Monthly Archives: March 2016

Creative Cloud Updates Tips

Adobe After Effects CC 2015 brings significant breakthroughs in performance and shared workflows—and in this course, master user Chris Meyer will show you how to put them to work in real-world situations. After Effects has been rewired underneath the hood to be more responsive, including a new preview scheme optimized for those with an editing background. Creative Cloud Libraries were also introduced in the CC 2015 release, as well as face tracking technology thanks to Adobe Character Animator, which is now bundled with the program. With over 20 years experience using After Effects, Chris Meyer demonstrates these and other changes using real-world examples, including how to work around the inevitable shortcomings and gotchas.

Check back often for updates. New chapters will be added each time Adobe releases a major After Effects update.

Topics include:

  • Preview options
  • Editing a project without stopping preview playback
  • Navigating the CC Libraries workflows
  • Moving animations from Adobe Character Animator to After Effects
  • Using expressions to dynamically measure facial dimensions
  • Setting up layers in CINEWARE and CINEMA 4D Lite

Titling for Video Editors

images-26We’re living in a 3D world, so it only makes sense to integrate 3D type into our videos as well. In this project-based course, motion graphics artists and video editor Eran Stern shows you how to add 3D titles to your movies. He explores four different ways to create text while expanding the capabilities of Premiere Pro by working with integrations and plugins. Animating text is also covered. Regardless of the editing tool you use, principles and instructions in this course are universal, including how to ensure your text has meaning and works in harmony with the content shown.

This course works through real-world scenarios, showcasing impressive type effects used to create visually stunning scenes. To make type integrate seamlessly with the footage, Eran demonstrates how to use tracking, rotoscoping, particles, distortions, camera effects, and more. Compositing is performed in Premiere Pro as the main editing hub. In addition to Photoshop and After Effects, the course also explores a PixelSquid plugin, a Bounce Pack set of transitions, ReelSmart Motion Blur, a Continuum Complete set of 3D objects, and some text design templates of Titler Pro 4. These third-party plugins are introduced to complement your workflow while keeping time spent outside the editing interface minimal. This course is designed to equip you with the skills needed to create promos, trailers, and openers that exhibit superb use of 3D titles.

Topics include:

  • Creating 3D objects and type
  • Rendering text
  • Animating with motion and transitions
  • Faking depth with rotoscoping
  • Working with multiple layers
  • Creating a shatter explosion
  • Floating type in a liquid text simulation
  • Attaching type to a moving object within a scene
  • Adding motion graphics to movement within a scene