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Adobe After Effects Part 1 Hands-On Class


What You'll Learn:

Establishing the Basics

If you're looking to animate, alter and composite media in 2D and 3D space, then this is the tool for you.

Adobe After Effects CC is an industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects composer. With built-in tools and plug-ins, and a bit of creativity, you can create just about anything you can imagine. By the end of this class, you will have the knowledge and practical experience to start building your own motion graphics projects.

Class Agenda:

  • Part 1 - Intro to AE CC and what it can do. The interface and tools. Importing media and manipulating it. .
  • Part 2 - Basics of Animation,
  • Part 3 - Working with Text. Create it, Style it, Animate it.
  • Part 4 - Working with Effects and Layer styles. Vector art vs pixels.
  • Part 5 - Working with mask. Create and animate a mask to cut out pieces of video and selectively add effects. Look at track mattes and their uses.
  • Part 6 - Green screen. How to take footage shot on a green screen and remove the background. Also putting together image sequences into video, useful for things like time lapses.
  • Part 7 - Intro to 3D, functionality and limitation of After Effects vs True 3D programs like Cinema 4D, Maya and 3D StudioMax.

Equipment Needed:

Students should bring a portable drive with 4GB of free space if they'd like to take their class work and sample projects home.


Since After Effects CC is built to integrate seamlessly with the Adobe Creative Suite, having prior knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, or previous editions of Premiere is helpful but not necessary.

Though presented in Adobe Creative Cloud, most of what is taught will apply to earlier versions of the program.

Who Should Take This:

Any video editor or videographer looking to enter into the world of visual effects for video. Having prior experience with a non-linear editing program will be helpful but not absolutely necessary.

Presented By Michael Scalisi

PLEASE REGISTER at the BDA website. $249 BDA Members, $279 Non-Members


Saturday July 11th, 2015