Creative Split Screens in After Effects, Part 2
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Make your video work more awesome by creating dynamic composite movement!
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Created by Natasha Collette
Last updated 9/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Immediately enhance the professional quality of your AE (After Effects) projects
  • Learn AE techniques that can be used to effectively make a split screen project
  • Use multiple different approaches to accomplish an effect
  • Have greater control of camera movements and keyframing
  • Use masking techniques
  • Understand parenting in layers and compositions
  • Customize basic AE Expressions
  • Confidently apply preset Effects to your projects
  • Creatively use pre-compositions to add complexity to animated movement
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  • You should have access to Adobe After Effects. The course is created with Adobe CC 2015, but earlier versions (CS 4, 5, 6) will work. You may download a 30-day free trial of the software if you don’t already own it, visit Adobe’s website for more details. My tutorials are prepared on Mac software, but you will be able to accomplish the same results using a Mac or a PC.

Make your video projects more awesome today, by adding creative composite techniques in After Effects!  Learn to use the creative potential of split screens:  combining multiple layers of video and still images to create interesting combined, or composite, visual effects.  

There are many ways in which we can manipulate images, video footage, and really exploit the potentials of multiple layers and pre-compositions in After Effects.  In this course, media designer Natasha Collette introduces technical skills, workflows, and professional tips and tricks that will not only introduce you to the fun and creativity of split screens, but will enhance your entire After Effects skill set.

This course is a direct continuation of Creative Split Screens Part 1, so completely beginner-level students might find it easier to start with that course before taking Part 2.  In Creative Split Screens Part 2, we assume that students understand some basics:  starting a new project, importing assets, creating shapes and shape layers, compositions and pre-comp’s, keyframes, adding cameras to a 3-D composition, using preset effects, and know at least a bit about AE expressions.  Creative Split Screens Part 1 reviews all of these topics, so feel free to look at those tutorials first if you’re entirely new to After Effects.

Downloadable media files are available with each project, to encourage you to jump right in and start building in After Effects.  You’ll have clear instructions in each tutorial video allowing you to follow along step-by-step.  This course will help you to refine your existing After Effects skills, learn new techniques, and gain more proficiency and confidence.  

Creative Split Screens Part 2 is structured around three main “Projects”, each of which has been carefully designed to demonstrate particular concepts and give students hands-on experience applying new knowledge.  By the end of the course, you’ll have a better understanding of some approaches to incorporating split screens to add vibrancy, visual interest and a professional “polish” to your video, motion graphics, or animation work.  We’ll explore using shapes, masking, track mattes, parenting, pre-compositions, cameras, and some basic AE expressions that you can begin to use immediately.  These are all transferable skills and knowledge, which you can begin to apply into projects that you are already working on, or are inspired to start now!  

You’ll need access to Adobe After Effects to fully benefit from this course.  The tutorials have been created with Adobe After Effects CC 2015, but earlier versions of the software (CS 4, 5, 6) will work.  

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is designed as a direct continuation of Creative Split Screens for After Effects Part 1, any student who has completed that course will have enough background to follow these tutorials in Part 2. We’ll be using shape layers, shape tools, track mattes, pre-compositions, cameras, keyframes, and basic AE expressions. A completely beginner student might not follow everything presented here in Part 2; a comprehensive review of these skills is provided in Part 1.
  • Students can follow step by step to complete the tutorials included in this course; more advanced AE users will be able to improve existing skills and take the concepts further in their own work. One goal of this course is to encourage experimentation, and re-imagining your own AE projects.
  • We’ll talk in-depth about the workspace and basic features of After Effects, as it is relevant specifically to this course. This course is not a comprehensive introduction to the software, but we’ll cover specific topics that you will need to know to complete the projects here. If you need more beginner-level lessons, you may want to refer first to Creative Split Screens Part 1. Our main focus will be acquiring and refining the specific skills needed for the included lessons.
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
Overview of Creative Split Screens, Part 2
3 Lectures 07:03

Introduction to course, outline the structure and goals.

Preview 03:52

You will need access to Adobe After Effects. This course was created using After Effects CC 2015, but earlier versions of the software will work also.

