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After Effects Apprentice: 03 Advanced Animation

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Learn how to create sophisticated animations in After Effects with the minimum amount of effort.

In this course, Chris Meyer helps beginning After Effects artists take their animations to the next level. Chris shows how to refine animations to create elegant, coordinated movements with the minimum number of keyframes—as well as slam-downs, whip pans, and other attention-getters. Additional movies show how to reverse-engineer existing animations, create variations on a theme, and master other parts of the program. Even though this course is designed for beginners, even veterans should learn tricks that many experienced users are unaware of. Chris' friendly running commentary lets you in on his mental process as he works on an animation. Exercise files for After Effects CS4 through CC are included with the course.After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.


  • Overview
  • Software versions and exercise files
1. Keyframe Basics
  • Reviewing keyframes
  • Exploring keyframe interpolation, velocity, and influence
  • Instant gratification: Auto Bézier
  • Instant gratification: Easy Ease
2. The Anchor Point
  • Setting the anchor point
  • Exploring an alternate way to edit
  • Working with motion control moves
  • Using an anchor point path
3. The Graph Editor
  • Navigating the Graph Editor
  • Understanding graph types
  • Editing values and timing
  • Interpolating in the Graph Editor
  • Coordinating keyframes
  • Working with separate dimensions
4. Crafting Organic Movements
  • Using Motion Sketch
  • Working with the Smoother
  • Working with Auto-Orientation
  • Using roving keyframes
5. Smooth Motion and Stop Motion
  • Enabling motion blur
  • Adjusting motion blur
  • Slamming down with Hold keyframes
  • Blinking with Hold keyframes
6. Quizzlers
  • Quizzler challenges
  • Quizzler solution one: Bounce and squish
  • Quizzler solution two: Perfect orbit
  • Quizzler solution three: Overshoot animations
7. Idea Corner
  • Idea corner one: Alternative camera movements
  • Idea corner two: Independent slam
8. Sidebars
  • Work area tips and tricks
  • Working with time display format

Taught by

Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

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