Adobe's After Effects CS5 is the industry-leading motion graphics software that powers animations across all media including the web, on TV and in feature films. Join visual artist/musician and macProVideo.com trainer Richard Lainhart in this detailed exploration of everything you need to know about the powerful animation tools in After Effects CS5.
Animation, like music, exists in time and space, moving and evolving as it takes you on a virtual, visual journey. Adobe After Effect CS5 is the industry-leading software for accomplishing all kinds of animations from simple text fly-bys to vast multi-dimensional imaginary worlds. macProVideo.com is proud to bring you Richard Lainhart (filmmaker, composer and all around digital artisan) to lead you through our new After Effects 101 tutorial.
With a friendly, captivating way of teaching, Richard walks you through the essential skills you need to efficiently and effectively use Adobe After Effects. From the basics of navigating the interface, to more complex skills such as animating and using visual effects, you'll learn all you need to know to composite and manipulate 3D layers in space!
Section 1: Section 1 - After Effects Interface Basics
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Bill Neboyskey wrote on June 13, 2021
Mr Lainhart is extremely good at describing the intricate details of using Adobe After Effects! Plus the guy has a great voice - easy to listen to!
samer wrote on December 21, 2015
just perfect , so far ... looking forward to finish the entire course
Tyler Garner wrote on May 8, 2015
I feel very confident in the basics of After Effects now.
Jose Alonso wrote on August 19, 2012
Don't get me wrong, Richard's tutorial is outstanding. He knows his stuff and demos it well. All the bells and whistles of the fine tuning are there and I learned a lot and have it available for when I need to refresh. But I was a tad disapointed in as much as I was looking at this tutorial to help me transition from Final Cut Pro X into After Effects. What I mean is that I would like to use After Effects to build the complete story line of my movie, not just tweak certain clips with great effects. And I did not find much about workflow and building transitions between clips and looking at the complete timeline as I do in FCPX. I know how to take a clip from my events stock in FCPX and move it into the project window and start buildong my movie. But I could not find how to do this in Richard's tutorial and from the titles of your other tutorials it seems that you have nothing covering this. Perhaps I misunderstood what After Effects is all about, but there must be a way to edit clips and build the complete movie with After Effects and not have to rely on edited clips in AE that are then used in FCPX to make the final movie.
Chris wrote on January 5, 2012
Nice intro to AE, but I really miss having the practice files to go with it!
Kiefer Shacklock wrote on August 10, 2011
Excellent tutorial. I had never used After Effects in my life and I now will be using it to compose a few video introductions. Included everything i hoped for and in a friendly and effective way.
Craig Wehr wrote on February 17, 2011
Excellent tutorial. Its been a few versions since I last used After Effects, and this really helped me shake the rust off. I learned a lot of new things I had no idea you could do before. Richard is very easy to follow along with and I look forward to checking out his other AE tutorials on this website.
Thomas Rutherford wrote on January 4, 2011
All & all, I thought it was pretty well put together. Especially for a beginner like me :-)
The only thing I would add would be the ability to play through the chapters more smoothly then the way they are set up as of this dateâ€¦ That goes for all the 'mac pro videos' within N.E.D. .
Otherwise, I quite pleased & grateful for the work & effort put into each & every tutorial.
(Side-Note: I also own a 'SoundTrack Pro' tutorial. I found it to center too much on the "Score/Music" aspect Vs. how to tweak dialogâ€¦ Other then that, I was quite satisfied.)