How have we made it this far and not talked about effects?! After Effects comes with a load of insane effects, and we could spend hours going over them. Instead, I want to show you a handful of bread and butter Adobe After Effects effects you will be going to all the time.
1.Introduction1 lesson, 00:49
2.Getting Started5 lessons, 42:55
3.Compositions and Layers3 lessons, 26:35
4.Keyframes3 lessons, 25:21
5.Masks, Shape Layers, and Text5 lessons, 45:36
6.2.5D2 lessons, 13:42
7.Motion Tracking4 lessons, 34:04
8.Mattes and Cool Effects4 lessons, 43:43
9.Build a Lower Third2 lessons, 21:35
10.Exporting1 lesson, 09:11
11.Conclusion1 lesson, 01:16
12.Bonus Lessons4 lessons, 2:14:00
13.Frequently Asked Questions8 lessons, 1:34:42
In this lesson you're going to be learning about some of the great native effects you can find in Adobe After Effects. There are a lot of really fantastic effects, and I want to start by talking about a super useful effect called Warp Stabilizer VFX. Let me play this clip here, it's super short and you can see that it is just a complete mess, there's no possibility that you could use this in anything, right? Well, maybe Yeah, I guess maybe you could. Now, if you're a really eagle-eyed viewer, you may see tiny little jitters in the playback here, things that don't look quite right, especially if you concentrate on this line here, you will see it jump around a little bit. However if you look up here it looks pretty glassy stable, and this Warp Stabilizer VFX is a super powerful plugin, it's got a ton of options for stabilization. It can fix rolling shutter, which is an artifact of a lot of modern cameras where they do not record the entire frame at the same time, it essentially records the image of the sensor from the top down or the bottom up. One of the reasons that it did a really good job is because this video clip does not have any motion blur in it, this has a very, very fast shutter speed or exposure time, and so you don't see any motion blur. When your footage does have motion blur, Warp Stabilizer VFX can still stabilize it, and stabilize it really well, however you will see the motion blur and it looks really weird. And I wanna show you that in this next example here, on this example I have two clips here, and I just wanna show you this first one here, I'm just gonna reset the transform and play it back. Now this is already been stabilized, in fact both of this clips have the same stabilization applied to them, and what you'll see Is that there are certain parts of the image that have this weird blurred artefact. It's very very stable, it looks nice, the motion looks nice, it’s got a little bit of kind of prismatic effect there. But pay no attention to that, the main point here is to show you this blurring artifact that can happen, when you’re using a camera and you are specific about the shutter speed. So this was shot on a cinema camera, there are two sections in here that kind of look like a mess. So let me show you, I'm just gonna put this over here, let me show you this other effect called camera shake deblur, now, let's find those blurry frames and check this out, do you see what's happening over here? There is no blur, it's pretty incredible what's happening here, so After Effects is analysing the footage, and it's taking the sharper frames on either side of this blur, and it's blending them with this blurry frames on the effect, let me play this back for you here. Is that it more or less makes this shot useable, a lot of times, these two effects are total lifesavers, so if you have a clip, chuck the Warp Stabilize VFX on there. And then if there's some motion blur artifacts that you need to get rid of, try this camera-shake deblur, when they work, it's absolutely incredible. All right, let's talk about some other things you're gonna be using inside of after effects, things like color correction. If you have look over here in the color correction folder, you'll see there's a lot of color correction effects a really good number of them, one of the most powerful maybe this Lumetry, or Lumetry, as I sometimes call it, effect. It's got a ton of features, now this has been around the Adobe products for quite a while, ot showed up in Premiere several years ago, and After Effects, it's recently been updated. And it's got everything from your basic color correction, your primary color correction things like your color temperature, your tint and your temperature, your exposure, your contrast, highlight, shadow, white blacks, all that good stuff. Things to do with your basic color correction, you can even use lookup tables in here, it's got some presets here for various cameras or you can load a custom look up table if you have one of those for your camera, you don't have to. It's got a great creative section down here where you can throw some kind of quote, unquote filmic looks on here and there's a big old list with a ton of them, it's actually going off my monitor here. Things like