Category Archives: After Effects

After Effects – week 14

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Presentations
  2. I will be lecturing in another class for the first part of today (30-45 minutes). Please stick around. When I return, we’ll talk about your storyboards and move on to the next step – animatics
  3. Tutorials we can do if we have time:
    1. Graph Editor
    2. Create Grungy Effects
  4.  Tutorials:
    1. Add Rain to Video
    2. Add a Glitch Effect
  5. Work on Team Project

Wednesday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Look at any finished animatics
  3. Tutorials:
    1. Graph Editor
    2. Create Grungy Effects
  4. Tutorials we can do if we have time:
    1. Add Rain to Video
    2. Add a Glitch Effect
  5. Work on Team Project

Assignment

  • Work on Team Project
  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

After Effects – week 12

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Check out all the cool new stuff announced at Adobe Max
  3. Show remaining Halloween Projects
  4. Talk about next project:
    1. Team project (2-person teams)
    2. Create two 30-second Super Bowl ads for the same product (real or imaginary)
    3. No video game videos will be allowed on this project (they tend to get overused)
  5. Tutorials:
    1. Graph Editor
    2. Create Grungy Effects

Wednesday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Look at text summaries of Super Bowl ads
  3. Show examples of storyboards
    1. Storyboard example
    2. Storyboard template
    3. Shot list, storyboard and other templates
  4. Work on storyboards for Super Bowl ads
  5.  Tutorials:
    1. Add Rain to Video
    2. Add a Glitch Effect
  6. Work on Team Project

Assignment

  • Work on Team Project
  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

After Effects – week 11

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Show remaining  student Persuasive Ads
  3. Tutorials:
    1. Graph Editor
    2. Create Grungy Effects
  4. Work on Halloween Project – due Wednesday

Wednesday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Look at finished Halloween Projects
  3. Tutorials:
    1. Add Rain to Video
    2. Add a Glitch Effect
  4. Work on book chapters

Assignment

  • Finish Secret History of Halloween project
  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

After Effects – week 9

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Look at in-class exercise “Emotions” worked on last Wednesday
  3. Discuss ideas for Halloween Project submitted via text file
  4. Demo information about going from Premiere to After Effects (Dynamic Link)
  5. Tutorials: Building Custom Transitions
  6. Work on Halloween Project, book chapters

Wednesday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Tutorials: Create Animated Backgrounds
  3. Work on Halloween assignment and book chapters

Assignment

  • Work on Secret History of Halloween project
  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

After Effects – week 8

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Presentations
  2. Grades
  3. Show any remaining Frostiana projects
  4. Discuss ideas for Halloween Project submitted via text file
  5. Tutorial: Work with 3D. Get the files here
    1. Understand Renderers
    2. Position 3D Layers in 2D Space
    3. Add Lights to a 3D Scene
    4. Fly Through a Scene with a Camera
    5. Create 3D Type with the Cinema 4D Renderer
  6. Work on Halloween Project, book chapters

Wednesday

  1.  Show any remaining Frostiana projects
  2. Information about going from Premiere to After Effects (Dynamic Link)
  3. In-class exercise: create an After Effects project that conveys a feeling or emotion without using any text or spoken words – use images, video, animation, transitions, graphics, music, sound effects, etc. Make it so someone who’s watching it could guess the feeling or emotion. Make it at least one minute long.
  4. Work on assignment and book chapters

Assignment

  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

After Effects – week 7

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Show Frostiana projects used for choral performance (start at 33:45) and – private link – show these as well
  2. Tutorials:
    1. Animate a title reveal
    2. Paint animated brush strokes
  3. Work on Frostiana project, book chapters
  4. The Frostiana project is due Wednesday

Wednesday

  1. View finished Frostiana projects
  2.  Tutorials:
    1. Intro to Clone Stamp
    2. Intro to Content Aware Fill
  3. Discuss new project: The Secret History of Halloween
    1. 30 seconds to 2 minutes long
    2. Unveils the “real” story behind the origin of Halloween (which is whatever you want it to be)
    3. Due Oct. 30th
    4. Before you leave today – create a text file that describes what you want to do for this project and upload it to your Google Drive folder
  4. Work on assignment and book chapters

