In this 2 part tutorial we will take a basic to advanced look at creating titles in After Effects. We will also get into powerful camera animation techniques and create a 3D particle systems.
In this tutorial we will cover the basics of 3D in After Effects. You’ll learn to turn any layer into 3D as well as create 3D lights and cameras. We will also take a look at depth of field and a 3D particle system.
In this tutorial we will cover how speed changes are done in After Effects. We will perform speed changes as well as speed ramps. Additionally we will discuss the difference between frame blending and pixel motion
This is from an older, but excellent, post on Den of Geek listing the top 50 special effects ever.
Some highlights include:
46: The Fifth Element (1997) – Bruce Willis’s air-taxi pulls out of the garage.
The surfaces and lighting are flawless in this shot of the flying yellow-cab setting off for work, but crucially it’s the accuracy of the physics that sells it. As the cab brakes to avoid an oncoming vehicle, its weight settles back into its own suspension before forward-thrust takes it off again for a right turn. It’s a little thing, but it makes a huge difference, and is arguably one of the biggest barriers CGI has yet to confront. Another excellent example of correct weight and movement in an exit is the 180-degree turn that the Millennium Falcon makes when exiting the Death Star in Star Wars (original 1977 release). That’s ironic, since it’s turning in zero-gravity and should have no weight. But then, there’s no sound in space either.
40: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) – Entrance to V’Ger
The entrance to the inner heart of TMP’s monstrous space-urchin follows the organic motif established so impressively in Douglas Trumbull’s (perhaps excessively-used) footage of V’Ger. The thing is, it’s very hard to tell how that organic aperture is actually working. Is it an iris of some kind or are the ‘petals’ actually changing shape? Truth is that the gate segments are actually cones spinning in unison. Since the camera remains perpendicular to the circular bases of the cones, the secret is hard to guess.
29: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Entering the airlock without a space-helmet.
The pioneering rotoscoping and miniature work of Douglas Trumbull, Wally Veevers and Les Bowie often overshadows one of the most effective zero-gravity shots ever filmed – and, unlike on Apollo 13, the film-makers had no need to hire NASA’s ‘vomit comet’ to obtain it. In the movie Dave Bowman – Keir Dullea – is forced to re-enter a spaceship without a space-helmet, and does so by depressurising his lungs and blowing the explosive bolts of his EVA vehicle, which is pressed hard to the airlock. The shot was accomplished by positioning the camera directly beneath the pod and airlock set and ejecting a roped Dullea from the prop pod with an accompanying puff of propane. The angle hides the support wires, and the lack of any sound (until the cabin repressurises) is what really sells the shot. Arguably the ejection of the oxygen in one blast might have moved the pod away, but that’s perhaps an unreasonable quibble. There are too many other SFX shot contenders from 2001 to even begin to list them here.
11: Return Of The Jedi (1983) – ‘There’s too many of them!’
To give some idea of how hard a composite matte shot with 40+ elements was in the days of photochemical special effects, check out our interview with John Dykstra. Even with ILM’s improved compositing techniques, getting that many elements to combine when the failure of only one could mean starting from scratch, is a huge achievement.
1: Jurassic Park (1992) – T-Rex investigates the light.
One of the oldest clips from the world of bitmap-textured CGI animation, and – to my mind – simply the most convincing ‘impossible thing’ ever committed to celluloid by Hollywood. The segue between the withdrawing of Stan Winston’s animatronic head and the appearance of the CGI version is effective and seamless, playing both technologies to their strengths. The movement of the musculature in the T-Rex combines with the very prosaic illumination of the car headlights to sell the Rex, and the camera judder combines perfectly with the footfalls of the massive beast. Rain and darkness have sold many a special effect before, and they certainly do no harm here, but the result is pure movie history.
The third video in Video Copilot’s After Effects Basic Training Series, Effects, shows how to add basic animations to your videos.
In this tutorial we will cover animating and adding keyframes in after effects. You will learn to use smooth keyframes and add motion blur to animated layers as well as important shortcuts.
The second video in Video Copilot’s After Effects Basic Training Series, Effects, shows how to add basic effects to your videos.
In this tutorial we’ll cover adding simple effects to footage and using the effects and presets pallete to find specific plug-ins. We’ll also take a look at popular and commonly used effects.
Video Copilot have put up an excellent series of videos covering the basic skills you need to be able to use Adobe After Effects.
…you’ll learn everything you need to know to start using After Effects today. This is not an overview of the software, this is a real training series that covers advanced techniques for Motion Tracking, Color Keying and even 3D Title Design.
Why should I learn After Effects?
After Effects gives you the power to create amazing visual effects and motion graphics. These skills will surely make you more valuable at work or to a future employer.