After Effects World – Session Descriptions

Friday, September 30th

Friday September 30th | 10:00am – 1:00pm
From Stills to Motion: Creating Animation with Photoshop and After Effects

Nothing can look good in motion if it doesn’t look well when it is static, so usually the first step is to use Photoshop (or illustrator) to design a style frame or mockup that can be animated later inside After Effects.

Photoshop and After Effects have a long term connection and like any relationship, there are things that work perfectly and there are also problems and conflicts. The purpose of this session is to maximize cooperation between these two products to take advantage of the power of the two. We’ll start with a ready made Photoshop design that consists of different types of layers and translate it to After Effects composition. Then, we will animate the design to create a promo.

Speaker: Eran Stern

Friday September 30th | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Adobe After Effects Essential Techniques

Learning After Effects can sometimes be a little overwhelming, until you lock down som essential techniques. In this session we’ll build those techniques as we create graphics directly from within After Effects and by integrating some essential tools from Illustrator and Photoshop.

As we build some “real world” graphic elements, we will cover topics like:
• Understanding the design and flow of the interface
• Building advanced animation with keyframe interpolation
• Creating complex animation with expressions
• Building slick transitions with masks, mattes and shape layers
• Advanced title animation with type animators and expressions
• Mastering the render queue for efficient rendering

Speakers: Ian Robinson

Friday September 30th | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Getting Started with After Effects Scripting

Want to work more efficiently with After Effects and automate tedious, repeating tasks? This session gets you started with After Effects scripting even if you didn’t ever do any programming before.

During this course we will step by step create a script that allows to customize a lower third. We create a user interface in which you can replace the text of the lower third, choose between different color themes and do other adjustments. This kind of automation will help you to speed up repetitive tasks or to create automated templates that can be used by people without indepth knowledge of After Effects

Speaker: Mathias Möhl

Friday September 30th | 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Animation Bootcamp: The Crash-Course

Are you a Motion Designer who doesn’t have a great understanding of motion? Do you need a little help translating those 12 principles into something that you can apply to your After Effects work? Are you sick of fiddling with your keyframes and praying that you stumble into some good animation before the deadline?

This session will show you how to make sweet love to the Graph Editor, and finally have a proper framework for animating inside After Effects or any other animation tool.

Speaker: Joey Korenman

Friday September 30th | 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Tracking Motion and Cameras with After Effects & Mocha

This session will focus on the various tracking options for After Effects including 2D, Mask, Camera and Mocha tracking.

Speaker: Nick Harauz

Friday September 30th | 2:30pm – 5:30pm
An Introduction to Cinema 4D — CD4 Lite for the Absolute Beginner

In this 3-hour intense session, we will see how we can enhance our After Effects animations with the aid of C4D Lite and Cineware. The session is aimed at the absolute C4D Lite beginner.

Speaker: Thanassis Pozantzis

Saturday, October 1st

Saturday October 1st | 9:00am – 10:15am
Essential Photoshop Techniques for After Effects Artists

Join Photoshop expert Richard Harrington (author of Photoshop for Video) and learn how to use the latest features in Photoshop CC to create better graphics for video and film projects. From filtering video clips and creating backgrounds for keying to advanced wide angle repair and better type tools, there’s a lot of powerful tools. Rich will show you how to open up video files and still files and retouch them with Adobe’s powerful image editor and share his favorite 10 techniques to save you time and automate your workflow.

After this session, attendees will know how to:
• Enhance footage with advanced options in Photoshop
• Compensate for lens distortion and artifacts
• Create realistic focus effects for backdrops and keying
• Create custom Look Up Tables (LUTs) for Color Grading

Speaker: Rich Harrington

Saturday October 1st | 9:00am – 10:15am
Promos & Commercials Animation Breakdowns

Take a closer look at promos and commercials which were created using After Effects. You will be exposed, not only to the technical side of the work, but also learn how to approach various projects such as: Explainer videos, Infomercials, Promos and Commercials. From concept through script writing and draft editing to the design and effects stages. Your brain is going to explode with ideas and inspiration that will lead you to create an impressive result even if the budget is low.