Assignment

  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

After Effects – week 6

Classroom

Monday

  1.  Turn in and critique Project 1
  2. How to animate a mask in After Effects – demonstrate for real
  3. Show Frostiana examples
  4. In-class exercise (work on this today and Wednesday) – Frostiana
    1. Animate the lyrics of one of these Robert Frost poems
  5. Work on book chapters

Wednesday

  1. Tutorials:
    1. Animate an infographic
    2. Create a handwritten title
    3. Animate a title reveal
    4. Paint animated brush strokes
  2. Continue work on Frostiana exercise
  3. Computers being replaced – back up your work
  4. Work on assignment and book chapters

Assignment

  • Work on Frostiana exercise
  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

After Effects – week 5

Classroom

Monday

  1. Flying saucer tutorial
  2. How to animate a mask in After Effects – demonstrate
  3. Project 1 is due Wednesday
  4. Work on Project 1 and book chapters

Wednesday

  1. Project 1 due next Monday. We’ll look at any that are already done today
  2. Finish Flying saucer tutorial
  3. Adobe tutorials – finish working on these tutorials. The videos are here. Download these files
  4. Work on assignment and book chapters

Assignment

  • Finish Project 1 – 30 seconds long, animate a quote, song lyric or saying, add music. You may also add video and other extras if you like. – due a week from today
  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

After Effects – week 4

Classroom

Monday

  1. Share presentation schedule
  2. How to animate a mask in After Effects
  3. Please take a look at this article about  frame rates
  4. Do Audition tutorial. For visuals – download this file. For audio – download this file.
  5. Discuss deadline for Project 1
  6. Work on assignments and book chapters

Wednesday

  1. Adobe tutorials – start working on these tutorials. The videos are here. Download these files
  2. Work on assignment and book chapters

Assignment

  • Work on Project 1 – 30 seconds long, animate a quote, song lyric or saying., add music. You may also add video and other extras if you like. – due a week from today
  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

After Effects – week 3

Classroom

Wednesday

  1. Go over chapter 1, if people have questions
  2. Show how to render movie falls from book lessons
  3. Share presentation schedule
  4. Talk briefly about  frame rates
  5.  Watch shape layer video, download the files to work with
  6. Do in-class exercise with shapes – syncronize shape movement with music from http://www.bensound.com
  7. Work on assignments – consider incorporating shapes into. your assignments

Assignment

  • Work on Project 1 – 30 seconds long, animate a quote, song lyric or saying., add music. You may also add video and other extras if you like
  • Work on the next chapter in the textbook and turn in your work to the Google Drive folder

After Effects – Week 2

Classroom

Monday

  1. Attendance, introductions and review syllabus
  2. Create a Google Drive folder and share with me. Talk about presentations
  3. Discuss Adobe login and do that
  4. Look at example of great After Effects Projects (Forest, Stuxnet, Buenos Aires) with more here (Procrastination, Breaking Bad) Ira Glass, From Paper to Screen, 29 Ways to Stay Creative)
  5. Terminology video
  6. Interface drive-by tour

Assignment

  1. Buy the book. You will need to download the exercise files and have access to the After Effects software to do the homework.
  2. Do chapter one and upload your finished work to your Google Drive folder. We’ll go over it together during the next class.

Wednesday

  1. Go over chapter 1
  2. Discuss presentations
  3. Talk about first project – animated text
  4. Do sample Project 1 together. Download these:
    1. American Flag video
    2. Here’s the JFK quote
    3. And some stirring music (the President’s March)

Assignment

  • Work on ideas for Project 1 – 30 seconds long, animate a quote, song lyric or saying., add music. You may also add video and other extras if you like
  • On your own time, look at this post explaining frame rates

After Effects – Week 2

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Load book exercise files on all computers from USB drive
  2. Discuss the After Effects interface
  3. Go over how to animate text, import audio/video, how to render files
    1. audio
    2. download video from here
    3. image
  4. If there’s time, start looking at Chapter 1

Thursday

  1. Discuss Chapter 1 in textbook
  2. Demonstrate  how to use shapes/masks, how to render projects
  3. Discuss and assign due date (Feb. 7th) for Project 1

Assignments

  1. Buy the book – do Chapter 1 for this week, and Chapter 2 for next week
  2. Work on Project 1