In this course, Alan Demafiles covers the core aspects of After Effects commonly used in editing and post production: masks, shapes, type, logos, stills, animating, rendering, and exporting. To begin, Alan compares After Effects to Premiere Pro so you can see the similarities and differences. Then he dives into hands-on demonstrations of how to limit effects with masks, create elements with shape layers, use text templates, animate a logo, and create a 3D type extrusion. Next he shows you how to work with imported pictures, create a Z-space camera montage, change the speed of animations, and more. He wraps up by walking through outputting steps and then kicks off a challenge exercise where you can put your skills into practice.

00 – Introduction
After Effects for editors and post-production
How to use the exercise files
Big-picture concepts
Dynamic linking between Premiere Pro and After Effects

01 – How After Effects Is Different from Premiere
Navigating layers in the timeline
Working with keyframes
Precomping elements
Parenting to nulls
Introduction to 3D layers

02 – Working with Masks and Shapes
Animating mask reveals
Track mattes
Limiting effects with masks
Track mattes
Create elements with shape layers
Animate shapes with path operations

03 – Working with Type and Logos
Setting type
Animate type
Create motion graphic templates
Work with Illustrator files
Build a simple logo animation
Create 3D type extrusions
Responsive design: Time for lower thirds

04 – Working with Stills and Video
Import and work with pictures
Move animated images around the frame
Repeat an animation with multiple images
Introducing z-depth
Create a simple camera in a z-space montage
Parenting layers to the camera
Speed up or slow down video layers
Key video with Keylight
Mocha AE integration

05 – Outputting Media
Explore the Render Queue
Render footage with an alpha
Batch render with Adobe Media Encoder
Dynamic Link rendering workflow

06 – Example Techniques
Shape layer transitions
Create video glitches

07 – Challenge: Put Your Skills into Practice
Challenge overview
Solution, part 1
Solution, part 2
Solution, part 3

08 – Conclusion