Adobe After Effects – Post-Production Video Effects

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    £165, £149 (early booking discount), £124 concessions

What is After Effects?

Adobe After Effects is Adobe’s® leading software solution for creating animation, motion graphics and visual effects.

What can it be used for?

While After Effects is sophisticated it is also versatile and can be used for a broad range of purposes from improving the quality of existing footage or generating new content from scratch.

For example, unwanted artefacts can be removed from a scene, new elements can be added and treated with special effects or text can typed and animated with customisable presets to create interesting titles fast.

After Effects Course at Film Oxford
After Effects Course at Film Oxford

Who is After Effects for?

After Effects is used by independent Producers to improve their own films, as well as ‘high-end’ specialists like Motion Graphic Designers, Compositors and VFX artists as an essential part of their software toolkit.

It’s also great for animators who need to need one package that lets them draw, animate and enhance footage.

What can After Effects be used for?

After Effects resolution is flexible so you can generate and transform moving images for delivery from the smallest mobile device up to movie theater screens.

Who is this course for?

This course is for both low-budget filmmakers who want to learn affordable tools, for transforming their own footage and those looking to explore animation, motion graphics, grading or special effects.

You MUST have some experience of a professional non-linear editing package (Premiere, AVID or FCP). If you haven’t, please take our Adobe Premiere editing or FCPX editing courses first. A knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is useful but not essential. (Please email if you are unsure)

What will I learn?

You can learn how to treat the footage by ‘grading’ it and learn how to apply titles, motion graphics and visual effects. Participants will undertake a hands-on project designed to introduce all the essentials of this powerful package. Once students have completed this course, they will be armed with the basic knowledge to begin using and exploring After Effects on their own.

What if I don’t like the package?

The real benefit of this course is it’s flexibility. Even if you decide it’s not quite for you, the course will still give you a good overview of the package while teaching the fundamental principles of post-production visual effects.

This means that you will have a good foundation for either setting up your own VFX shots, knowing when to use it, working with freelancers or transferring your new knowledge of the principles to similar packages.

Who teaches the course? Professional filmmaker Andy Hall 

How long is the course?

This 2-day, intensive course runs over a weekend and classes take place at Film Oxford from 10.00am until 5.00pm (6 hours tuition per day with 1 hour of breaks per day)

Answers to most commonly asked questions can be found on our FAQ page, otherwise please email


Ewan – Fast and in depth, covered many of After effects uses, had ability to ask questions on my own ideas.

Punham – The tutor managed to give individual attention to all participants and resolved their queries/difficulties.

Martin – The pace was perfect well delivered the tutor clearly knows his stuff. I have a much better fundamental understanding of after effects and what it is capable of.

Peter – The tutor knows his subject very well, Well structured and useful course, these skills will take my work to a higher level.

Andrew – A well structured course with good working roles

Jenny – The course was very useful I leaned lots of new skills.

Lucy – The course was brilliant, the pace was perfect, well delivered and I want more of this.

For general product info on Adobe site click here

COURSE OUTLINE: (Course content may change according to participants’ needs)

Subjects covered will include:
Understanding Projects and Compositions, Transform Effects, Animating and Working with Layers, 3D Video Effects, Text and Titling, Preparing and Importing Footage, Masks and Transparency, Keying and Compositing, Time Remapping, Colour Adjustment, Distortion Effects, Particle Effects, Working with Audio


Day 1

  • Introduction to course project and capabilities of After Effects
  • Projects and compositions
  • Settings and preferences
  • Resolution and compression issues
  • Effective project management
  • Importing still footage and applying transform effects
  • Animating transform effects using keyframes
  • Acceleration and deceleration in Animation
  • Organising compositions and folders, and layers
  • Applying basic 3D effect to footage and animating
  • Applying and animating various colour effects and blurs
  • Using masks and transparency

Day 2

  • Replacing footage
  • Time remapping
  • Various methods of keying and compositing
  • Further image adjustment
  • Erasing
  • Text effects and Animation
  • Advanced titling
  • Applying  audio & Modifying
  • Distortion effects
  • Putting together a finished production
  • Rendering and compression
  • Summary and (if time) further experimentation with any specific effects

Who can get Concessions on After Effects?

Discount for NUS students and people on following means-tested benefits, proof required: NUS card; ESA (income related); JSA, Income Support; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit (not student/single person/reduction due to disability); Housing Benefit; Pension Credit (guarantee); Unwaged Dependent of these benefits.

All Film Oxford Courses are subsidised by Oxfordshire Adult Learning 

This is one of our adult training courses so please note that participants need to be 18 years and above, for information about all of our youth activities see Youth page

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