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Mon, Dec 16, 9:30am - Dec 17, 4:30pm (2 sessions)

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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 course is a beginner class in Motion Graphics & Hollywood Style Visual Effects for cinema, television and web formats. Learn how to add dynamic animation and motion effects to your videos, photos, art, logos, and audio, and it bring objects to life.

Our Adobe After Effects CC course is for video communications professionals or new learners who need an essential understanding of motion graphics and compositing.

Basic Computer Skills & File Management on Windows or Mac

Course Outline

Intro to 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
  • Best practices for organizing your work
  • 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
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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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Tue, Dec 17 9:30am - 4:30pm TBD

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Question from anonymous
Who are the instructors that teach the course?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
The instructor is Warren, an Adobe Community Professional, a User Group manager, and he has over 20 years professional experience in Motion Graphics, and Video Editing working with some of LA's top studios. He has also been teaching with headTrix over 10 years and has also taught at the University of California, Santa Monica College, and had been a Teaching Assistant at Adobe Max, and a presenter at Adobe user Groups.
Question from Anonymous
Is this Motion graphic course suit for beginner? and this class is $795 for two days (14hours)? thanks:)
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Yes, this class is for beginners. The $795 fee is for 2 sessions/days.
Answer from mark i. Verified Educator
Most of our Classes are two full days, 9:30am-4:30pm (with an hour break for lunch and two small 10 min breaks to stretch. We have an AFTER EFFECTS 4 DAY BOOTCAMP class that is a combination of our Level 1 and our Level 2 classes at a discounted price. Next Class Jan 14-17, 2018!
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Question from Anonymous
One of the students stated that the class focused more on "word terms" than actually "play around with different files and animate stuff." Has that changed? Is there more hands-on work?
Answer from Jenn C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! This class is HANDS-ON Training definitely, students will have a lot of time spent to play around and animate!

Reviews of Classes at headTrix, Inc | Adobe Certified Training (33)

(33 Reviews)
After Effects CC | Level 1
Reviewed by Anonymous on 6/21/2016
I feel like this class was more on focusing on After Effects word terms and not so much being able to play around with different files and animate stuff. I feel like I could have learned this online.
After Effects CC | Level 1
Reviewed by gwen f. on 5/16/2016
i like the smaller classes since it gives each of us to ask the teacher about something, and it makes the conversation to feel more collaborative instead of lecturing. I definitely love to take more if i have time outside of work. It's a bonus to knowing some history why the program was built in such a way for the industry.
After Effects CC | Level 1
Reviewed by Ava M. on 2/16/2016
Loved it!
After Effects CC | Level 1
Reviewed by Anonymous on 6/15/2016
After Effects CC | Level 1
Reviewed by Anonymous on 5/16/2016
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