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Description: Discover the world of animation with After Effects CS3 Essentials. Hosted by professional animator Ko Maruyama, these training videos focus on new features and essential tools including Shape Layers, the Puppet Tool and Brainstorm. You’ll also learn how to use many of the new effects found in After Effects CS3 as well as how to import Photoshop Layer Styles. Learn the tricks you need to get on your way to producing high-end animations.
Highlights Explore After Effects' incredible 3D world, with lights, cameras, motion, and expressions for realistic animation. • Learn powerful techniques for keying, rotoscoping, and motion tracking for incredible effects and compositing. • Advance your skills to the next level with an in-depth and practical look at the effects, techniques, tips, and tricks used for high-end productions.
Disc 1- Advanced Text, Mastering 3D & Expressions
Chapter 1: TYPE ÜBERANIMATION (60 min) • Working with the Text Panels • Using the Range Selector to Animate Position • Using the Range Selector to Animate Rotation • Using the Range Selector to Animate Fill Color • Animating Text On Screen • Looking at the Character O.set Animator • Animating the Character O.set • Adjusting Scale & Tracking within the Range Selector • Adjusting the Range Selector O.set • Looking at the Range Selector Advanced Shape Options • Easing the Shape Options & Adding a Fill Color • Using the Ramp Down E.ect & O.set • Looking at the New Blur Options for Text • Fading Text Using Blur & Transparency
Chapter 2: WELCOME TO 3D (57 min) • 3D Position & Orientation • Rotating a 3D Layer • Viewing & Moving Objects on an Axis in 3D Space • Understanding the 3D Coordinate System • Introducing the Camera Tools • Changing View Layouts & Options • Exploring the Axis Modes • Parenting, Ordering & Rendering • Using OpenGL to Accelerate Graphic Processing • Fast Preview Options & OpenGL
Chapter 3: CREATING & CONTROLLING 3D CAMERAS (59 min) • Adding a 3D Camera to Your Scene • Working with Di.erent 3D Camera Presets • Point of Interest, Position & Camera Tools • Using the Auto-Orientation Options • Animating a Camera from Side to Side • Animating a Camera 360 Degrees • Using a Null Object to Animate a 3D Camera • Creating a 3D Camera "Fly-By" E.ect • Animating the Point of Interest • Auto-Orienting Objects Toward a Camera • Adjusting the Depth of Field • Adjusting F-Stop, Aperture & Focus Distance
Chapter 4: 3D OBJECTS, LIGHTS & MATERIALS (72 min) • Setting Up Your Workspace for Working with 3D • Building a 3D Airplane • Spinning the Propellor • Collapse Transformations • Animating a Pre-Composed 3D Object • Creating a 3D Cityscape • Looking at Lighting Options • Working with Multiple Colored Lights • Casting Shadows • Realistic Lighting: Daytime • Using a Layer as a Gobo • Realistic Lighting: Nighttime & Sunset • Disabling Shadows for Speci.ed Objects & Lights • Adjusting the Shadow Map Resolution • Introducing Material Options • Fine-Tuning the Material Options • 17. Creating a Volumetric Solid Object • 18. Using Layer Blending Modes to A.ect a 3D Object
Chapter 5: INTRO TO EXPRESSIONS (64 min) • Rotating an Object Using an Expression • Duplicating a Rotating Layer & O.setting Orientation • Tying the Point of Interest of a Camera to a Layer's Position • Using the Rotation of a Layer to Drive the Scale of Another • Retaining Keyframe Information while Using Expressions • Tying Geometric Values to E.ects Using Expressions • Looping Keyframes Using Expressions • Inverting an Expression • Animating with the Motion Sketch & Smoother Panels • O.setting Duplicate Layers Based on the Same Motion Path
Chapter 6: A WORLD OF CONTROLLED RANDOMNESS (58 min) • Using an Expression to Randomize Opacity • Using an Expression to Randomize Scale • Assigning a Variable to the Script • Using an Expression with Time-Remapping • Applying Expressions to E.ects • Using the Slider Control to Keyframe an Expression • Understanding Perlin Noise • Using the Wiggle Script • Wiggling along a Motion Path • Expressions, Split Layers & the Random Seed • Applying Wiggle across a Single Axis • Understanding & Simplifying Expressions
Chapter 7: EXPRESSION DESSERT (18 min) • Applying the Circle Fun Expression • Applying Parenting to an Expression • The Write-On E.ect & Tracking a Child Expression • Looking at the Bounce & Squash Expressions
Chapter 8: TIPS & TRICKS FOR INCREDIBLE 3D & EXPRESSIONS (41 min) • Creating a 3D Cube • Adjusting Anti-Aliased Layers • Inverse Kinematics • Forward Kinematics • Using the Random Seed to Build an Animation • Creating a Smoke E.eect • Transforming the Smoke into 3D • Adjusting the Lights to Create a Nighttime
Disc 2 - Keying, Rotoscoping, Color Adjustment & Tracking
Chapter 1: COOL KEYING WORKFLOW (63 min) • Creating a Garbage Matte • Using Linear Color Key & Spill Suppressor • Color Correcting a Keyed Image • Compositing a Keyed Image onto a New Background • Looking at the Multi-Cam Edit Source File • Setting Up a Green Screen Shot • Keying Solutions • Splitting the Layers • Applying the Keylight Filter • Re.ning the Key • Adding a Matte Choker & Channel Blur • Saving Animation Presets • Adding Saved Presets from Adobe Bridge • Fine-Tuning & Rendering
Chapter 2: COLOR ADJUSTMENT & COMPOSITING TECHNIQUES (69 min) • Using the Color Stabilizer E.ect • Creating a Sepia Tone & Adjusting Levels • Hand Colorizing a Black & White Movie • Introducing the Chrome Re.ections Comp • Creating the Chrome Re.ection E.ect • Adding a Blue Tone to the Chrome E.ect • Correcting a Color Cast with the Channel Mixer • Matching Colors with Hue/Saturation & Color Balance • Working with Colorama • Using the Depth Matte E.ect to Create 3D Fog • Using Shift Channels to Change Color Temperature • Creating a Convincing Composite • Inserting Fog Using a Linear Wipe & Fast Blur
Chapter 3: ALL ABOUT ROTOSCOPING (87 min) • Single Mask Rotoscoping • Setting Up for Multiple Mask Rotoscoping • Creating & Rotoscoping the Torso Mask • Creating & Rotoscoping the Arm Mask • Creating & Rotoscoping the Head Masks • Creating & Rotoscoping the Nose & Mouth Mask • Creating & Rotoscoping the Hand Mask • Creating & Rotoscoping the Thumb Mask • Animating Mask Opacity & Feathering Edges • Applying Motion Blur & Add/Subtract Modes • Colorizing & Blurring with an Adjustment Layer • Combining Multiple Rotoscoped Elements • Rending a Movie to be Used as a Luma Matte
Chapter 4: DYNAMIC MOTION TRACKING (56 min) • Introducing the Motion Tracker Controls • Tracking the Motion of an Object within a Layer • Applying the Motion Track Data to Another Layer • Setting Up a Layer to Motion Track O. Screen • Tracking the Motion of an Object O. Screen • Using Expressions for Better Motion Tracking • Using a Perspective Corner Pin Tracker • Using E.ects with the Motion Tracker • Using the Motion Stabilizer
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