What is Adobe 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 versatile and can be used for a broad range of purposes, from improving the quality of existing footage to 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 be typed and animated with customisable presets to create interesting titles fast.
Who is Adobe After Effects for?
After Effects is used by independent producers to improve their own films and ‘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.
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 with a professional non-linear editing package (Premiere, AVID or FCPX). If you haven’t, please take our Adobe Premiere editing first. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is useful but not essential. (Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 this powerful package’s essentials. 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 its 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 them, 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)
For general product info see the Adobe site.
Covid-19: This course will follow public health regulations as prescribed by the government. The teaching space will be well ventilated. The wearing of face coverings is advised but optional.
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
- 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
- Replacing footage
- Time remapping
- Various methods of keying and compositing
- Further image adjustment
- 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
Early booking discount & concessions
Early Booking – Book early to get 10% reduction on the full-price course fee. See the date at top right of this page (usually two weeks before the course start date, but may vary).
Concessions – UK-based Students, NHS workers and people on some means-tested benefits. Evidence is required, such as a student card, NHS staff card or benefits letter.
Means-tested benefits – 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 & Universal Credit.
Film Oxford’s classroom-based courses are for Adults (18+)
Concession, Full price