After Effects Apprentice, 4th Edition for AE CC is the latest edition; click here for the Table of Contents and sample PDFs.
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After many years creating motion graphics for clients in Los Angeles, we now reside in the East Mountains of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite the more relaxed pace in the Land of Enchantment, we keep busy with other artistic pursuits; more about those in our About page.
We have created a variety of courses on After Effects (as well as Motion, Final Cut Pro, and CINEMA 4D) which are offered primarily through lynda.com.
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After Effects Apprentice Video Series: All of the lessons in the After Effects Apprentice video series are now available on lynda.com as well as through Class on Demand. The series closely follows After Effects Apprentice 2nd and 3rd editions and is now being updated to cover the new material in Apprentice 4th edition for CC.
While working in Los Angeles, we created motion graphics for a large variety of media and venues, including film titles, show opens, and trade show graphics. Samples of our past work can be found in our three Portfolio sections: Movie Titles, Broadcast, and Corporate.
We created a two-volume video library (in both SD and HD) for high-end stock footage house Artbeats. Called Liquid Abstracts and Nature Abstracts, these use the natural motion of water, leaves, wind chimes, and shadows as a starting point to create colorful background textures crafted to sit comfortably behind text, lower thirds, and ID bugs. We think you'll find them sensuous, as well as highly useful.
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Adobe After Effects CC 2015 brings significant breakthroughs in performance and shared workflows including a new preview scheme, libraries, and face tracking.
Each week Chris and Trish Meyer reveal another of After Effects' hidden gems: useful tricks, shortcuts, and features accumulated in their 20+ years of working with After Effects.
In this entry-level project-based course, Chris shows you how to extrude and animate a flying logo using Illustrator, After Effects, and the powerful 3D plugin bundled with Creative Cloud, CINEMA 4D Lite.
Learn about all the exciting motion graphics and visual effects features in After Effects CC. Chris reviews the streamlined connection to Maxon CINEMA 4D, highlights the Refine Edge tool for creating mattes around hair and other partially transparent areas, and reveals how to get more accurate tracks and stabilizations with Reverse Stabilization and ground planes, plus lots more.