Learn Adobe After Effects and make better videos today!

The best guide to creating motion graphics and using special effects with Adobe After Effects. Start creating today!
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  • Philip Ebiner Founder of Video School Online, Video Creator, Entrepreneur

    My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I've been making videos since I was a young child, and do it professionally now as a video producer at UC Berkeley. I've created (produced, shot, edited) hundreds of videos over the past five years. Now it is time to teach you!

    What would you like to learn? Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects? Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro? Would you like to take better photographs? Would you like to make money teaching online courses like I do? Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

    If any of these topics sparked your interest, you're in luck! I have courses on these topics, and many more! Check them out, and enroll today!

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Learn Adobe After Effects and make better videos today!

The best guide to creating motion graphics and using special effects with Adobe After Effects. Start creating today!
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

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Get ready to create motion graphics that will improve your video quality. If you've always wanted to learn how to use video effects and create custom motion graphics, you can learn After Effects right now.

Practice lessons will get you motivated and moving to your goals.

The lessons are meant to teach you how to think like a motion graphics/video effects artist. After Effects is a robust tool that is capable of creating almost any video effect out there. You'll learn all of the basics, intermediate, and some advanced techniques, from working with shapes, text, and textures to video effects, transitions, and 3d camera.

Here is a glimpse of what we'll be covering:

  • After Effects program layout + basics
  • Adding layers and working with transform tools
  • Creating unique shapes with motion
  • Masks and mask animations
  • 3d layers and animations
  • 3D cameras and camera animations
  • Working with Photoshop & After Effects
  • Video FX such as: page turns, fractal noise, color correction
  • Transitions such as: linear & radial wipes
  • Exporting with transparency
  • Exporting for YouTube
  • Green Screen editing in After Effects
  • Getting a Job with After Effects
  • and so much more!

Knowing After Effects is a great skill to have that is in demand and highly marketable. I've landed many jobs with the skills that I teach you in this course.

    • PC or Mac
    • Free Trial of After Effects
    • After Effects CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4, or CS3
    • Over 84 lectures and 9 hours of content!
    • To become a proficient video effects and motion graphics editor using beginner, intermediate, and advanced techniques.
    • Learn the ins and outs of After Effects
    • Create your own amazing videos!
    • Improve your video quality with graphics
    • Beginner to Intermediate Video Editors
    • Videographers
    • Storytellers
    • Designers

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CURRICULUM

  • SECTION 1:
    Course Introduction
  • 1
    Course Overview
    05:10
    Let's go over everything this course has to offer with this course overview video.
  • 2
    Instructor Introduction
    06:19
    Learn a little bit more about myself!
  • 3
    How to get a FREE trial of After Effects!
    03:14
    In this lesson, I'll show you how to get a free trial of After Effects so you can follow along with this course.
  • SECTION 2:
    An Introduction to After Effects
  • 4
    After Effects Layout
    07:02
    In this lesson, we'll go over the After Effects Program so you have a basic idea of what it does and how to navigate.
  • 5
    Starting a New Composition
    06:45
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to start a new composition and learn about the different options for compositions.
  • 6
    Importing Footage
    03:47
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to import footage into After Effects.
  • 7
    Basic Tools
    07:36
    In this lesson, we'll learn about the basic tools in After Effects.
  • 8
    Basic Layer Transformations
    06:10
    In this lesson, we'll learn about the basic layer transformations in After Effects.
  • 9
    The Timeline
    08:01
    In this lesson, we'll go over the timeline in After Effects.
  • SECTION 3:
    Basic Animations
  • 10
    What are Keyframes?
    06:27
    In this lesson, we'll learn about keyframes - the building blocks of After Effects.
  • 11
    Position Animations
    10:54
    In this lesson, we'll learn about animating position in After Effects.
  • 12
    Opacity Animations
    04:48
    In this lesson, we'll go over opacity animations.
  • 13
    Size Animations
    08:01
    In this lesson, we'll learn about adding size animations.
  • 14
    Rotation Animations
    06:17
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to add a rotation animation.
  • 15
    Easy Ease - Intermediate Skill
    03:57
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the Easy Ease effect to make our animations look more natural and have more flow.
  • 16
    Smooth Text Motion
    06:29

    In this video, I'll give you some advanced tips for how to add motion to your text in a smooth, natural way.

