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After Effects 5.5 Hands-On Training

by: Craig Newman Lynda Weinman

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Publisher: ,Aug-2002

Category: MULTIMEDIA Level:

ISBN: 020175469X
ISBN13: 9780201754698

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      Project-based Step-by-Step Exercises--Each exercise, broken down into step-by-step instructions, is designed around a particular project teaching such core techniques as managing footage, layering, masking, and effects.

Teaches students techniques and tips that they can immediately apply to real-life situations.

QuickTime Video tutorials--Companion CD-ROM contains QuickTime movies of the authors demonstrating key techniques and the project files needed to complete each exercise.

Provides students with a complete learning solution.

Industry-Leading Authors--Lynda Weinman has been teaching digital arts since the late 1980s. She has been an instructor at Art Center college of Design, American Film Institute, San Francisco Multimedia Studies Program and UCLA Extension. Lynda founded her own training center in 1998, which is devoted to educating Web and design professionals. Her past books on graphic arts are used by most design professionals and are included as part of teaching curricula throughout the world. Renowned for her clear instruction and conversational writing style, Lynda has established her Lynda.com brand as a leading force in Web design training. In the late '80s and early '90s Lynda worked in the Hollywood film industry, where she used Adobe After Effects to create visual motion graphics effects for television and film. Craig Newman graduated from California Institute of the Arts prestigious Experimental Film Department in 1978, and has enjoyed a film career that has spanned the past 23 years. He has worked as an Animator, Art Director, Visual Effects Supervisor, Line Producer, Production Manager, and Training Manager for many of the world's most renowned film, commercial, and special effects production companies. Some of his past employers have included Industrial Light and Magic, Buena Vista Visual Effects (Disney), VIFX, DeGraph / Wahrman, Dreamwquest, and Robert Abel and Associates.

Provide students with expert, professional training.


Table of Contents




  Setting up First Project. Importing Assets. Organizing Your Project.


  Starting a new composition from scratch. Opening an Existing Comp.

      Timeline, Keyframes and Animation.

  Bringing in Assets. Setting Position Keyframe. Previewing the Motion. Editing the Motion. Auto Orient on Curved Path. Motion Blur. Copying and Pasting Keyframes. Moving Multiple Keyframes. Changing the type of Keyframe. Roving Keyframes.

      Basic Properties.

  Opacity. Scale. Rotation. Anchor point.

      Previewing Movies.

  Wireframe Previews. Preview with trails. RAM preview. Region of interest. Dynamic resolution and degrading resolution. Examination of the Time controls and how to use them. Play modes. Palindrome infinitely.


  Layer Basics. Blending Modes. Labeling Layers. Shy Layers. Solo Button. Lengthening or Shortening Layer Time or Length. Using Markers. Splitting Layers. Replacing Layer. Working with Sequenced Footage. Layer Transparency. Creating Solid Layers. Aligning Layers. Adjustment Layers. Layer Modes.

      Parenting and Pre-Composing.

  Parenting Layers. Animating Children. Pre-Composing. Chart-Parenting vs. Pre-Composing. Pre-Composing Adjustment Layers.


  Applying Effects to Layers. Multiple Effects. Rearranging Order of Effects. Effects Workflow. Basic Text. Type on a Path. Basic Numbers. Dropshadow Effect. Dropshadow Troubleshooting. Chart-Gallery of effects.

      Mask basics.

  Creating a Simple Mask. Creating a Complex Mask. Feathered Masks. Locking your Mask.

      Track mattes & modes.

  What is a Track Matte? Creating an Alpha Track Matte. Animating Footage Inside a Track Matte. Animating Footage Inside a Motion Track Matte. Chart-Overview of Various Screen Modes.

      3D Layers.

  Making a Layer 3D in the Timeline. Material Options. Viewing Footage in Different Views. Adding Lights. Adding Cameras. Basic Camera Functions in Timeline. Auto Orienting Camera on Motion Path. Auto Orienting Objects to Face Camera. Using Illustrator Files. Previewing 3D.


  Adding an Expression to a Layer Property. Using an Expressing of One Layer Property to Affect Another. Viewing Expressions Motion Values. Expressions Library. Editing Expressions by Hand. Disabling Expressions (or by error). Deleting Expressions. Converting Expressions to key frames. Expressions Workflow. Null Objects. Replacing Null Layer with Footage or Image.


  Adding Audio to Your Composition. Previewing Audio. Auto Synching. Raising and Lowering Volume Levels. Viewing the Audio Levels while Previewing.

      Rendering Final Movies.

  Render Queue. Output Module. Rendering Audio. Render Settings. Rendering Streaming QuickTime. Saving a Movie with a Mask or Motion Mask. Exporting File as Macromedia Flash. Saving RAM Preview as a Rendered Movie. Creating and Using Rendering Templates. Collecting Files for Delivery (Network Render or Transport). Network Render.

      Production Bundle.

  Vector Paint. Keying Effects. Warping Effects. Particle Playground.

      Case Study.

  Composition Flowchart View. Selecting and Opening Footage. Arranging Views.


QuickTime Appendix.

Video Format Appendix.