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Introduction to Adobe After Effects
Course: CIS120DL

First Term: 2020 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.0 Credit(s)   4.0 Period(s)   4.0 Load  
Course Type: Occupational
Load Formula: T - Lab Load

Description: Includes creating visual effects for video projects. Explores techniques and methodologies used to create shots for big budget special effects. Topics include color and light matching, keying, motion tracking, rotoscoping and working with film.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify terminology and workspace objects. (I)
2. Composite a project using After Effects. (II)
3. Organize a project using the timeline. (III)
4. Create selections for a project. (IV)
5. Optimize the pipeline. (V)
6. Integrate core techniques of effects compositing. (VI)
7. Create light, climate, environment and pyrotechnic effects. (VII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction and foundations
   A. Terminology
   B. Workspaces and panels
II. Compositing
   A. Project, footage and composition settings
   B. Previews and viewers
   C. Effects and presets
   D. Rendering and output
III. The timeline
   A. Organization
   B. Animation methods
   C. Keyframes and the graph editor
   D. Spatial offset
   E. Motion blue
   F. Manipulate time
IV. Selections
   A. Ways to create selections
   B. Compositing: science and nature
   C. Alpha channels and premultiplications
   D. Masks
   E. Blending modes
V. Optimize the pipeline
   A. Multiple compositions, multiple projects
   B. Render pipeline
   C. Project optimization
VI. Effects compositing essentials
   A. Color correction
   B. Color keying
   C. Rotoscoping and paint
   D. Effective motion tracking
   E. The camera optics
   F. Expressions
VII. Creative explorations
   A. Light
   B. Climate and the environment
   C. Pyrotechnics: heat, fire, explosion
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 25, 2020

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