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After Effects CC, Part 1: Preview & Management

with expert John Wiley & Sons

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Course at a glance

Included in these subscriptions:

  • Creative Design Power Pack
  • Power Pack Plus

Release date Release date 2/21/2015
Level Level Beginner
Runtime Runtime 1h 14m
Platform Platform Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Mac OSX Major browsers on Mac OSX Mobile Devices Mobile Devices
Published eBooks Published eBooks Included
Hands-on labs Hands-on labs N/A
Sample files Sample files Included
Exams Exams N/A

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Course description

After Effects is one of the creative industries leading motion graphics and visual effects programs, and After Effects CC includes even more great tools to bring your creations to life. In this four part learning series, you can learn the ins and outs of maximizing After Effects CC – from basic animation to motion sketching and beyond – with After Effects CC. Find your way around the After Effects interface and preview still images, video, sound, and compositions. Understand basic animation principles and work with masks, mattes, keys, texts, audio, and 3D layers. Take on advanced animation techniques like motion sketching, graph editing, warp stabilizing, and camera tracking. Share your projects on the web, TV, and other digital displays.


This course assumes you have familiarity with Adobe After Effects. This course is part of 4 courses, After Effects CC: Preview & Management, After Effects CC: Parent, Mats and Text, After Effects CC: Text, Audio and 3D, and After Effects CC: Tracker & Expressions. Please be sure to view the courses in order if you are new to the material.

Meet the expert

John Wiley & Sons Our Creative Design courses are presented by experts from Wiley Publishing. Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice, and education. They are the publisher of award-winning journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services.

Course outline

Preview and Management

Interface of After Effects (22:18)
  • Introduction (00:08)
  • Introduction (00:36)
  • Settings (05:10)
  • Opening and Importing (02:47)
  • Interface Buttons (01:11)
  • Comp Panel (04:36)
  • Panels (05:02)
  • Functionality (02:36)
  • Summary (00:08)
Preview Media (24:34)
  • Introduction (00:08)
  • Overview (04:36)
  • Preview Layers (03:42)
  • Media Management (02:45)
  • Import Media (02:04)
  • Import Multiple Files (04:02)
  • Advanced Importing (02:31)
  • Import Compositions (04:34)
  • Summary (00:08)
Media Management (27:08)
  • Introduction (00:08)
  • Overview (00:29)
  • Fixing Missing File (02:55)
  • Another Missing File Fix (03:57)
  • Compositions and the Timeline (02:59)
  • Panel Menu for Columns (01:05)
  • Explore Layers (05:22)
  • Basic Animation (03:17)
  • Animation to Final Design (01:09)
  • Key Frames (05:35)
  • Summary (00:08)