If you don't already own or subscribe to Adobe / After Effects, you can download a free 30-day trial of the software from the Adobe website.

Preview 01:52

This course has 3 "Projects".  I am including the demo media files with each Project, you are welcome to download and use these files to practice each lesson.

For the lectures that have these media resources attached, I will indicate this in the lecture description.

Preview 01:19
12 Lectures 36:53

Overview of project #5, looking at different ways to create mirror-imaged movement.

Preview 01:17

Reviewing how to set up a composition with parented camera movement. 

Media Files are attached with this lecture as a downloadable resource.  This will download as a .zip file, open it to access the individual files.

Setting the Scene

Add a track matte and animate its movement.

Adding a track matte

How to change the length of a composition.

Preview 02:44

The quick way to reverse direction of movement.

Reverse direction : Quick turn-around

Learn about isolating position properties.

Solving for “X”

We add to the parenting expression to change camera position.

Altering the Expression

One final adjustment is needed to make this exact mirrored movement.

Making a “True” Mirror Movement

We’ve looked at horizontal mirroring, now we consider vertical mirroring.

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Altering the transform properties to create vertical mirroring.

Method #1 for Vertical Mirroring

Altering the camera movements to create vertical mirroring.

Method #2 for Vertical Mirroring

This is an example of a finished project using mirroring techniques.

Preview 00:35
8 Lectures 37:05

Introduction to Project #6, we experiment with creating complex movements in kaleidoscopic patterns.

Preview 02:49

An unbelievably quick way to create a 4-segment kaleidoscope effect.

Media Files are attached with this lecture as a downloadable resource.  This will download as a .zip file, open it to access the individual files.

Unbelievably Quick 4-segmented kaleidoscope

We’ll be creating a more complex kaleidoscope effect, start by creating the track matte.

Creating a precise track matte

Arranging layers by quadrants

Building the layered composition

Experiment with different shapes of track mattes.

Changing the alpha layer

Adding movements to the track matte.

Animating the alpha layer

Exploring more complex nested compositions using the kaleidoscope layers.

Big Shape, Little Shape

This is an example of a finished project using kaleidoscopic techniques covered in this section.

Preview 00:54
9 Lectures 28:35

Introduction to Project #7, we use some more advanced After Effects techniques to create a short motion graphic.

Preview 01:40

Analyze the elements of this first step of the animation.

Challenge: What's going on here?

Set up a split-screen animation, aligning mismatched images.

Media Files are attached with this lecture as a downloadable resource.  This will download as a .zip file, open it to access the individual files.

Building the Map

Create a split-screen animation with matched camera movements.

Matching Camera Movements

Adding movement to a Track Matte, enhancing movement between multiple layers.

Moving Mattes and Parenting

Enhancing the animation: add an effect to a moving track matte.

Adding an effect

Successfully linking movement via an expression

Battle of the Bulge (Effect): Moving an Effect

Add a final “polish” to your animation.

Refine the final animation

This is an example of the finished motion graphic, an animated map of Paris.

Preview 00:45
2 Lectures 03:39

We review what we've learned in Creative Split Screens, Part 2.

Course Summary

Keep thinking creatively!  I'll update this information when I publish new courses.

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About the Instructor
Natasha Collette
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Media Designer

Natasha Collette is a media designer in the Boston area. With a background in music and visual art, she has a completely unique skill set and aesthetic approach to creating media content.

An alumni of Berklee College of Music, she has a degree in Film Scoring. She has also completed a Digital Media Production program at Emerson College, which gave further refinement to her motion graphics work. This technical training has combined music composition, audio editing, video production, expertise with music and video software; and also developed the organizational skills of a proficient project manager. Every successful media project requires an ability to shift from “big picture”, to micro-focus attention to details -- whether it be good file management, setting up a budget and production timeline, or replaying the same one second of footage over and over until the animation movement is exactly right.

Natasha has been working with video for several years, both behind the camera and in the edit room. Final Cut Pro 7 was her first editing software, she now uses Premiere and the other programs included in the Adobe Creative Cloud. Her recent projects have focused more directly on motion graphics, leading to a strong proficiency in After Effects. She’s done work for private freelance clients, institutions, and online education.