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Adobe After Effects Level 2

at Ascend Training - River North

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$999 5 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Dec 12, 10:00am - Dec 13, 5:00pm Central Time (2 sessions)

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River North, Downtown/Loop
620 N LaSalle Dr
Btwn W Ohio and W Ontario Sts
Chicago, Illinois 60654
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Class Level: Intermediate
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10

What you'll learn in this after effects class:

Adobe After Effects is the industry leader for Video Compositing that allows you to create QuickTime movies for output on the Web, CD ROM, Monitor, or full-motion broadcast quality video for television. You will learn how to mix a number of still images together to create a moving texture. Placing Compositions into other Compositions, using Keyframes & Layers, and Effective Rendering techniques will also be covered. 

Adobe After Effects New Features
  • About the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine 
  • Using Dynamic Link to automatically send sequences without rendering first 
  • Dynamically linking After Effects compositions to Encore projects 
  • Using Content Aware Fill to remove any image detail
Type, Drawing and Painting Tools
  • Working with Alpha Channels 
  • Working with Photoshop: Export sequences from Photoshop and import directly into After Effects 
  • About Adobe Repousse how to create 3D artwork in Photoshop 
  • Working with Illustrator: Importing native .AI files into After Effects retaining all editibility 
  • Formatting characters and the Character panel 
  • Creating dynamic animated titles, lower thirds, credit rolls, and typography 
  • Create photo-realistic or surreal HDR images
  • Use the Roto Brush and Refine Matte to isolate moving elements from backgrounds 
  • Preparing Flash files for broadcast 
Animation Assistants
  • Production Bundle Utilities: Exponential Scale, The Wiggler, Smart Mask 
  • Using Motion Math to create keyframes for layers based on values from a different layer 
  • How Expressions are similar to Motion Math, but remain attached to a parameter 
  • Production Bundle Effects 
  • Compound Effects: Compound Blur, Texturize, and Displacement Map 
  • Keying and Matting in After Effects 
  • Using the Remove Color Matting effect to remove color fringes from layers (Formerly the Unmultiply effect) 
Working with Audio
  • Audio Basics and Effects 
  • Using RAM preview to play video and audio 
  • Manually scrub video and audio 
  • Using the Resolution/Down Sample Factor setting
  • Animation synchronization to audio tracks with layer markers and expressions 
  • Write compressed audio formats like AAC and MP3 for Flash and H.264 video with Adobe Media Encoder 
Time and Tracking
  • Time Remapping 
  • Time Manipulating Effects: Posterize Time, Echo, Time Difference, Time Displacement 
  • Motion Stabilizer and Motion Tracking 
  • Set up, initiate, and apply motion tracking in the After Effects Tracker panel 
  • Working with the Auto-keyframe mode 
  • Motion tracking properties in the Timeline panel and understanding Track Points 
  • Multi Point Tracking 
  • Scale Tracking 
3D Space and Lighting
  • Working in 3D space in After Effects and integration with other 3D applications 
  • Working with cameras and lighting 
  • Using the Z dimension for precise, independent control over animations 
  • Z Scale - offsetting the Anchor Point in 3D 
  • Camera and Orthogonal views 
  • Layer axes - Local, World, and View Axis modes 
  • Working with 3d camera tracker and shadow catcher 
  • 3D Motion Paths and Mixing 2D and 3D layers 
  • Adding lights illuminate 3D layers and to cast shadows
  • Adjusting the Intensity, Cone Angle, Cone Feather, Shadow Darkness and Diffusion 
Format Issues and Rendering
  • Video issues: colorspace, title-safe, action-safe 
  • Field rendering and rendering a composition
  • 3:2 Pulldown 
  • Working with D1/DV NTSC: non-square pixels and widescreen 
  • Working at film resolution and pre-rendering and Proxies
  • Collecting Files
Class Pre-requisite: Attendees must have solid working knowledge of After Effects.

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Refund Policy

All classes need at least 3 students to run. 

A $25 administrative fee will be charged on all refund requests. The request must arrive greater than 72 hours prior to the course start date. No refunds will be provided for requests arriving less than 72 hours prior to the class start date.

Upon receipt of a refund request, students will be provided the option of receiving course credit towards the purchase of another class. If a student elects to receive credit, the administrative fee is not charged, and a voucher for the amount of the applicable class fee will be sent to the student’s email address. If a refund is to be given, the refund will be processed within 72 hours of notice of cancellation.

On occasion, a class may cancel due to low enrollment or unforeseen instructor conflicts. If such a case occurs, all students will be refunded in full. Ascend Training does not take responsibility for non-refundable airline tickets, hotel expenses, or any other costs that may be attributable towards enrolling in a class.


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