Adobe After Effects – Level 2

Duration: 2 days (14 hours)

Target audience: video and graphic artists, video production staff, game developers, or anyone that needs to create special effects for video projects

Prerequisites: To gain the most from this class you should be familiar with all topics covered in the Adobe After Effects – Level 1 course.

Related courses: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop

Software version: In addition to the current software version, Documedia teaches previous versions and we can provide customized training that focuses on new features. Please contact us for details.

Course description

By end of this course, participants should be able create special effects for broadcast and film use.

About Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a powerful software tool for visual effects and motion graphics. You can use After Effects to create dynamic designs for commercial video, motion pictures or DVD.

Course objectives

The main learning objective of this course is to create special effects for broadcast and film use.

Unit 1 – Working with multi-keyframes

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Apply group keyframes to layers
  • Link keyframes
  • Use keyframe assistance and interpolation

Unit 2 – Using multi-layered masks

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create a tracking mask
  • Use mask feather and interpolation
  • Create mask effects

Unit 3 – Using the chroma key and track mattes

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Use the chroma key
  • Apply a blue/green screen
  • Use a matte choker and spill suppressor

Unit 4 – Using motion tracking and stabilization

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Use motion tracking and motion stabilizer
  • Apply wiggler and smoother
  • Create a motion sketch

Unit 5 – Working with simulation

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create rain, snow, drizzle and bubbles
  • Use particle systems
  • Apply shatter

Unit 6 – Working with lights and cameras

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create and modify lights
  • Create and modify camera
  • Create shape and null objects

Unit 7 – Using expressions

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create basic expressions
  • Link layers with expressions
  • Import expressions

Unit 8 – Working with 3D

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create 3D layers
  • Use the orbit camera tool
  • Select a camera view

Unit 9 – Advanced rendering for video and film

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Change colour space and chroma subsampling
  • Change output frame rate

Teaching method

The concepts will be presented by your instructor and procedures will be demonstrated step-by-step. This will be followed up by practical exercises where you will be able to apply your newly acquired skills with the guidance of your instructor.