Adobe After Effects

What is Adobe After Effects?

Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics and compositing software published by Adobe Systems, used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. Its main uses are the origination of 2D and 2.5D animation, visual effects compositing and finishing (image adjustment, color correction etc.). BREAK

What are we doing for this Outcome?

We will be following a similair formular to how we learned Adobe Flash. The aim is to build confidence in using the basic tools and techniques offered in After Effects and combine them for a major submission late in the term.

Obviously, there will be a number of required submissions throughout this Outcome; however, you are highly encouraged to practise and refine your work at home.

TUTORIAL ONE – Getting To Know After Effects

 small flower Your objective in this first tutorial is to get to know Adobe After Effects and its basic capabilities. There is a lot to learn about this program and it can be quite overwhelming for some students, but stick with it! Download the source file and lets get started!


TUTORIAL TWO – Colour Keying

  Colour keying allows you to eliminate the green screen and replace it with your own images & backgrounds. In this tutorial, we will be colour keying some footage and adding additional effects.

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TUTORIAL THREE – Motion Tracking

  The basic concept behind Motion Tracking and Stabilization is to follow an object as it moves around from frame to frame in a piece of footage.In this tutorial, we will be motion tracking live footage to replace a sign with our own text and visuals.


TUTORIAL FOUR – Time Remapping

  In this tutorial we will cover how speed changes are done in After Effects. We will perform speed changes as well as speed ramps. Additionally we will discuss the difference between frame blending and pixel motion


TUTORIAL FIVE – 3D Integration

In this tutorial we will cover the basics in 3D in After Effects. You’ll learn to turn any layer into 3D as well as create 3D lights and cameras. We will also take a look at depth of field and a 3D particle system.




Your tasks is to collect stock footage and use it to exhibit your understanding of these techniques.
Specifically, students will need to obtain some stock footage from the internet to use in their composition.



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