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After Effects Guru: Tracking Cameras and Stabilizing Footage

Whether it's removing camera shake or tracking a camera's movement, After Effects has you covered. You can apply a variety of techniques to smooth out the camera movement in a shot, using the After Effects Warp Stabilizer VFX effect, and track the camera to add objects into a scene realistically. Rich Harrington shows you how in this installment of After Effects Guru.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Guru: Using Generator Effects

Generator effects can be used to solve many problems when creating motion graphics and VFX projects—and to add unique creative twists you can't replicate with other After Effects tools. In this course, author Ian Robinson shows how to use generator effects to attach multiple layers, create animated glints and highlights, achieve better blended composites, and more. Follow along as he introduces a variety of next-level mograph techniques for creating interesting backgrounds, repeating graphic elements, and applying 2D and 3D type treatments, and walks through a complete map-based infographic generated with effects like Grid, Stroke, Vegas, Write-on, and Radio Waves.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Guru: Work Faster and Boost Performance

Every Adobe After Effects user could benefit from having more time at their disposal. As you build motion graphics and special effects, your computer has to work hard. The choices you make greatly impact how long your computer takes to build these effects, as well as the results you'll ultimately get. In this course, learn important strategies that can help you render faster and work less. Explore how to use render settings templates and output modules, render with Adobe Media Encoder, create and save RAM previews, set up a network render, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Guru: Work Faster and Boost Performance

Every Adobe After Effects user could benefit from having more time at their disposal. As you build motion graphics and special effects, your computer has to work hard. The choices you make greatly impact how long your computer takes to build these effects, as well as the results you'll ultimately get. In this course, learn important strategies that can help you render faster and work less. Explore how to use render settings templates and output modules, render with Adobe Media Encoder, create and save RAM previews, set up a network render, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Guru: Working with 3D in C4D Lite

After Effects Guru helps you dig deep into advanced After Effects options and techniques. This first installment focuses on the new CINEMA 4D (C4D) Lite plugin—a slimmed down version of MAXON's 3D modeling program offered with After Effects CC—and the exciting ways the two programs integrate.

Author Ian Robinson walks through the basics of using C4D Lite and moving between C4D and After Effects. Learn to match your frame rates and project settings, create 3D type and other models, apply materials, add animation, and output your project for compositing in After Effects. Covering the basic linear workflow, this course is the perfect introduction for the experienced After Effects artist who's new to the C4D workflow.

This course was created by Ian Robinson and produced by Rich Harrington. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Guru: Working with Photoshop Files

Photoshop is well suited for creating initial concept boards, storyboarding, and preparing elements for animation in After Effects. By doing this prep work in Photoshop, you can save precious render time later in the animation process. In this course, After Effects guru Ian Robinson shows how use channels and masks to isolate selected elements from stills. He also creates storyboards in Photoshop and optimizes those documents to speed up the next step in the process: animation in After Effects. Plus, learn how to create depth mattes, correct lens distortion and sharpen video using Photoshop's video editing capabilities, and use the data sets modular workflow to speed up creation of repetitive elements like lower thirds.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Guru: Working with Vectors

Join Ian Robinson for a closer look at all of the different ways to animate vector graphics in Adobe After Effects. But rather than focusing on just the tools native to After Effects, he explores why you should consider integrating Photoshop and Illustrator into your vector motion-graphics workflow. Learn about time-saving vector creation tools native to each application, from the Custom Shape tool in Photoshop to the Blend tool in Illustrator. Ian also shows how to tie all of these elements together while exploring how to import and animate vectors in After Effects with shape layers and the dynamic effects Stroke and Vegas.

This course was created and produced by RHED Pixel. We're honored to host this content in our library.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Hidden Gems

Adobe After Effects has been developed continuously for over 20 years now, meaning there are a lot of potentially useful tricks, shortcuts, and features hiding in there that you might not be aware of. Chris and Trish Meyer have used After Effects since version 1.0, making them the perfect duo to unearth these gems, polish them off, and share them with you. But this isn't some trivia contest; these are features you can put to work to save you time and learn more about what this deep motion graphics and visual effects program can do. Features that have been lurking for years will be intermixed with new ones introduced in the latest releases.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects: Kinetic Typography Techniques (2011)

