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After Effects Apprentice: 10 Time Games

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Learn how to manipulate time (stop, slow, and speed up footage) in After Effects.

Discover how to manipulate time in After Effects. Author Chris Meyer shows how to stop, slow, and speed up footage, and how to combine these techniques with nested compositions, expressions, and the Graph Editor. Along the way, he reveals several important yet somewhat hidden functions, such as the advanced composition setting that ensures predictable stop motion, the Frame Mix and Pixel Motion modes of the Frame Blending switch, and the Time Remap parameter.

The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.


  • Welcome
  • Software versions and exercise files
1. Frame Blending for Slow Motion
  • Frame Mix mode
  • Pixel Motion mode
  • Pixel Motion Blue effect
2. Stop Motion and Freeze Frames
  • The Preserve Frame Rate option
  • Calming overactive effects
  • Creating hold and freeze frames
3. Time Remapping
  • Spotting hit points in time
  • Keyframing time
  • Refining speed changes with the Graph Editor
4. Quizzler
  • Quizzler challenge: Looping a composition
  • Quizzler solution
5. Idea Corners
  • Idea corner one: Crossfading stop motion frames
  • Idea corner two: Multiple playback speeds

Taught by

Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

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