Adobe After Effects CS4

This is an Adobe After Effects CS4 Course designed to get you up to speed with professional Motion Graphics Editing and Compositing. You should be familiar with either the Windows or Macintosh operating systems. We can also configure custom training options upon request.

If you are creating Motion Graphics for Film or Video, doing Web Development and Animation, or working with Flash, Adobe After Effects CS4 is an excellent tool to move your workflow to a more productive and professional level.

Basic Class Info

Who Should Attend

Those doing any type Image Editing or Graphics Compositing with Photoshop or Illustrator can use Adobe After Effects CS4 to animate their art.

If you are creating Motion Graphics for Film or Video, doing Web Development and Animation, or working with Flash, Adobe After Effects CS4 is an excellent tool to move your workflow to a more productive and professional level.


Prerequisites
Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course:
Basic knowledge of the Windows or Macintosh OS
Workflows Benefiting from Adobe After Effects CS4

Motion Graphics Artists

Video Editors

Broadcast Production

Video Post Production & Film Makers

Web Developers & Content creators

Flash Developers

Corporate Video Developers

Cross–Media Publishers


Basic Pricing & Training Options

Pricing & Training Overview

KLH Basic Consulting & Training Rates

Feel free to click on any of the links below to get a general idea of our basic rates. We feel you will find them quite reasonable and competitive with the “traditional one shoe fits all” options available elsewhere.

Drop us a line and let us know what your specific workflow needs are and we will be glad to send you personal quote. We will also target any quotes to your needs and will work with you to stay within budget restraints and still deliver the best training possible.

We can also help you develop your workflow via consulting and onsite outsourcing.

FrameMaker structured workflows are especially welcome here at KLH.

Phone: 508.362.8206

Email: mab@klhpublishing.com

Online Form: Click Here Now

vText Link: Click Here Now use 508.362.8206 or 508.364.5750

Some pricing options require that travel costs and training materials are extra.

Please feel free to contact us at anytime for more info or a custom quote.


OnSite Training

Onsite Training

If you send 12 people to a traditional classroom setting you’ll end up paying around $8,000+. This doesn’t include the costs of travel & lodging. Trying to coordinate schedules and down time are also hidden budget killers.

Bring KLH onsite for a set training fee that uses a custom course outline that targets your specific workflow. No per person limits or add on fees. You also get the advantage of onsite consulting since we can get a look at the real workflow in an up close and real world situation.

In-house Rates

$1,500 One Day

$2,500 Two Days

$3,000 Three Days

$4,800 Full Week

Travel costs and training materials are extra.

Please feel free to contact us at anytime for more info or a custom quote.


ClassRoom Training

Classroom Training

Classroom training is possible via our training partners in most major US Cities. It is useful when Onsite training is not possible or when combining several students with other clients can help keep budgets within reason.

Most classes run 3 days or can be configured to cover specific topics within your workflow.

ClassRoom Rates per Student

One to Three Students $1,200

Four to Five Students $1,000

Five to Eight Students $850

Eight Students plus $750

Costs are based upon a per student fee.

Please feel free to contact us at anytime for more info or a custom quote.


OnLine Training

Online Training

Online training has the advantage of training employees at one time who are located in different locations.

It also has the advantage of eliminating travel and lodging costs from the training budget.

It will require a reliable connection to the Internet for those involved.

Online classes can be configured to cover specific topics within your workflow as well as provide traditional training to participants in remote locations at the same time.

Timeframes possible can be from a few hours to several days.

OnLine per Day Rates per Student

One to Three Students $450

Three to Five Students $325

Five to Eight Students $275

Eight Students plus $225

Costs can be based upon a per student fee or a flat fee for seminars.

Please feel free to contact us at anytime for more info or a custom quote


Private Training

Private Training

Most people will agree that private training is the best option for intensive learning. It is a great option for career changers or those who work within an intensive workflow.

All attention is on you and discounts for software packages such as any of the Adobe Suites can make it actually more cost effective than the traditional training offered anywhere else. Contact us now for a great deal.

