Video2brain: Advanced Compositing, Tracking, and Roto Techniques with After Effects | 648.3 mb
Software Used: After Effects | Resolution: 1024x576(.mp4) | Audio: mp3 92 Kbps | Completion Time: 02 hrs. 08 min.
Genre: eLearning | Difficulty: Advanced | Language: English | Instructor: Jeff Foster

In this workshop Jeff Foster — video producer, compositor, visual effects artist, and author of "The Green Screen Handbook" — teaches you the advanced tips, tricks, and workflow techniques he’s used over the years to get great video/film composites, even when working with near-impossible footage.

You´ll learn advanced roto-painting techniques for the Wacom tablet and you´ll get up to speed on motion tracking, multipass mattes, multiple keying layers, simulated lighting effects, painting on video background plates, and more. Then you’ll apply what you´ve learned to a series of real-world projects in After Effects.

About Video2brain

video2brain has been Europe’s premier source for video training since 2002. We produce English, German, French, and Spanish-language courses on a wide variety of topics, working with some of the best trainers in the world. The English-language team has been creating courses since 2009 and our library now has 161 English-language titles with over 590 hours of training!


In this course you’ll learn a variety of advanced techniques for working with green screens, motion tracking, and compositing. The contents of this course include:

- Roto-Painting Techniques with a Wacom Tablet
A Wacom tablet is a great tool for editing in After Effects, and in this chapter you’ll learn how to use it to make your work with the Roto Brush and Paintbrush more efficient.
- Complex Composites: Multiple Keys
“Complex keys” aren't really that complicated, but they may be difficult to properly extract a good matte from. For example, using both green and blue screen elements in a single shot can be challenging.
- Motion Tracking and Match-Moving
One of the coolest techniques in the world of compositing and motion graphics is motion tracking and match-moving objects to blend into a scene or onto a moving object. In this chapter we’ll cover several techniques that will help you bring realism to your projects.
- Matte Painting and Moving Background/Foreground Plates
The art of matte painting has evolved in the computer age, where you can easily create new worlds or just add a virtual extension onto a building. In this chapter we’ll look at how the big studios are doing this and how you can do it with After Effects and Photoshop layers.
- Lighting Techniques in Post
This chapter offers a few tips and tricks for creating different moods, shadows, and effects with simulated lighting, color correction, and layer styles.

Author, Producer, VFX Artist: Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster has authored and contributed to several Adobe After Effects and Photoshop how-to books, including the Photoshop Web Magic series and Special Edition: Using Photoshop series. He has been an Adobe Certified Expert and has served as an instructor and featured speaker at conferences such as Photoshop World, Macworld, Adobe MAX, and the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Post-Production Conference.

Jeff has been producing and teaching about traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics, and special effects for DV and film for over 20 years. His clients include Tribune Broadcasting, Motorola, McDonnell Douglas, Nestlé, FOX Television, Spike TV, Discovery/TLC, Deluxe Digital, Universal Studios, Lions Gate Films, and Disney. He is also a 2010 Telly Awards recipient for his "Documercial" video productions.

Most recently, Jeff completed The Green Screen Handbook (Sybex/Wiley), which is targeted toward the higher education market to serve as a textbook on green screen production and compositing techniques. Pro photographers, indie filmmakers, and hobbyists will find this book a valuable tool for getting the best results from their compositing projects.

With several new projects forthcoming, Jeff is currently operating PixelPainter from his studio in beautiful Ojai, CA.

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