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After Effects CS4 Essentials

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After Effects CS4 Essentials


This After Effects CS4 course is taught by an accomplished Videographer, Editor, 3D Animator and Graphics Designer, and focuses on creating basic animations, text animation, tracking and stabilising, basic keying and compositing, and basic 3D animation. During this After Effects CS4: Essentials course you’ll get an insider’s view of some of the new features of After Effects CS4, and will be given plenty of insider tips and tricks to help you succeed. This excellent After Effects course is just what you need to get up to speed fast, whether you’re a beginner, or just need to hone your technique.

Our learning material is available to students 24/7 anywhere in the world, so it’s extremely convenient. These intensive online courses are open to everyone, as long as you have an interest in the topic! We provide world-class learning led by IAP, so you can be assured that the material is high quality, accurate and up-to-date.

What will I learn?

  • Learn animation basics including keyframing and interpolation.
  • Discover best practices for working with masks.
  • See how to use the Puppet Tools.
  • Get an introduction to working with the 3D Engine.
  • Learn about applying layer blending modes.

Meet the instructor:

Luisa Winters is an accomplished videographer, editor, 3D animator and graphics designer. Her compositions have been seen on broadcast TV as well as in private video productions. She has created and edited scores of video and web projects for dozens of corporate, government, and educational, commercial and private clients. An accomplished non-linear editor and instructor, Luisa has conducted training sessions and master classes for Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Flash, Deamweaver, Captivate and Encore DVD.

This course covers the following Modules: 

  • Module 01: What’s New in Adobe After Effects Cs4
  • Module 02: Introduction To After Effects
  • Module 03: Animation Basics
  • Module 04: Working With Masks
  • Module 05: Animating Text
  • Module 06: Animation Help
  • Module 07: Parenting & Basic Expressions
  • Module 08: Basic Compositing
  • Module 09: Stabilizing & Tracking
  • Module 10: Particles & Paint
  • Module 11: Introduction to the 3d Engine
  • Module 12: Shape Layers & the Puppet Tools
  • Module 13: Rendering & Exporting

What are the requirements?

  • You must be 16 or over
  • You should have a basic understanding of English, Maths and ICT
  • You will need a computer or tablet with internet connection (or access to one)

How will I be assessed?

  • You will have one assignment. Pass mark is 65%.
  • You will only need to pay £19 for assessment.
  • You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days.

What certification will I receive?

Those who successfully pass this course will be awarded a After Effects CS4: Essentials certificate. Anyone eligible for certification will receive a free e-certificate.

What careers can I get with this qualification?

This excellent After Effects CS4 course will qualify you to be a Video Producer. The average salary of a Video Producer in the UK is £26,978, and this will go up with experience ( With this course you could enter any of the following industries:

  • Video Producer
  • Video Editor
  • Videography
  • Editor
  • Motion Graphics Producer

Key Features

Gain an accredited UK qualification

Access to excellent quality study materials

Learners will be eligible for TOTUM Discount Card

Personalized learning experience

One year’s access to the course

Support by phone, live chat, and email

Course Curriculum Total Units : 75
1: What’s New In Adobe After Effects Cs4
1. Working with Photoshop® 3D Layers
2. Using Dynamic Link to Remove Noise in Soundbooth®
3. The New Timeline Search Feature & Pre-comp Flow Chart
4. Introducing the Cartoon Effect
2: Introduction To After Effects
1. Basic Video Concepts
2. Importing Files
3. Project Panel Overview
4. Creating a New Composition
5. Placing Footage in the Composition
6. Creating a Film Strip Effect with Multiple Movies
7. Timeline Panel Overview
8. Timeline Switches, Time Ruler & Work Area
9. Composition Panel Overview
3: Animation Basics
1. Exploring the Transform Properties
2. Introduction to Keyframing
3. Interpolating Keyframes
4. Practicing Interpolation
5. Copying & Pasting Keyframes
6. Creating a Loop
4: Working With Masks
1. Introduction to Masks
2. Animating Masks
3. Working with Mask Interpolation
4. Rotoscoping
5. Using Masks for Position Keyframes
6. Creating a Simple Animation Using Masks
5: Animating Text
1. An Introduction to Text in After Effects
2. Using Text Presets
3. Creating Text on a Path
4. Creating a Preset
5. Animators: Range Selector
6. Animators: Add Property
7. Animators: Two or More Range Selectors
8. Animators: Adding a Wiggly Selector
9. Working with Text from Photoshop
6: Animation Help
1. Using Motion Sketch & the Smoother
2. Using the Wiggler
3. Working with Auto-Orient & Split Layer
4. Time Remapping
5. Animating Stills Using the Anchor Point
7: Parenting & Basic Expressions
1. Parenting Basics & Null Objects
2. Animated Man Exercise
3. Stacking Ruler Exercise
4. Text Animation Exercise
5. Introduction to Basic Expressions
6. Applying Expressions for Wiggle & Loop
7. Using Expressions with Audio Files
8: Basic Compositing
1. Applying Layer Blending Modes
2. Creating a Track Matte
3. Keying & Keylight
4. Compound Effects: Gradient Wipe & Displacement Map
5. Compound Effects: Wave World & Caustics
6. Pre-composing & Nesting
9: Stabilizing & Tracking
1. Stabilizing a Shot
2. Tracking a Point
3. The Tracker Panel & Motion Tracker Options
4. Corner Pin Tracking
5. Mocha for After Effects
10: Particles & Paint
1. Introduction to Particle Playground
2. Breathing Tiger Exercise
3. Introduction to Paint
4. Creating an Invisible Pen Effect
11: Introduction To The 3d Engine
1. Introduction to Camera Angles & Monitor Views
2. Creating 3D Text with Lights & Shadows
3. Setting Up a 3D Scene
4. Animating a 3D Scene
5. Working with Vanishing Point
12: Shape Layers & The Puppet Tools
1. Creating a Shape Layer
2. Animating Shapes with Repeater & Brainstorm
3. Using the Puppet Pin & Puppet Starch Tools
4. Using the Puppet Overlap Tool
5. Animating with the Puppet Tools
13: Rendering & Exporting
1. Using the Render Queue
2. Working with Adobe Clip Notes
3. Exporting for Flash®
4. Credits
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