After Effects guru, Brian Maffitt gives you an overview of the power of After Effects CS6, the industry-standard video-compositing, motion-graphics-design and animation tool. Review the After Effects workflow and see how it integrates with the Creative Suite, how it can be used in television and film to create special effects, how to composite scenes with blue/green screen keying, and complete creative tasks like drawing, 3D, and titles.
This After Effects CS6: Introduction & New Features series takes a closer look at the latest and greatest new features of After Effects CS6, including the Global Performance Cache, 3D Camera Tracker, Ray-traced 3D, Variable Mask Feathering, 3D Environment Maps, 3D Material options, Rolling Shutter Repair, and more.
Get an introduction to Ray-traced 3D with an in-depth look at extruded vector layers
Discover the new Mask Feather tool and why it’s so important
Examine 3D bendable layers and their properties
Transform a 2D layer into an Environment Layer and discover what an Environment Map is
What is After Effects? (97 min)
Basic workflow and terminology
Project and Flowchart Panels
Composition and Layer Panels
The Preview Panel
New and updated effects
Working in 3D
Optimizing for high performance
Global Performance Cache
3D Camera Tracker
Introduction to Ray-traced 3D
Ray-traced 3D, extruded text, and shapes
Variable Mask Feathering, Part 1
Variable Mask Feathering, Part 2
3D Bendable Footage and Composition Layers
3D Environment Map
3D New Material options
Fast draft preview renderer
Layer Bounding Boxes and Selection Indicators
Vector Footage Art-to-Shape conversion with ILCS6
Rolling Shutter Repair
Total Run Time: 1.5 hrs
Brian Maffitt brings a singularly diverse background to presenting and directing. As a former professional actor, photographer, carpenter, and Graceland Tour Guide, he jumped on board the computer graphic revolution in the late 1980s. He founded MAFF/x in 1993 and won several awards for video production, interactive design, and animation. Brian also co-founded Atomic Power Corporation and released two award-winning sets of software plugins for After Effects, “Psunami”, and “Evolution”. The latter was acquired by Adobe in 2001 and is now included with every copy of After Effects sold, and has been featured prominently in untold commercials and films,including Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “The Incredibles”.
A combination of communication skills and computer proficiency made video training a natural progression. As Total Training’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, he is devoted to great training, crafted by an extraordinary creative team, for exceptional customers. And if he can occasionally make you smile (or roll your eyes) along the way, so much the better.
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