Speaker: Eran Stern

Saturday October 1st | 9:00am – 10:15am
4D Meets 3D & 2D: Using Cinema 4D in your 2D Workflow

In this session viewers will learn tips and Tricks in Cinema 4D that allow you to achieve amazing animations that normally would take a very long time or impossible to do in After Effects alone.

Speaker: EJ Hassenfratz

Saturday October 1st | 9:00am – 10:15am
Expression for Character Animation

Automation is crucial for character animation. It makes the animations more realistic, more consistent and also saves a lot of time. In this session you learn how to use After Effects expressions to create character rigs that take your animations to the next level.

The session covers, amongst other topics:
• Skeletons and inverse kinematics
• 3rd party solutions: DuiK Tools & iExpressions
• Automatic walk cycles
• Adding secondary animations to add more life to the character

Speaker: Mathias Möhl

Saturday October 1st | 10:30am – 11:15am
Time Remapping for Fun and Profit

Time Remapping isn’t just for footage! This infocus session will discuss and demonstrate some of the many ways you can utilize this tool for efficiency, ease of workflow, and unique creative techniques. Appropriate for all skill levels.

Speaker: Kyle Hamrick

Saturday October 1st | 10:30am – 11:15am
Moving in 3D Space: How to Control 3D Cameras

In this session we’ll go over the how, why and when for using each different kind of camera available in After Effects. As we fly through time and space, we’ll build some camera rigging to gain better control over camera position, depth of field and viewing angle. If you’ve ever struggled with gaining more control over 3D cameras in After Effects, this session is for you.

Speaker: Ian Robinson

Saturday October 1st | 10:30am – 11:15am
Secondary Color Correction with Moving Subjects: Using Tracking for Superior
Color Correction

In this course I will share cutting edge techniques, including how to use motion tracking and other compositing methods in After Effects to obtain superior color correction and overall picture perfection in lighting and color.

Speaker: Jessica Weiss

Saturday October 1st | 10:30am – 11:15am
Caffeinating Your Cinema 4D Workflow with XPresso

In this session, we’ll covers some extremely helpful and simple Xpresso to caffeinate your efficiency in Cinema 4D.

Speaker: E.J. Hassenfratz

Saturday October 1st | 11:30am – 12:45pm
Planar Tracking Essentials with Mocha Ae

Integrating graphic elements into live action footage can sometimes be a challenge indeed. But with Mocha Ae, you can tame tough shots with the power of planar tracking. In this session we’ll map footage and graphics into screens, onto buildings and even speeding trains.

We’ll look at what to do when the object you’re tracking is obstructed in the scene, or moves off screen. To finish things off, we’ll look at some basic compositing techniques to better match the lighting of the graphics with the background video.

Speaker: Ian Robinson

Saturday October 1st | 11:30am – 12:45pm
Visualizing Data and Details with Motion Graphics

They’re some of the most common elements you’ll need to create for a documentary – graphs, maps and news articles. In this session, Paul Murphy (thepremierepro.com) will use examples from his own work to demonstrate his unique workflow for creating visually striking and dynamic graphics. More than simply presenting facts and figures, the main purpose of any documentary graphic should be as a storytelling device, and Paul will also explore how to use animation, lighting and camera techniques to help enhance your narrative.

Speaker: Paul Murphy

Saturday October 1st | 11:30am – 12:45pm
Mastering Rotoscoping: Advanced Real World Workflows

Rotoscoping — the art of keyframing masks to isolate parts of your video is one of the most fundamental compositing techniques for visual effects. Furthermore, it is very boring and tedious. Therefore, in this session you learn various workflows that make rotoscoping work not just more accurate but also a lot faster.

With the Roto Brush and tracker assisted rotoscoping with mocha or the mask tracker, After Effects offers a bunch of different tools for rotoscoping. You will learn how to work with all of them and in particular which workflow is the best choice in what situation. You will also learn how to improve your rotoscoping using the Refine Softmatte Effect and the free script KeyTweak.