  • 17
    Challenge 1 - Basic Animations
    01:33

    Welcome to your first challenge. In these challenges, I want you to try to replicate the animation with the skills you've learned so far in this course. In the follow-up lesson, I'll show you exactly how I do it!

    For more great tips & tutorials, visit VideoSchoolOnline.com

  • 18
    Challenge 1 - Basic Animations Tutorial
    09:57

    Let's take a look how I did Challenge 1.

  • SECTION 4:
    Shapes
  • 19
    Working with Shapes
    05:47
    In this lesson, we'll dive into working with shapes in After Effects.
  • 20
    Creating Shapes with Mask Tool
    05:11
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to create shapes with the mask tool.
  • 21
    Editing a Mask
    05:43
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to edit the masks we've created.
  • 22
    Using the Pen Tool
    03:15
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the pen tool.
  • 23
    Mask Animations - Basic
    07:22
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to add basic mask animations.
  • 24
    Mask Animations - Intermediate
    06:27
    In this lesson, we'll dive deeper into mask animations.
  • 25
    Challenge 2 - Mask Animations
    01:14

    Here is the challenge for this shapes/mask section.

    In these challenges, I want you to try to replicate the animation with the skills you've learned so far in this course. In the follow-up lesson, I'll show you exactly how I do it!

    For more great tips & tutorials, visit VideoSchoolOnline.com

  • 26
    Challenge 2 - Mask Animations Tutorial
    07:16

    Here's how I did challenge 2 myself.

  • SECTION 5:
    3D - Three Dimensions and After Effects
  • 27
    Introduction to 3D
    05:58
    In this lesson, we'll introduce 3D editing in After Effects.
  • 28
    3D Animations - Basic Part 1
    08:02
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to add 3D animations.
  • 29
    3D Animations - Basic Part 2
    06:22
    In this lesson, we'll continue to learn how to edit in 3D.
  • 30
    3D Animations - Intermediate // The Dog House
    12:24
    In this lesson, we'll practice some 3D editing.
  • 31
    Challenge 3 - 3D Rotation
    00:59

    Here's the third challenge - create a 3D rotating object!

    In these challenges, I want you to try to replicate the animation with the skills you've learned so far in this course. In the follow-up lesson, I'll show you exactly how I do it!

    For more great tips & tutorials, visit VideoSchoolOnline.com

  • 32
    Challenge 3 - 3D Rotation Tutorial
    08:24

    Let's see how I did challenge 3 myself.

  • SECTION 6:
    3D Camera Tool
  • 33
    Using the Camera Tool - Part 1
    09:25
    In this lesson, we'll start learning about the 3D camera.
  • 34
    Using the Camera Tool - Part 2
    09:09
    In this lesson, we'll continue our work with the Camera Tool in After Effects.
  • 35
    Challenge 4 - 3D Camera
    01:09

    Challenge time! Try to replicate this 3D camera move!

  • 36
    Challenge 4 - 3D Rotation Tutorial
    04:33

    Let's dive into how I did challenge 4!

  • SECTION 7:
    Layer Styles in After Effects
  • 37
    Layer Style - Drop Shadow
    03:22
    In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about drop shadows.
  • 38
    Layer Style - Inner Shadow
    02:41
    In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about inner shadows.
  • 39
    Layer Style - Glow
    04:13
    In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about glow.
  • 40
    Layer Style - Bevel and Emboss
    02:42
    In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about beveling and embossing.
  • 41
    Layer Style - Overlays
    03:25
    In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about adding overlays.
  • 42
    Layer Style - Stroke
    02:07
    In this lesson, we'll go over how to apply a layer style in After Effects. Today, we'll learn about adding a stroke.
  • 43
    Challenge 5 - Layer Style Animations
    00:40

    I challenge you! This time, I challenge you to recreate this awesome layer style animation. In the next video, I'll show you exactly how I do it!

