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After Effects Advanced

Take your After Effects skills to the next level with this advanced course at Training Connection. Learn motion tracking, particle simulation, advanced 3D, masking techniques, and more. Ideal for experienced After Effects users looking to elevate their video production skills.

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  • $995
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  • 915 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
  • 14 hours over 2 sessions

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Class Description


What you'll learn in this after effects class:

This class covers topics such as Motion tracking, Particle simulation, advanced 3D, advanced Masking, Roto Brush Tool, Puppet Tools, Time-warp / Time-lapse simulations and more.

Target Audience: This class is aimed at existing After Effects users who need to take their video production to a higher level. Students should have already completed After Effects Fundamentals or have the equivalent experience. Training available on both Mac and PC platforms.

Detailed Course Outline

Unit 1: Camera Work Flows

  • After Effects Cameras: Not your Daddy’s DSLR
  • Creating Cameras and setting Camera properties
  • Camera cuts, rack focus, and other classic Camera moves
  • Animating Cameras on a path
  • Creating Flythroughs
  • Managing Cameras, Lights, and shadow
  • The power of Camera rigging
  • Camera power linking

Unit 2: Advanced Compositing Techniques

  • Understanding A Over B
  • Blend Modes and Mask Modes
  • Pre-Rendering and other techniques
  • Render Order and Priorities
  • Optimizing Projects: Global vs Persistent Cache
  • Edges on Camera and the Real World

Unit 3: Keying Techniques

  • Understanding blue and green screen chroma keys
  • Tips for shooting green screen footage
  • Using the Keylight effect
  • Procedural mattes for the lazy
  • Hi-con mattes
  • Key Cleaner for poorly-lit footage
  • Linear Keying effects
  • Third Party Keying Suites

Unit 4: Stabilization and Tracking

  • About stabilization and tracking
  • Using the Warp Stabilizer VFX feature
  • Single-point and multi-point motion tracking
  • Motion tracking with Mocha planar data
  • Other tracking techniques
  • 3D Camera tracking
  • Shadow catchers
  • Null objects

Unit 5: The Art of Rotoscoping

  • About rotoscoping
  • Classic rotoscoping workflows
  • Using the Roto Brush Tool
  • Creating and refining Roto Brush segmentation boundaries
  • Using the Refine Edge Tool
  • Freezing and unfreezing Roto Brush data
  • Articulated Mattes
  • Refining Mattes: Feather, Track
  • The legacy Paint Tools: painting, cloning, and erasing
  • Roto like a Jedi: Hot core energy effects

Unit 6: Particle Effects

  • About particle simulation
  • After Effects' particle generators
  • The Particle Playground effect
  • The CC Particle Systems II effect
  • Customizing particle properties
  • Additional particle effects and techniques
  • Popular third-party particle effects

Unit 7: Color Correction and Color Grading

  • Enterprise-based color workflows
  • Histograms and Channels: Using the Lumetri scopes
  • Using the Lumetri Color Effect and the Lumetri Color panel
  • Adjusting levels and exposure
  • Adjusting color balance and saturation
  • Legalizing Luma/Color for Broadcast
  • Additional color correction options
  • Cinematic color grading

Unit 8: BONUS TRACK - Puppet Tools Distortions

  • About the Puppet Tools
  • Adding Deform pins
  • Animating pin positions
  • Stiffening with the Starch Tool
  • Recording deformations
  • Acting it out with Adobe Character Animator

Unit 9: BONUS TRACK - Advanced Color Options

  • Understanding HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Linear HDR Compositing: Lifelike
  • Linear LDR Compositing
  • Color Management and LUTs

Note: Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class. 

School Notes:

Please note: Free retake/refresher should be coordinated directly with the school

Refund Policy

All cancellations and rescheduling requests must be made in writing and emailed to [email protected]

  • Rescheduling requests made 9 business days before the commencement of the training are free.
  • Rescheduling that takes place within 9 business days of the commencement of the training will incur a $150 administration fee.
  • We do not charge for student substitutions at any time.

We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations.

While we make every effort to deliver classes as scheduled, we reserve the right to reschedule previously confirmed classes for a variety of reasons including but not exclusively, the illness of the Trainer. In such cases, we will endeavor to inform the Client as soon as possible of the new training dates. We are not liable for any additional expenses incurred as a result of rescheduling training.

We are not able to offer refunds for no-shows or uncompleted courses.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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