Training can be done OnSite, OnLine, or at a designated location.

Private training runs 2 to 5 days depending on the workflow and needs of the client.

Private Rates per class

One to Three Days $1,650

Four to Five Days $2,400

Two Weeks $3,850

Costs are based upon a per student fee.

Rates can be discounted for software packages such as the any of the Adobe Software Suites.

Please feel free to contact us at anytime for more info or a custom quote.


KLH Job Contracting & Outsourcing Services

KLH Basic Consulting & Training Rates

Feel free to rollover any of the links above to get a general idea of our basic rates. We feel you will find them quite reasonable and competitive with the “traditional one shoe fits all” options available elsewhere

Drop us a line and let us know what your specific workflow needs are and we will be glad to send you personal quote. We will also target any quotes to your needs and will work with you to stay within budget restraints and still deliver the best training possible.

We can also help you develop your workflow via consulting and onsite outsourcing.

FrameMaker structured workflows are especially welcome here at KLH.

Phone: 508.362.8206

Email: mab@klhpublishing.com

Online Form: Click Here Now

vText Link: Click Here Now use 508.362.8206 or 508.364.5750

Some pricing options require that travel costs and training materials are extra.

Please feel free to contact us at anytime for more info or a custom quote.


Class & Topics Outlines

Topics Outline

After Effects CS4 Topics Outline
New features in After Effects CS4
User interface
Workspaces, panels, and viewers
General user interface items
Preferences
Interface changes in After Effects CS4
Workflows, planning, and setup
Workflow basics
Planning and setup
Working with After Effects & other applications
Dynamic Link and After Effects
Projects and compositions
Project Basics
Composition basics
Nesting, precomposing, and pre-rendering
Importing and organizing footage items
Importing and interpreting footage items
Working with footage items
After Effects & Adobe Premiere Pro
Importing video and audio
Interpreting video and audio
Preparing and importing 3D image files
Preparing and importing still images
Working with Camera Raw
Importing camera raw files
Navigating and opening CRW files Saving images to CRW
Color & tonal adjustments in CRW
Modifying images with Camera Raw
Making local adjustments with CRW
Camera Raw settings
Layers and properties
Creating layers
Selecting and arranging layers
Managing layers
Layer properties
Blending modes and layer styles
3D layers
Cameras, lights, and points of interest
Views and previews
Previewing
Modifying and using views
Animation and keyframes
Animation basics
Setting, selecting, and deleting keyframes
Editing, moving, and copying keyframes
Assorted animation tools
Interpolation Basics
Speed
Time-stretching and time-remapping
Animating with Puppet tools
Tracking and stabilizing motion
Color
Color basics
Color management
Drawing, painting, and paths
Paint tool basics
Brush basics
Clone Stamp basics
Eraser basics
Shape layers, paths, and vector graphics
Creating shapes and masks

Editing & animating shape paths
Editing & animating masks
Shape Layer Shape attributes
Shape Layer paint operations
Shape Layer path operations
Text basics
Creating and editing text layers
Formatting characters
Formatting paragraphs
Animating text
Transparency and compositing
Alpha channels, masks, and mattes
Keying Basics
Effects and animation presets
Effects and animation presets overview
3D Channel effects
Audio effects
Blur & Sharpen effects
Channel effects
Color Correction effects
Distort effects
Generate effects
Keying effects
Matte effects
Noise & Grain effects
Paint effects
Perspective effects
Simulation effects
Stylize effects
Text effects
Time effects
Transition effects
Utility effects
Obsolete effects
Markers and metadata
Marker Basics
XMP metadata
Memory, storage, and performance
Memory usage and storage
Performance
Plug-ins, scripts, and automation
Plug-ins
Scripts
Automation
Expressions
Advanced Expressions
Expression elements reference
Rendering and exporting
Flash Professional Export
Flash Player Export
Exporting still images
Still-image sequence Export
Exporting to other Adobe applications
Encoding & compression options
Automated rendering
Network rendering
Converting movies