  • 44
    Challenge 5 - Layer Style Animations Tutorial
    06:50

    Let's dive into how I did challenge 5!

  • SECTION 8:
    Green Screen // Chromakeying in After Effects
  • 45
    Introduction to Green Screen
    04:45
    In this lesson, we'll cover the basic color key in After Effects.
  • 46
    Keylight 1.2 Effect
    04:51
    In this lesson, we'll learn about the very powerful Keylight 1.2 effect.
  • 47
    Adding a Background
    05:31
    In this lesson, we'll learn how adding a background can improve our green screen videos.
  • 48
    Cropping and Green Screen
    05:26
    In this lesson, we'll learn how cropping our video can help with green screen editing.
  • 49
    Color Correction and Green Screen
    03:31
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to use color correction to improve our green screen videos.
  • 50
    Green Screen Wrap Up
    10:42
    In this lesson, we'll wrap up our lessons about green screen.
  • SECTION 9:
    Working with Effects
  • 51
    Text - Preset Animations
    06:24
    In this lesson, we'll dive into our effects bin. Today, we'll talk about preset text effects including animating in and animating out your text.
  • 52
    Advanced Effect - CC Page Turn
    06:28
    In this lesson, we'll learn about the CC Page Turn effect. This effect is great for making layers (images, text, compositions) flip like a page from a book.
  • 53
    Advanced Effect - Fractal Noise
    07:35
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the fractal noise effect.
  • 54
    How to Make Stars - CC Star Burst
    03:59
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the CC Star Burst effect to create a beautiful starfield.
  • 55
    Radial and Linear Wipe Effects
    05:36
    In this lesson, we'll learn about the different wipe transitions - linear wipe and radial wipe.
  • 56
    Color Correction Options in After Effects
    07:21
    In this lesson, we'll learn about the color correction option in After Effects.
  • SECTION 10:
    Advanced After Effects Tips
  • 57
    Advanced Tip - Working with Adobe Premiere Pro
    04:16
    In this advanced lesson, we'll learn how to work with After Effects and Premiere Pro together.
  • 58
    Advanced Tip - Working with Adobe Photoshop
    04:13
    In this advanced lesson, we'll learn how to work with After Effects and Photoshop together.
  • 59
    Advanced Tip - Precomposing // Working with Pre-Compositions
    04:26
    In this lesson, we'll learn using precompositions to organize your After Effects projects.
  • 60
    Transfer Modes
    04:16
    In this lesson, we'll learn about transfer modes (aka blending modes).
  • 61
    Motion Tracking - Part 1
    08:11
    In this lesson, we'll learn to use the motion tracking tools in After Effects.
  • 62
    Motion Tracking - Part 2
    06:11
    In this lesson, we'll continue to learn how to use the motion tracking tools within After Effects.
  • 63
    Stabilization in After Effects
    04:16
    In this lesson, we'll learn how you can use After Effects to stabilize your footage.
  • 64
    Working with Lights in After Effects
    10:49
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to use lights in After Effects.
  • SECTION 11:
    Timing
  • 65
    Time - Freeze Frame
    02:53
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to create a freeze frame from any video layer or composition.
  • 66
    Time - Stretch & Reverse Time
    04:43
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to create slow motion and fast motion videos. Also, we'll learn how to reverse video footage.
  • 67
    Time - Remapping
    05:20
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to fully customize your time with the time remapping tool.
  • SECTION 12:
    Exporting from After Effects
  • 68
    Exporting from After Effects - Best Quality and for YouTube
    05:27
    In this lesson, we'll learn the best practices for exporting.
  • 69
    Exporting with a Transparent Background
    01:50
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to export your After Effects projects with a transparent background. This is a necessary skill when exporting titles and other graphics that need to be used in other projects as overlays.
  • SECTION 13:
    Practice Sessions - Follow me as I make cool stuff!
  • 70
    How to Make a Space Scene
    13:22
    Let's create a space scene with After Effects.
  • 71
    Motion Graphics Practice 1
    09:20
    In this practice session, we put everything we've learned together and create some fun lower third titles.
  • 72
    Motion graphics Practice 2
    20:29
    In this lesson, we'll continue practicing motion graphics with the skills that we've learned.
  • 73
    The Flying Crow
    11:10

    In this lesson, we'll create a scene with a bird flying through the sky.