Speaker: Mathias Möhl

Saturday October 1st | 11:30am – 12:45pm
Interactive Animations: Video & HTML5 (and CSS & Javascript)

There are a few types of animation that can occur in the browser. The most common pre-rendered formats include video and animated GIF. This means the animation cannot be changed during playback.

In this session we’ll explore animations that are rendered in the browser; commonly referred to as run-time animations. This includes exploring technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript, as well as file formats including JPEG- and PNG-based sprite sheets, SVG, and the HTML5 canvas element.

We’ll cover some step-by-step workflows using After Effects, as well as Animate CC, Edge Animate and Muse.

Speaker: Chris Converse

Saturday October 1st | 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Virtual Reality Workflows in After Effects

This session will take a look at some of the late VR workflows for both video and motion graphics.

Speaker: Nick Harauz

Saturday October 1st | 2:15pm – 3:30pm
10 Ways to Reveal a Logo: Paths Animations in After Effects

Anyone dealing with animation and design is required at some point to animate a logo. Whether it is a simple vector animation or complex threedimensional flying logo, there’s usually a need to reveal a logotype on the screen. In this class you will learn about 10 different ways to do just that. Each method produces a different and unique result. Most techniques rely on the built in tools, but few are based on thirdparty plugins worth knowing.

Speaker: Eran Stern

Saturday October 1st | 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Working with Real 3D Objects Inside After Effects

Beyond simply moving 2D layers in 3D space, there are now numerous ways to animate real 3D objects inside After Effects. In this session, Paul Murphy (www.thepremierepro.com) will demonstrate both the builtin options and 3rd party plugins for 3D modeling, lighting and animation. Whether you’re animating a logo or building a full 3D environment, learn the essential tools that will add a whole new dimension to your projects.

Speaker: Paul Murphy

Saturday October 1st | 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Advanced Expressions Workshop

Cinema 4D has an incredibly cool tool called MoGraph that allows animators to create very complex behavior using a simple system of Cloners and Effectors. Wouldn’t it be cool to have that same ability in After Effects? With a few simple… (clears throat)… with some pretty advanced expressions, it’s possible.

This session will show you just how powerful Expressions can be, and will also give you some ideas about how you can use them to create very useful setups for your animations.

Speaker: Joey Korenman

Saturday October 1st | 3:45pm – 4:30pm
Creating Looping Organic Textures

Motion graphics production isn’t limited to the digital world. This session takes you into the studio to create custom motion backgrounds. Learn about lighting, staging, and filming everyday objects, which become an interesting, naturalistic background for your motion effects. Rich Harrington shares techniques he uses in his own studio, RHED Pixel, to capture this footage and combine it in Adobe After Effects, resulting in rich, abstract backdrops for your project.

Topics include:
● Selecting a camera
● Using a turntable to rotate your subject while you film
● Lighting the scene
● Choosing a frame rate
● Creating dancing shadows
● Shooting “through” objects
● Making a loop
● Building the composition
● Retiming clips

Speaker: Rich Harrington

Saturday October 1st | 3:45pm – 4:30pm
Thinking Outside the [Text] Box

The After Effects text animator enables you to move words and letters in all sorts of interesting ways, but its unique functionality can also be harnessed to create many other nontext animations that would otherwise be difficult and timeconsuming. This infocussession will explore these techniques, and demonstrate several realworld examples that take advantage of the sequential capabilities of the text animator.

Appropriate for all skill levels.

Speaker: Kyle Hamrick

Saturday October 1st | 3:45pm – 4:30pm
Best New Features in Cinema 4D R18

In this session, we’ll cover the best new features in the latest version of Cinema 4D R18.

Speaker: E.J. Hassenfratz

Saturday October 1st | 3:45pm – 4:30pm
No, Expressions Are Not Scary!

You are a designer, no computer scientist? You know how to use After Effects but you don’t know how to write computer programs? Comps, layers and effects are your best friends, but x = thisComp.layer(“Blue Solid 1”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”); is your worst nightmare?