Kinetic typography is an art form that combines text and motion to express ideas in the form of animation designed to accompany spoken word or music. Join art director, author, and motion graphic designer Angie Taylor as she shares her considerable knowledge of this form. Work along with her in this unique course as she builds a complete kinetic typography project from start to finish. Along the way, discover how to create and animate text layers directly within Adobe After Effects using animators and 3D features, set up Photoshop files for animating in After Effects, and use a variety of effects and techniques to create numerous text animation styles within a single project. The course also offers lots of tips and tricks for animating 3D cameras and lights and using expressions and scripts to simplify the processes involved.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics

After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics with Ian Robinson covers some of the core principles used to create motion graphics, breaking them down into smaller groups of applied techniques in After Effects. The course explores everything from gathering inspiration to integrating traditional typography, transitional elements, animated textures, color, and more into motion graphics. Instructions for building a toolkit with templates and a style guide for future projects are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects: Rigging a Character Arm for Animation

Join Chad Perkins as he breaks down the process of creating, rigging, and animating the arm of a character in an opening title sequence in Adobe After Effects—a task traditionally performed using rigging or skeleton tools available in 3D programs. Instead, this short course shows animators how to use a combination of layers, parenting, and expressions in After Effects to create a similar effect. The course also covers parenting the arm component, picking up objects with the arm, and obscuring objects.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Scripts & Tips: 1 Animation Techniques

Discover tactics, tricks, and workarounds that can make working in After Effects easier and more fun. Owen Lowery introduces various free scripts that you can install for better functionality and faster workflow, discusses animation and design theory, and shows simple, effective ways to put that theory into practice. He guides you through several solutions to the kinds of common problems that new After Effects users tend to run into. Plus—as this course doesn't build from lesson to lesson—you can dive into whichever topic piques your interest.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Scripts & Tips: 2 Design Theory & Animation

After Effects Scripts & Tips explores the best free third-party scripts, along with tactics, tricks, and workarounds, that make working in After Effects easier, more productive, and much more fun. In this course, instructor Owen Lowery focuses on a the design theories of contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity (C.R.A.P.) and shows simple, effective ways to put that theory into practice. Learn about color management and how the underlying meaning of colors impact your design. Discover innovative ways to incorporate typography and custom fonts. Find out how to align 3D objects, integrate logo designs into projects, animate text, and more. The lessons aren't linear, so feel free to jump around and explore whatever scripts and tips are most interesting to you.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Tips and Techniques: Compositing and Effects

Get the most out of After Effects, with Eran Stern's After Effects Tips and Techniques. The aim of the series is to help you increase productivity by learning new shortcuts, hidden gems, and overlooked effects. In this part you'll learn how to overcome problems when compositing layers and matching shots, and explore a few "recipes" for popular effects. Discover how to key smoke and water, preserve transparency, match color, and create fun and popular effects such as film flash and "fake" camera tracking.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Tips and Techniques: Rendering and Exporting

Get the most out of After Effects, with Eran Stern's After Effects Tips and Techniques. This installment is dedicated to rendering: increasing the quality and speed of your final export, as well as the RAM previews and prerenders you generate along the way. Eran shows how to optimize your system settings, addresses issues like flickering and upscaling, and introduces production-ready workflows that will increase your productivity and speed up interactions with complex projects.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Tips and Techniques: Shapes, Text Masks, and Path Effects

Get the most out of your motion graphics workflow with After Effects Tips and Techniques, the series that introduces new shortcuts, hidden gems, and overlooked effects to experienced After Effects artists. In this course you'll learn how to make the most out of shapes, masks, text, and path effects: some of the most flexible and design-friendly elements of the software. Eran Stern shows how to scale these elements, add effects to path outlines, extrude artwork in 3D space, and incorporate numbers and expressions in your effects.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

After Effects Tips and Techniques: Shortcuts, Navigation, and Project Management

Get the most out of After Effects, with Eran Stern's After Effects Tips and Techniques. The aim of the series is to help you discover new shortcuts, hidden features, and overlooked effects, and use them to increase your productivity. In this part, you'll learn how to customize the interface, display only what you need to see, and quickly navigate across the Timeline, as well as organize your project and avoid surprises when sending it to another user.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Agile Analysis Weekly Tips

As a business analyst (BA) or product owner (PO) on an agile team, you're tasked with analyzing backlog items, customer experience, and other business processes to ensure that your team remains in tune with the overall project vision—and delivers products that customers adore. This series provides weekly tips that can help you grasp how to best apply agile and collaborate with your team. Instructor Angela Wick goes over different models of how BAs and POs can work together to tackle agile analysis roles and tasks. She also shares strategies that can help you create a healthy and prioritized backlog, bring great testing practices to agile projects, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Agile Analysis Weekly Tips