Class Outline

After Effects 101
Overview of the User interface
Project organization
Working with Workspaces
Creating a Composition
Creating a new composition
Comp & Timeline Panels
Working with Layers & the Layers Panel
Working with Multiple Comps
Navigating in Space
Solid Layers
Resolution & Quality
Navigating & Zooming Time
Work Area Basics
Safe Areas
Rulers, Guides, Grids, and Guides
Frame Rates & Displaying Time
Channel switches
Preview Strategies
Basic Animation
Working with Position
Spatial keyframes & Motion Paths
Keyframe Types
Navigating Keyframes
Opacity Keyframes
Scale Keyframes
Rotation Keyframes
Animating Anchor Points
Motion Control Moves
Quality Issues
Keyframe Velocity
Easy Ease
Auto Bezier Keyframes
Using the Graph Editor
Value Graphs & Velocity Graphs
Position Graphs
Hold Keyframes
Roving Keyframes
Animation Assistance
Copy and Pasting Keyframes
Scaling Motion Paths
Using Motion Sketch & The Smoother
Auto Orienting Rotation
Using the Wiggler
Time Reverse & Exponential Scale
Layer Essentials
Selecting & Moving Layers
Duplicating, Soloing, and Renaming Layers
Replacing Layers
Comp & Layer Markers
Working with Snapshots
Color Coding Layers
Aligning & Distributing Layers
Using the Edit Original Command
Trimming Layers
Trimming In & Out Points
Slip Edits
Sequencing Layers
Splitting Layers
Overlay & Insert Edits
Motion Blur
Working with Motion Blur
Shutter Angle & Phase
Echo style effects & Cycore time effects
Blending Modes
Blending Mode Workout
Using Opacity with Blending Modes
Masking
Masking basics
Transforming masks
Selecting masks
Mask Feather, Expansion, and Opacity
Bezier & RotoBezier masks
Animating masks
Inverting masks
Mask modes
Auto Trace Option
Masks & effects
Smart Mask Interpolation
Track Mattes
Alpha Mattes
Luma Mattes
Matte Effect
Animating Mattes
Building a Track Matte Hierarchy
Unmultiplying Mattes
Stencils and the “T”
Luma & Alpha Stencil Basics
Silhouettes
Preserve Transparency
3D Space
The Z Dimension
Rotation & Orientation in 3D space
Z scale & Anchor Point offsetting
Camera & Orthographic Views
Local, World, and View Axis Modes
3D Motion Paths
Auto Orientation in 3D Space
3D render order issues
Mixing 3D & 2D Layers
Cameras
Camera basics
Multiple Cameras
Angle of View & Depth of Field
Camera Settings
Aiming the Camera
One & Two Point Cameras
Lighting in 3D
Lighting basics
Types of lights
Layer Material Options
Creating & working with shadows
Light Transmission
Creating Gels & Gobos
Adjustment Lights
Parenting Skills
Parenting basics
Null Objects
Nonuniform scale issues
Jump Parenting
Nesting Compositions
Nesting basics
Using Comp Flowchart View
Using Oversized Comps
Nesting Options
Render Order Issues
Precomposing
Grouping Layers with Precomposing
Leave All Attribute Options
Move All Attributes Options
Render Order Issues
Clipped Layers when Precomposing
Collapsing Transformations
Maintaining Resolution
Changing Render Order
3D Issues
Continuous Rasterization of Vectors
Continuous Rasterization of Nested Comps
Continuous Rasterization & Effects
Text Animation
Creating & Editing Type
Formatting Type
Animating Source Text
Text Paragraphs
Text on a Path
Creating Text Animation Basics
Range Selectors
Randomize Order
Cascade style animations
Per Character 3D
Animator Shapes
Animating Property Values
Anchor Point Grouping & Alignment
The Wiggly Selector
Multiple Selectors & Animators
Photoshop Text Options
Applying & Using Effects
The Effects & Effects Presets Panel
Searching for Effects
Common Effects Controls
Animation Effects
Effects Point Paths
Effects that use Mask paths
Adjustment Layers
Applying Effects to Solids
Layer Styles
Effects Roundup & Overview