In this session you will learn that expressions are fun and easy. Really.

If your mathematical skills are good enough to operate a pocket calculator you will be able to master expressions. In fact, expressions are a pocket calculator. We start with the basic functions like 5+7 and 1920/2 and then go step by step to more complex friends like x = thisComp.layer(“Blue Solid 1”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”);[x,value[1]]

Speaker: Mathias Möhl

Saturday October 1st | 4:45pm – 6:00pm
Creating Cinemagraphs: Living Photos for Digital Signage & Web

With the acceptance of Animated GIF on Facebook and Twitter, among others, we’re seen a resurgence of this 1987 web format. Now while your first connection with an animated GIF may been with an annoying advertisement, or bouncing cartoon character; today’s animations tell quite a different story.

We’ll explore looping techniques in After Effects, including particles, to create sophisticated effects to bring static photos to life. What’s more, we’ll use masking techniques in both Photoshop and After Effects to combine video elements into static photos.

Come explore some of the most amazing animations to be created in this medium, and learn how to do it yourself.

Speaker: Chris Converse

Saturday October 1st | 4:45pm – 6:00pm
Design Hacks For NonDesigners

After Effects is just a piece of software. It can’t just make beautiful imagery all by itself… you need to tell it where to put stuff, what color to make things, how big should everything be, what typeface to use… and it just so happens that those things are tough to learn and take years to master. Luckily, there are some great hacks to help you “fake it ’til you make it” with design.

This session will teach you several tricks that you can start using on your next project to get better quality Design out of that nondesigner brain of yours.

Speaker: Joey Korenman

Saturday October 1st | 4:45pm – 6:00pm
The Power of Deformers in C4D: What Do They All Do?

Deformers are great tools for modelling in Cinema 4D, and they’re available in all versions, from Lite to Studio. But in this session we will use them to animate cartoony text. A certain understanding of Cinema 4D is required. Cinema 4D Lite compatible session.

Speaker: Thanassis Pozantzis

Saturday October 1st | 4:45pm – 6:00pm
Creating Animation for Video Editors: Premiere Pro Driven Digital After Effects Templates

When the After Effects and Premiere Pro teams created Dynamic Text Link between the apps, they didn’t realize how far motion graphics designers would take the feature. Using a few simple expressions we can make Premiere Pro control pretty much any parameter in After Effects. Learn basic and advanced techniques that help making the templates userfriendly.

Speaker: Jarle Leirpoll

Sunday, October 2nd

Sunday October 2nd | 9:00am – 10:15am
Text with Impact: 10 Tips for Stronger Title Design

With so many different ways to distribute media, a strong title design is an essential method for making your video stand out. In this session I’ll share 10 of my favorite tips for making your title pop.

In this session we’ll start with the essentials for designing a strong title using traditional typography. We’ll cover the proper tools and techniques to ensure the most flexibility when it comes time for animation, recompression and distribution. And finally, we’ll look at a few different animation methods you can use to reinforce your creative message.

Speaker: Ian Robinson

Sunday October 2nd | 9:00am – 10:15am
Character Animator 101: A New Approach to Animation

Learn about Adobe Character Animator from its creators. No AE knowledge required. Covers importing of Photoshop & Illustrator artwork and the steps required to bring it to life. You’ll learn about puppet structure, tagging, face controls, lip sync, head turns, sticks, keyboard triggers, physics, and the unique way that Character Animator combines traditional framebyframe animation with motion capture and warping. Basic recording, playback, & editing of performances will also be covered.

Speakers: David Simons & Dave Werner

Sunday October 2nd | 9:00am – 10:15am
Compositing in 3D Space: Element 3D Compositing Techniques

Video CoPilot Element 3D has become the standard for creating sophisticated 3D graphics inside After Effects. This tool is more than a plugin, it is a software inside a software, and you can do so much with it. In this session I’ll show you how to solve real world challenges when it comes to integrating 2d and 3D elements together. You’ll be amazed how deep this tool is and how many compositing options it hides under the hood.

