Multimedia Graphics & Animation – Fall 2019

Adobe software update warning!

As I mentioned last week, Adobe has officially started rolling out their 2020 software update, which includes an all new version of After Effects. Although there’s no harm in updating, it will mean any projects you create outside of class will not be editable in the media lab. NCC will not update Adobe software automatically, and probably won’t get around to it until next Summer. If you want fewer headaches, don’t update After Effects until after you’ve submitted your final project in December.

If you have any questions about this – especially if you ignored my warning and updated anyway and you’re now freaking out and having an existential crisis and possibly considering sheep herding for a living instead of media production – don’t hesitate to give me a shout.

November 4, 2019 at 11:13 pm Comments (2)


CLICK HERE to download the materials used in the zombie tutorial.



October 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm Comments (0)

Green Screen / Chroma-Keying in After Effects

This tutorial shows how to use masks and the Keylight effect to produce an effective green screen project.


Click here to download files you can practice with.

October 31, 2019 at 6:15 pm Comments (0)

Building a 3D Environment

How to make floors, a wall and a ceiling, using solid layers and images.

October 24, 2019 at 9:30 pm Comments (0)

3D Lighting

A comprehensive tutorial introducing the use of 3D lights, and explaining the difference between the various types of lights available in After Effects.



October 24, 2019 at 9:00 pm Comments (0)

Intro to 3D

How to create (and animate) 3D layers and cameras.

October 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm Comments (0)

TV and Film Title Sequences (inspiration for assignment #4)

To help you prepare for assignment # 4, here’s an article showcasing a few popular TV show openings:

And here’s another article highlighting a few excellent film credit sequences:

October 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm Comments (0)


An introduction to particles in After Effects, using the Particle Systems II effect to cover concepts and workflow.

October 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm Comments (0)

How to export a movie from After Effects

A brief, but very important, tutorial. Watch this to understand how to get your work out of After Effects, so the world can be envious of your talents…(or just so I can grade your projects).

BTW, if you hear any weird noises in the background, it’s just my dog chewing on my foot while I was recording this.

October 10, 2019 at 12:15 pm Comments (0)

Working with video in After Effects

This tutorial explains how to import, edit, play, and manipulate video clips in After Effects.

Here’s a zip file, containing an assortment of clips for you to practice with.

October 3, 2019 at 6:15 pm Comments (0)

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