Simulation Effects
Compound Effects
How Compound Effects work
Compound Blur
Texturize
Displacement Map
Presets & Variation
Saving & Applying Presets
Presets & masks
Browsing Presets with Adobe Bridge
Text Presets
Behaviors
Using Brainstorm
Color Management
Overview of Color Management
Input & Output Profiles
Display Management
Luminance Range Issues
Matching Legacy Gamma
Linear Blending Modes
32 bit floating point
HDR Images
Camera Raw
Cineon Log Space
Broadcast Safe Colors
Keying
Keying Approaches
Overview of Keying Plug ins
Keylight Tutorial
Color Correction & Edge Refinements
Color Difference Keyer
Frame Rate Manipulation
Time Stretching
Reversing Layers
Time Remapping
Freeze Frames
Step Frame Animation
Frame Blending & Pixel Motion
Using the Timewarp Plug in
Motion Stabilization
Overview of the Motion Tracker / Stabilizer
Tracking
Masking & Motion Stabilization
Motion Tracking
Tracking Position
Working with Attach Points
Tracking Scale & Rotation
Applying a track to an Effect Point
Multipart Tracking
Corner Pin Tracking
Shape Layers
Shape Tools & Options
Parametric Shapes
Pen Path Shapes
Strokes, Fills, and Gradients
Line caps, corners, and Segments
Using Multiple Shapes
Grouping
Merge Paths
Shape Effects
The Repeater
Paint & Clone
Painting Basics
Paint on Transparent
Transforming Brush Strokes
Eraser Tool
Animating Strokes
Write On Mode
Rotoscoping frame by frame
Bush tips
Interpolating Strokes
Using the Paint Effect
Clone Stamp tool basics
Clone Source Overlay & Source Time Shift
Vector Paint
Vector Paint Basics
Animating Strokes
Quick Paint Mode
Compositing Modes
Wiggling Strokes
Transforming Strokes
Onion Skinning
The Puppet Tools
Puppet Pin tool
Keyframing Pins
Motion Sketching Pins
Overlap tool
Starch tool
Using Meshes
Working with Audio
Audio Basics
Reading Audio Waveforms
Controlling Audio Levels
Previewing Audio
Mixing Audio
Trimming Audio Layers
Audio Effects Overview
Expressions
Creating Expressions
Using the Pick Whip
Converting Audio to Keyframes
Mixing & Matching Parameters
Working with Ranges & Dimensions
Interpolating Values
Controlling Expressions
Saving Expressions as Presets
Complex Expressions
The Wiggle Expression
Import & Interpret
Importing different Media types
Alpha Channel Options
Importing Illustrator & Photoshop files
Importing Projects
Interpret Footage Setting
Interpretation Rules
Integration 101
Web Formats: GIF, SWF, and FLV
Creating Buttons for Adobe Encore
NLE: Premiere Pro, Avid, & Final Cut Pro
Using Dynamic Link
Integration with 3D Programs
Importing Camera Moves
Aligning Objects & Creating Mattes
Frame Rate & Size Issues
Video Issues
Fields & Interlacing
Frame Rate & Timecode Issues
Frame Sizes & Pixel Aspect Ratios
Converting between DV & D1
Safe Areas
Moving between Normal & Widescreen
Safe Colors
Rendering Queue
Rendering Basics
Render Settings
Output Modules
The Adobe Media Encoder
Render Que Panel
Creating & Editing Templates
Advanced Rendering
Consolidating & Reducing Projects
Removing Unused Footage
Collect Files Command
Multiprocessor Rendering
Distributed Network Rendering
Adobe Device Central
Clip Notes
Prerendering & Proxy Usage
Creating Footage & Comp Proxies
Working with Proxies
After Effects Preferences
A review of After Effects Preferences