What do cowgirls, Wolverine, and space aliens all have in common? They are all a part of Professor Mark Teague’s exciting and hands-on Introduction to Adobe After Effects CS5 course. After Effects is a digital motion graphics and compositing software that is used in the post-production process of film making and television production. In this introductory course you will learn how to work with the interface, the basics of creating effects, and how to construct animations. Having worked with Disney, Marvel, Universal, and on a variety of feature films, Professor Teague knows what it takes to advance in the field of graphic design. A true fan-boy at heart with 10+ years in the industry, he infuses his love of design with step-by-step examples in order to show you how to get the most out of Adobe After Effects CS5. Professor Teague is also an instructor at the famed Video Symphony School of Media Production in Burbank, CA. Downloadable files and footage allow you to work step by step with Professor Teague in the lessons.

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I. Introduction

  Introduction to After Effects 9:04
   Intro 0:00 
   What is After Effects? 0:03 
   Endless Possibilities 0:13 
    Sample After Effect Projects 0:30 
   Learning Curve 1:28 
    'Six Gun Sally' Project Preview 1:29 
    Bullet Hits Composition 4:21 
    Text Revenge Composition 6:15 
    Logo Composition 7:49 
   Summary 8:51 
  The Design of After Effects 3:40
   Intro 0:00 
   Modular Designs 0:10 
    Compositions 0:27 
    Layers 1:07 
    Effects 1:40 
    3D 2:11 
    Rendering 2:50 
  Interface Tour 15:21
   Intro 0:00 
   The Workspace 0:08 
    Setting Up Your Workspace 0:09 
    Preferences: Appearance 1:42 
   Project Window 2:13 
    Introduction to The Project Window 2:14 
    Interpret Footage 3:14 
    Create a New Folder 3:38 
    File Path 4:05 
   Compositions 4:35 
    Compositions Window 4:36 
    Resolution 5:27 
    Channels 5:42 
    Camera View 5:54 
    Current Time Indicator & Toggle Mask and Shape Path Visibility 5:57 
    Choose Grid and Guide Options 6:13 
    Magnification Ratio Popup 6:27 
   Layers 6:54 
    Layers Overview 6:55 
   Timeline 9:47 
    Timeline 9:48 
   Preview, Audio, Text 11:09 
    RAM Preview 11:10 
    Audio 12:15 
    Text 12:50 
   Rendering 13:24 
    Introduction to Rendering 13:25 
    Render Setting 14:00 
    Output Module Settings 14:15 

II. Compositions

  Creating Compositions 5:07
   Intro 0:00 
   Compositions 0:05 
    Creating a Composition 0:06 
    Composition Settings 1:56 
  Using Layers 5:36
   Intro 0:00 
   Using Layers 0:05 
    Switches, Toggles, and Buttons 0:06 
    Properties and Parameters 1:16 
    Timeline and Time Indicator 3:09 
  Keyframe Animation 8:17
   Intro 0:00 
   Keyframe Animation 0:05 
    What is a Keyframe? 0:06 
    Creating a Keyframe 1:04 
    Deleting a Keyframe 4:33 
    Spatial Interpolation 5:20 
    Navigation, Keyboard Shortcuts 6:23 
  Effects 4:51
   Intro 0:00 
   Effects 0:05 
    What are Effects 0:06 
    Where Do Effects Live? 0:16 
    Applying Effects 0:13 
    Enabling & Disabling Effects 3:16 
    Third Party Plugins 4:00 
  Working in 3D Space 4:32
   Intro 0:00 
   Working in 3D Space 0:05 
    Endless Possibilities 0:12 
    Prepping for 3D 0:25 
    XZY Axis, 2D, and 3D 1:25 
    Multi Views 3:01 
  Rendering Movies 8:00
   Intro 0:00 
   Rendering Movies 0:05 
    Output: Outside of After Effects 0:06 
    Work Area-Duration 0:26 
    Render Queue 1:30 
    Render Settings 2:34 
    1st Render 5:35 
  Settings Preferences 3:16
   Intro 0:00 
   Settings Preferences 0:05 
    Knowing Your System 0:06 
    Preferences Tour 0:17 
    Help Menu 2:49 
  Organization 2:27
   Intro 0:00 
   Organization 0:05 
    Folder Structure 0:06 
  Creating a Composition 14:01
   Intro 0:00 
   Creating a Composition 0:05 
    Compositions Settings 0:06 
    Element Preparation 1:06 
    Importing Files 2:31 
    Relinking Files 6:01 
    Precompose 9:48 
  Layers 18:42
   Intro 0:00 
   Layers 0:05 
    Understanding Layers 0:06 
    Switches and Blending Mode 1:48 
    The Type Tool 3:17 
    Creating Solids 7:16 
    Creating Shape Layers 9:46 
    Creating Mask 11:30 
    Adjustment Layer 16:05 

III. Animation

  Intro to Animation 38:25
   Intro 0:00 
   Intro to Animation: The Bouncing Ball 0:06 
    The Bouncing Ball Overview 0:07 
    Stage 1 & 2: Setting Up The Composition and Position 6:35 
    Stage 3: Scale 21:37 
    Stage 4: Rotation 26:02 
    Stage 5: Bounce Animation and Speed of Effects 30:25 
  Animation, Part 1 4:45
   Intro 0:00 
   Basic Transformation 0:05 
    Basic Transformation Overview 0:09 
    Position and Scale Keyframe 1:10 
    Rotation Keyframe 3:19 
  Animation, Part 2 10:51
   Intro 0:00 
   Prepping the Artwork 0:05 
    Prepping the Artwork 0:06 
   Compositing Bullets 1:07 
    Adding and Positioning Bullet Holes 1:08 
    Adding Smoke and Sparks 5:30 
  Animation, Part 3 17:07
   Intro 0:00 
   Text: Animation Presets 0:05 
    Text: Animation Presets 0:06 
   Animating Text 4:53 
    Animating Text Part 1: 'Revenge Has Never Been So' 4:54 
    Animating Text Part 2: 'Sweet' 11:41 
    Fire Effect 16:00 
  Animation, Part 4 6:01
   Intro 0:00 
   Dissolve Montage 0:05 
    Dissolve Montage 0:06 
    Keyframe Assistant: Sequence Layers… 3:51 
  Animation, Part 5 13:14
   Intro 0:00 
   Prepping the Artwork 0:05 
    Composition Overview 0:06 
    'Six Gun Sally' Logo 2:15 
    CC Toner Effect 2:48 
    Gaussian Blur Effect 3:59 
    Brightness and Contrast Effect 4:28 
   End Title Animation 4:55 
    Position and Scale 4:56 
    Brightness and Contrast 10:37 
    Drop Shadow 11:08 
    Dust Effect 12:10