Speaker: Eran Stern

Sunday October 2nd | 9:00am – 10:15am
Simplify Your C4D Project Using Data & XPresso

How to use User Data and XPRESSO inside Cinema 4D, to simplify your workflow, and automate complex processes. Cinema 4D Lite compatible session.

Speaker: Thanassis Pozantzis

Sunday October 2nd | 10:30am – 11:15am
Waiting Less: How to Master the Render Queue

Every After Effects user can use more time. After Effects gurus make more time. 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 render projects and the results you get. In this session, Rich Harrington teaches some important strategies to render faster and work less, and get more power and responsiveness from the RAM and cache settings in After Effects. This includes selective previews, temporary quality reductions, and proxy files.

Topics include:
• Creating render settings templates
• Using multiple output modules
• Setting processor usage
• Rendering multiple frames simultaneously
• Purging RAM
• Controlling your disk and media cache
• Creating and saving previews
• Controlling composition settings

Speaker: Rich Harrington

Sunday October 2nd | 10:30am – 11:15am
The Secret Hand Shake: Power Tips and Techniques

During the last years After Effects become more than a software, it’s almost an operating system, New features are being added each quarter and it’s getting hard to followup. In this session, I’ll share a handful of tricks and techniques that will help to catch up and reveal undocomented effects and shortcuts that will blow you away. You’ll learn how to reset tools, control animations and parenting, decompose layers, create stylistic shadows, manage complex projects, work better with adjustment layers, control 3D layers, fix type issues and much more.

Speaker: Eran Stern

Sunday October 2nd | 10:30am – 11:15am
Convert a 2D Image into 3D Scenes Using Camera Mapping in After Effects

To convert a still image into a 3D scene, it’s easy enough to position any 2D layer in 3D space but what if you need something more advanced? A field that extends off into the horizon, or a building viewed at an angle? In this session, Paul Murphy (www.thepremierepro.com) demonstrates how to transform these more complex images into 3D environments using a technique known as camera mapping. Covering everything from preparing the image, generating 3D geometry to adding camera moves and other 3D elements, discover how to breathe life into your still images.

Speaker: Paul Murphy

Sunday October 2nd | 10:30am – 11:15am
An Introduction to jQuery: Scripting After Effects with Javascript

Is jQuery just for developers? No!

jQuery is the world’s most-used JavaScript library, with usage on 63% of the internet’s top 1 million websites. The reason for it’s popularity is it’s simplification of the JavaScript language. jQuery follows standard HTML and CSS syntaxes, and allows for the fast creation of interactive, animated design content that can be used on any website, or in any publication that supports HTML — including ePUBS and Digital Magazines.

Learn how your videos, frame sequences, and sprite sheets come to life in a web browser to create animations that are dynamic, random, and customized for each visitor.

Speaker: Chris Converse

Sunday October 2nd | 11:30am – 12:45pm
Handcrafted Animation: Recreating Handmade Animation Styles with After Effects

One of the challenges of working with computers as artists is that it’s easy to make something look perfect and clean it’s much harder to make it look handmade. Prior to the digital revolution, analog animation had a rich and diverse history, including such styles as handdrawn, stoptime and rotoscoping.

In this session, film editor & motion graphics artist Paul Murphy (www.thepremierepro.com) will share his own techniques for recreating the look and style of these traditional forms of animation in After Effects and Photoshop. Whether you want your videos to have a lowfi aesthetic or a more personalized feel, learn how to make your animations look like they were made by a human being rather than a computer.

Speaker: Paul Murphy

Sunday October 2nd | 11:30am – 12:45pm
RigBuilding 101: The Structural Side of After Effects

Compositions with many layers or lots of interconnected movement can quickly turn into an overwhelming jumble of keyframes utilizing After Effects’ structural capabilities can help ease the pain. This session will focus on the use of parenting, expressions and scripts to make these complex compositions more manageable and editable. We will demonstrate some of the core concepts of these techniques, discuss when it’s appropriate to build them, and explore realworld examples. Aimed at users who know their way around After Effects, but are fairly new to rigging.