    Crow footage can be found here:

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqm9CqwiQ50

  • 74
    Driving Lessons
    06:47
    In this lesson, we'll practice using green screen footage to create a car scene.
  • SECTION 14:
    Course Wrap Up
  • 75
    After Effects Crash Quiz
    5 questions
  • 76
    Landing a Job with After Effects
    11:32
    In this lesson, I give you 3 tips on finding a job with After Effects skills.
  • 77
    SURVEY: What do you want to learn next?
    Text
  • 78
    How to Review a Course in Udemy
    03:59
    In this lesson, we'll go over how to review a course in Udemy. I would appreciate you leaving an honest review of my course! Thank you!
  • 79
    Thank You and Farewell
    02:38
    Thank you for taking this course! I really have had a blast sharing my knowledge with you. Please leave me a great review and check out my other courses!
  • SECTION 15:
    Student Work
  • 80
    Student Work 1
    Text
  • SECTION 16:
    BONUS LECTURES
  • 81
    Valentine's Day Motion Graphics
    10:55

    In this free tutorial, learn how I made the video graphics for this Valentine's Day message.

    www.VideoSchoolOnline.com

  • 82
    Create a Countdown
    10:53

    In this free tutorial, learn how I make a countdown in After Effects! Enjoy!

    www.VideoSchoolOnline.com

  • 83
    Graph Editor Basics
    11:32

    I've got a new tutorial for you. This one, I'm talking about a semi-advanced topic of using the graph editor. The graph editor is a way to make motion of objects look more natural and/or just more interesting.

  • 84
    Clean Lower Thirds
    16:35

    Check out this tutorial on creating a clean lower third graphic using the techniques we learned in this course. You can find more great tutorials for free at VideoSchoolOnline.com

  • 85
    Story Time - After Effects Project
    18:05

    Check out this tutorial on creating the story time graphic using the techniques we learned in this course. You can find more great tutorials for free at VideoSchoolOnline.com

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REVIEWS

  • J. Miller Adam
    Friendly, non-intimidating Instructor, but and awkward presenter

    Phil seems like a nice guy who knows his way around After Effects, but his stumbling, hesitating and fairly unrehearsed speaking style is frustrating. He also mumbles and gets terms mixed up frequently. You won't learn the correct name of the tools or the thinking behind the organization of the program from this video. You will get a slow and steady cookbook-style presentation of how to achieve many basic After Effects functions. His challenges are useful tools for self-testing and using them can help the learner overcome some confusion from Phil's sloppy teaching/presentation style. Overall, rather unpolished but a good value.

  • Attila Hazay
    Great challenges to practice

    This is overall a great course and I have learned a lot. What I particularly liked were the challenges at the end of the first couple of sections, nevertheless they were not present later on in the course which I personally missed. I also found that the sources used within different lessons (e.g.images,videos) were missing in the download section. I did not find this a big problem since I used other resources which worked fine, nevertheless other instructors provide full resources. I also found out that knowing other programs from Adobe package like Photoshop helped me a lot since some concepts in After Effects (like layers) are similar... meaning that this course might some total beginners (with no experience with Adobe programs) find complicated. That is the reason I can't give full five stars otherwise thanks to Philip I believe I learned something useful.

  • James Pryce
    Very comprehensive

    I approached this course with a strong knowledge of Photoshop and FCP and having dabbled with AE for some time. Was definitely worth going over the basics and learning some tips, tricks and losing bad habits!

  • Mark Gravas
    Do this course!

    If you've put off learning AE, there's really no longer an excuse. Phil's introduction to the basics of AE is great. He's lessons are short and concise while being clear and methodical. I'm moving onto another couple of Phil's courses now.

  • Seth
    Great Class

    I learned so much in this class and I am taking more. Phil is a really good teacher.