As a business analyst (BA) or product owner (PO) on an agile team, you're tasked with analyzing backlog items, customer experience, and other business processes to ensure that your team remains in tune with the overall project vision—and delivers products that customers adore. This series provides weekly tips that can help you grasp how to best apply agile and collaborate with your team. Instructor Angela Wick goes over different models of how BAs and POs can work together to tackle agile analysis roles and tasks. She also shares strategies that can help you create a healthy and prioritized backlog, bring great testing practices to agile projects, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Agile at Work: Building Your Agile Team

Agile is becoming the preferred project management approach for fast-moving projects. At the heart of any agile project lies an agile team. In this course, the first in lynda.com's Agile at Work series, expert Doug Rose uses a sample project to show how to build your agile team. A team with an agile mindset is self-organized, collaborative, and accountable. He also outlines the common pitfalls inherent in the implementation: new teams need to watch for confusing their roles and understand the challenges with managing self-organized groups.

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) is a PMI Registered Education Provider. This course qualifies for professional development units (PDUs). To view the activity and PDU details for this course, click here.

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Agile at Work: Driving Productive Agile Meetings

Many new agile teams think flexibility in their meetings allows them to do whatever feels right. In reality, agile projects move more smoothly by running short, well-structured activities. Each activity is timeboxed, so the teams stay on track and work within a set time and agenda.

In this course, agile expert Doug Rose outlines how to make agile meetings as productive as possible. He provides guidance on common activities such as release planning, daily stand-ups, sprint planning, and product demos. Throughout the course, learn about common meeting pitfalls and the challenges of keeping activities on track.

Watch more courses in the Agile at Work series by visiting Doug Rose's landing page here on the site.

Lynda.com is a PMI Registered Education Provider. This course qualifies for professional development units (PDUs). To view the activity and PDU details for this course, click here.

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Agile at Work: Getting Better with Agile Retrospectives

An agile retrospective allows a team to continuously improve and get better together. This simple practice lets members step back from the day-to-day challenges with product delivery. Instead they focus on the team. "What are we doing well? What can we do better?" The answers to these questions help the team create a more agile mindset. They will be self-organized and more productive. Instead of a postmortem at the end of the project, they will have health checks throughout the project. In this course, agile expert Doug Rose outlines the five phases of a helpful retrospective: setting the right direction, getting all of the issues on the table, gathering insights from the team, making decisions, and finally, applying the changes. He uses starfish and PANCAKE diagrams to identify challenges and opportunities for process improvement, and shows how to close a retrospective with clear action items.

Watch and learn agile project management techniques to assess your project today, and get back on track for tomorrow. Find more courses on agile project management in the Agile at Work series on Doug's author page.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Agile at Work: Planning with Agile User Stories

Agile project teams create short user stories as a way to plan out the work for upcoming sprints. In this course, agile expert Doug Rose shows how to write these user stories and prioritize them in the product backlog. He also shows how to avoid the most common pitfalls with agile project planning. Watch more Agile at Work courses on Doug's author page.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Agile at Work: Reporting with Agile Charts and Boards

Agile teams need a lightweight way to report their progress. Agile reports should be simple and easy to read, and radiate information across the room to the entire team. In this course, agile expert Doug Rose outlines a process for reporting on the progress of your agile project. He shows how to prioritize the product backlog, update the taskboard, and monitor the project's health with burndown charts. You'll also see the most common pitfalls, such as retrofitting and working with distributed teams.

Bonus: Watch the bonus chapter at the end of this course where Doug answers common questions about the agile mindset, including what types of projects would be the best fit.

Lynda.com is a PMI Registered Education Provider. This course qualifies for professional development units (PDUs). To view the activity and PDU details for this course, click here.

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Agile Development Practices

The agile methodology has become a staple in the software development industry for its rapid development capabilities, iterative workflow, and improved team dynamics. In this course, Harrison Ferrone covers agile practices aimed at addressing the complexities and limitations unique to mobile projects. He takes you from the concept and ideation phase all the way to continuous integration and deployment, highlighting best practices and efficient planning. By the end of this course, you will have a foundation for bringing agile into your development process and streamlining your existing project pipeline.

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) is a PMI Registered Education Provider. This course qualifies for professional development units (PDUs). To view the activity and PDU details for this course, click here.

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource



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