After Effects: Video Effects and Text Animation Basics

Learning Objectives

  • Understand terminology used in the video post-production process
  • Work with content on the Timeline
  • Understand how to work with layers
  • Add text and other objects to a composition
  • Add effects and animation to objects and text
  • Edit applied effects and animation
  • Import After Effects content into Premiere Pro with Adobe Dynamic Link
  • Export a completed video

Prerequisite Skills

  • Use a mouse and keyboard
  • Understand video formats
  • Perform basic video editing tasks in Premiere Pro

Watch the Course Introduction

Learn more about the course After Effects: Video Effects and Text Animation Basics.

Description of the video:

Hello and welcome to After Effects: Video Effects and Text Animation Basics!  In this course, you'll get familiar with Adobe After Effects, and learn how to work with text and video effects.  As part of the course, you'll learn how to add text and objects to a composition in After Effects, animate text and objects in an After Effects composition, edit applied effects and animations, and export a completed video.

Before getting started, you'll want to be familiar with basic computing skills, as well as have some familiarity with Premiere Pro or video editing in general.  You'll also want to make sure you have After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder installed on your computer.

As we go through the course, we'll be referring to exercise files - you can download them from the download links included in each section of the course.

Let's go ahead and get started with After Effects: Video Effects and Text Animation Basics!

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