BLUE STEEL or DAY4NITE where you can give things that were shot in the daytime, a night time look. There's a lot of nice creative sort of looks in here, in addition to that you can kind of make your own creative look here with the split toning and pull the colors around, and give your shadows a nice tint and give your highlights a little bit of warm jazz here, and you can dial up some creativity here. It's got a little bit of sharpening, it's got some vibrance, so you can punch up your footage's color and that's different than saturation cuz I believe vibrance protects skin tones. So, a lot of cool creative options there, in addition to that, there's a huge curve section here. In the newer version, which is why I'm using Adobe CC 2019, has been updated with these new Curve Tools here, Hue Versus Saturation, Hue Versus Hue, Hue Versus Luma, where you can target certain parts of your image and make adjustments. For example, you can target things that are of a certain hue and change the saturation, you can target things that are of a certain hue for example, we can grab all of this green grass here, maybe add one more little point there, and then we can totally change its hue, to purple grass. Maybe expand that out a little bit, and really get pretty wild, we can take all of the blue colors here, and change that to something else. That's an absurd example, but it's a very powerful tool to be able to adjust the colors, and there's lots of different combinations here. There's also color wheels for those of you who are used to using color wheels and color correction, effects or applications, highlight, shadows, mid tones, very, very powerful. There's also HLS secondary which is where you can very, very precisely target parts of your image using a key, so you can select certain colors, luminances or saturation. And there's some sliders here that really help you to dial that in, and then you can make a correction based on that selection. So you can adjust skin tones, or if there's something that's really bright or supersaturated, you can select only that color or that object and make that adjustment. So Lumetri color is really, really powerful, now sometimes you don't need to use a super powerful effect to make an adjustment on your clip. Sometimes, all you need is something simple like a curves adjustment, maybe you just want to take this clip, and just juice the contrast a little bit, no problem. You can do that using the curves, maybe you think well, okay that's nice, but now it seems a little bit saturated, okay, let's throw on a very simple effect called tint. And you can just apply like a 10% de-saturation or a very small amount of de-saturation, ten can do some other cool things as well so you can remap the black and the white colors. And there's a whole host of other really great effects in here, things like levels and Tritones, and Vibrants, Colorama, lots of good stuff for you to explore in there. All right, let's talk about some blurs, After Effects comes with a handful of really great looking blurs. A lot of times I use something very simple like a Gaussian Blur which has a particular look to it, it's nice, it renders pretty fast, it's pretty smooth looking, sometimes that's not the right blur for you and that's totally fine. Maybe you need a fast box blur, all right, you can see with the same amount of blur, it looks a little bit different. Now it's hard to tell, so, I'm just gonna duplicate this, Ctrl + D, slide this guy over by a half way Yeah, pretty close. And I'll put this one on Gaussian Blur, so you can see, things look a little bit different here, with the Box Blur being over here, and the Gaussian Blur being over here, handles the highlights a little bit differently. One of my most favorite blurs and a really great looking blur is the camera lens blur, and this is really nice. Watch what happens if I just leave everything at their defaults and I crank up the blur Radius here. Turn on Repeat Edge Pixels and will push in here, this is giving you a really nice simulated camera lens blur where you can see highlights taking the form of the shape of the aperture blades, which is exactly what happens in a real camera. It's a really really great looking blur, why wouldn't you wanna use the camera lense blur all the time? Well, because it does not render very fast, look at the difference here, if we tear this effect on how fast is rendering, I'll duplicate this And then we'll thrown in something like Fast Box Blur This effect renders way faster, and if you have a really complicated composition, throwing on camera lens blur can sometimes really jack up your render times. So it does look nice, but everything in life is a trade off. Do you want quality or do you want it fast? Sometimes you can't always have it both ways, all right, that's a good place to stop. There are certainly many, many more effects to talk about, and there are a few that I wanna cover in the next lesson. So check that out coming up next.