4 Importing Projects
5 Interpreting and Managing Footage
5.1 Interpreting Footage Manually and Automatically
5.2 Fields and Interlacing
5.3 Pixel Aspect Ratios
5.4 Trimming Footage and Layers
6 Animation Basics
6.1 Animating Transform Properties
6.2 Working with Motion Paths
6.3 Using Motion Sketch to Record Motion
7 Fine-Tuning Animation
7.1 Working in the Layer Panel
7.2 Anchor Point Animation
7.3 Keyframe Types
7.4 Keyframe Assistants
7.5 The Graph Editor
8 Animating Text Layers
8.1 Importing Photoshop Text
8.2 Applying Animators
8.3 Combining Animators
8.4 Animation Presets
9 Fun with Shape Layers
9.1 Ways to Create Shapes
9.2 Shape Layers for Text Effects
10 Basic Compositing
10.1 Blending Layers with Blending Modes
10.2 Alpha Channels and Transparency
10.3 Isolating a Subject with a Mask
10.4 Color Keying
10.5 Motion Tracking and Rotoscoping
10.6 The 3D Camera Tracker
11.1 Understanding Effect Categories
11.2 Animating Effect Properties
11.4 Using Compound Effects
11.5 “Fixer” Effects
11.6 Layer Styles
11.7 Effect Presets
11.8 Adjustment Layers (Force Motion Blur)
12.1 Frame Rates
12.2 Time Stretching and Time Remapping
12.3 Slowing Motion, Freezing a Frame, and Reversing Time
13 Grouping and Linking
13.4 Using Nulls
14 introduction to 3d
14.1 Working with 3D Layers
14.2 Axis Modes
14.3 Bending Layers
14.4 Extruding Shapes
14.7 Material Options(Environment Layers)
14.8 Depth of Field
14.9 Environment Layers
15 Memory and Performance
15.1 Setting Up After Effects for Optimum Performance with 64-Bit Systems
15.2 RAM and Disk Caching
16 Render order and Collapsing Transformations
16.1 Standard Render Order and the Transform Effect
16.2 Collapsing Transformations
17 Output Options
17.1 Rendering and Exporting with the Render Queue
17.2 Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder
17.3 Collecting Files
18 Project Explorations and Recap
18.1 Preparing Cinema 4D Projects for After Effects
18.2 Compositing C4D Multipass Renders in After Effects
18.3 Using a Simple Effect and Duplicate Layers for Creative Results
18.4 Using Basic Color Correction and Light Wrap for Compositing
18.5 Closing Thoughts
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