Speaker: Kyle Hamrick

Sunday October 2nd | 11:30am – 12:45pm
AVW Invasion Trailer Case Study

So you have After Effects, and it comes with C4D Lite… is it possible using nothing more than built-in plugins and the Lite version of C4D (and some GoPro footage) to create a convincing composite? Let’s break down a shot of an alien invasion to learn some clever ways to use the software without relying on any 3rd party plugins.

This session will cover techniques like tracking, keying, roto, 3D modeling, texturing, and compositing. We’ll break down a shot from start to finish.

Speaker: Joey Korenman

Sunday October 2nd | 11:30am – 12:45pm
Going Deeper with Expressions (Level 2)

You have some experience with expressions but want to go deeper? Or you attended the “No, Expressions Are not Scary” session and want more? Learn how to write your own advanced expressions using loops, creating random text patterns and more.

Many AE users treat expressions as a black box they just cut and paste expressions that have been written by somebody else. In this session we go one step further. Understand how expressions are working. Learn how to modify them and also how to write your own expressions.

Speaker: Mathias Möhl

Sunday October 2nd | 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Mastering the Camera Tracker and Warp Stabilizer

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.

Topics include:
• Analyzing footage
• Using the 3D camera tracker to stabilize footage
• Choosing and moving a target
• Adding 3D text to a scene
• Tracking an object
• Applying the Warp Stabilizer VFX
• Choosing a stabilization method
• Reducing rolling shutter distortion
• Matching movement

Speaker: Rich Harrington

Sunday October 2nd | 2:15pm – 3:30pm
On Form with Form: Using Particles Grids in Your Motion Graphics

Learn how to master particle grids and create anything from stunning organic effects to 3D objects inside After Effects. A powerful particle system, Trapcode Form can be a very versatile but intimidating thirdparty plugin. In this session, Paul Murphy (www.thepremierepro) will discuss Form’s various applications and controls using realworld examples, as well as some of his own personal tips for controlling the effect and getting the most out of its settings.

Speaker: Paul Murphy

Sunday October 2nd | 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Advanced Rigging in Character Animator

Go deeper into Character Animator’s behavior & rigging options with the dynamicDaveduo. To get the most out of this session, you should either attend the 101 session first, or have used Character Animator to rig & perform. You’ll learn about behavior parameter inheritance, hierarchical behavior application, and other useful tips. The latest developments in Character Animator and how to do live broadcasts will also be covered.

Speakers: David Simons & Dave Werner

Sunday October 2nd | 3:45pm – 4:30pm
Head Above Water — Staying Organized in After Effects

This session will take a look at various tips and techniques for staying organized in both the Project and Composition Panels.

Speaker: Nick Harauz

Sunday October 2nd | 3:45pm – 4:30pm
The Whole Shebang: Video Production From Concept to Render

This crash course covers how the right tools including cameras, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, After Effects, and C4D can streamline the process of a complete project from concept to render.

Speaker: Jessica Weiss

Sunday October 2nd | 3:45pm – 4:30pm
C4D Lite and Cineware, Fast Reflection Tools

Rendering reflections can be slow, but using a few tricks and hacks in C4D Lite and Cineware, we can speed up our environment and floor reflections. Cinema 4D Lite compatible session.

Speaker: Thanassis Pozantzis

Sunday October 2nd | 3:45pm – 4:30pm
The Geeky Stuff with Expressions for Geeks and NonGeeks (Level 3)

This session is about highend expression development. Mathias will talk about the most challenging expressions that he developed for the iExpressions library. Expect an entertaining look behind the scenes. Not too much technical details, no cookbook recipes but thoughts that will inspire you in your own expressions development.

What makes the Physics Simulations from iExpressions so super fast? How to make a wheel rotate accurately no matter how it is parented, scaled or transformed? These problems are too complex to explain them exhaustively in one session. Instead of covering all nasty details, we will focus on high level strategies to approach these complex expression tasks.

Speaker: Mathias Möhl