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Mon, Dec 16, 9:30am - Dec 19, 4:30pm (4 sessions)

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Santa Monica, California 90404
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 14 and older
Average Class Size: 6

What you'll learn in this after effects class:

This training is an in depth hands-on beginning thru intermediate class combining both level 1 & 2 into an integrated bootcamp. Learn this great tool for creating motion graphics and Hollywood style effects for cinema, broadcast television and web formats. Learn to create rich compositions with video, Photoshop files, Illustrator files, and create motion graphics, motion tracking, masking, advanced 3D & more.


Our Adobe After Effects Bootcamp course is a combination of After Effects Level 1 and After Effects Level 2.

This class is designed to get the beginner student up and running in After Effects and motion graphics and compositing. You will learn beginner through intermediate skills.


Basic Computer Skills & File Management on Windows or Mac

Please bring to class: notebook, pen, thumb drive to bring work home

Course Outline

Real-World Usage of After Effects

  • What is After Effects?
  • What kind of media can it be used to create?
  • What kind of media can be imported into After Effects?
  • The advantages of Adobe product integration
  • A typical After Effects workflow sequence

After Effects Project Management

  • What kind of media output is required?
  • What is the playback format for final output?
  • What restrictions are there for the projects physical window frame size?
  • What restrictions are there for the projects frame rate?
  • What restrictions are there for graphical screen-based assets?

Setting Up an After Effects Project

  • RAM and real-time rendering
  • Setting Preferences
  • Creating a Composition
  • Understanding and navigating the After Effects workspace
  • Working with After Effects Tools

Importing and Manipulating GRAPHICS

  • Importing Photoshop layered files
  • Importing Illustrator layered files
  • Working with layers and properties
  • Animating layer properties
  • Round-trip Editing:Editing graphics using an external editor
  • from within After Effects

Importing and Manipulating VIDEO CLIPS

  • Importing QuickTime movies
  • Video compression issues
  • Time-base issues
  • Frame rate issues
  • Laying video clips into the Time Layout Window
  • Changing video clip properties
  • Animating video clips
  • Superimposing video clips

Importing and Manipulating SOUND

  • Importing Sound
  • Audio compression issues
  • Manipulating sound cues in the Time Layout Window
  • Synching sound to visual events
  • Sound filters
  • Sound processing effects

Creating TEXT and TITLES

  • Importing text as bitmap graphics
  • Creating text within After Effects
  • Editing imported text within After Effects


  • Working with visual effects
  • Working with visual effect transitions

Working with MASKS

  • Transparency in the After Effects environment
  • Understanding alpha channels, masks, mattes, and keying
  • Creating masks in After Effects

Importing and Manipulating PREMIERE

  • Understanding Adobe Premiere
  • Importing Premiere projects into After Effects
  • Editing Premiere files using Premiere as an external editor from within After Effects
  • Editing After Effects files using After Effects as an external editor from within Premiere

Final Project File RENDERING

  • Testing for final export
  • Final file rendering for a variety of output formats
  • Choosing rendering options


  • About keying
  • Changing background color
  • Creating a garbage mask
  • Adding the foreground subject
  • Color Difference Key effect
  • Choking the matte
  • Removing spill
  • Adjusting contrast
  • Background animationTitles
  • Adding animated elements
  • Copying effects across layers

Performing Color Correction

  • Lesson overview
  • Getting started
  • Adjusting color balance
  • Replacing an element of the shot
  • Lightening other dark areas
  • Correcting a range of colors
  • Warming colors with the Photo Filter effect
  • Removing unwanted elements

Building and Animating a 3D Object

  • Animating a square in 3D space
  • Using 3D views
  • Flipping the cube bottom
  • Creating the 3D floor
  • Building the cube sides
  • Animating the cube sides

Using 3D Effects

  • Using 3D lights
  • Turning on shadows

Working with Cameras

  • Adding a camera
  • Adding animated elements
  • Adding logos

Advanced Editing Techniques

  • Temporal Distortion: Timewarp
  • Parallax

Using Motion Stabilization

  • Single-point motion tracking
  • Multipoint tracking

Creating Particle Systems

  • Introduction to Particle systems
  • Particle worlds: Cyclore effects
  • Customising particle effects
  • Understanding particle system properties

Rendering and Output

  • Creating templates for the rendering process
  • Creating templates for output modules
  • Rendering to different output media


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Refund Policy
We offer a full refund for classes canceled five business days before the first day of class. If you do not cancel or reschedule the class, you will be charged the full price of the class. Students may withdraw from any course (except when they have late-rescheduled) within 2 hours of when the instruction has started the training, and receive a full refund, provided the reason for their withdrawal is dissatisfaction with the course and/or instructor. No refunds will be given if the student attends more than 2 hours of instruction. 

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule classes. In the event we cancel a class, you can reschedule the class, or receive a full refund of all registration fees paid to us. All cancellations will incur a $75 processing fee, and 7% for Credit Card Fees as we incur (3.5% on purchase and same on refund). We are not liable, however, for any other expenses you may incur including travel arrangements.


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This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Dec 17 9:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Wed, Dec 18 9:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Thu, Dec 19 9:30am - 4:30pm TBD

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Hello, what credential does the instructor of this 4 days boot camp has? What equipment/software do I need to bring?
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Hey there, you can check out headTrix profile on our site and at the bottom right of that page, you'll see the instructors so just click on Warren Heaton's name and you'll see his profile. You can bring a laptop or they can supply a computer. You might want to bring an external hard drive or something to copy your files if you want to save any of the work done in class.

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