After Effects Bootcamp

Why learn After Effects?

Adobe After Effects is a 2.5D animation application used for motion graphics, animation, visual effects, and digital film compositing. After Effects is used in the post-production of Films, TV, and Web based productions. With its hundreds of in-built effects, premium third-party plugins, and the intrinsic ability to combine images and video clips in the same timeline, makes After Effects the uncrowned king of motion graphics and visual effects. Our 8-Week long Adobe After Effects Bootcamp is the ultimate and surefire way to learn this glorious application. This course is precisely designed to let the beginners and professionals overcome their fears and conceptual obstacles.

Course Overview

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After Effects Bootcamp for Professionals!

In this 8-week Bootcamp, we’ll start from scratch and build the foundations of After Effects. Then we’ll go all the way up to working with the shape & text animations, graph editor, 3D cameras and VFX concepts like rotoscoping, chroma keying, tracking and 3D Compositing.

The classes will be held twice a week online via Zoom for 4+ hours of live coaching each week. Which include group lectures and one on one critique sessions for weekly assignment with each student.


8 - Weeks (Mon & Fri/Sat)

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What Will You Learn?

After Effects Foundations

After Effects Foundations

Pre-composing, masks & mattes, shape & text layers, parenting & rigging and timeline.

Video Terminologies

Video Terminologies

Frame rate, aspect ratio, interpreting alpha channels and dealing with interlaced footage.

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Keyframe Animation

Animating with keyframes, their various types, interpolation and link with space and time.


Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics

Shape & text animation, keyframe interpolation and animation curves in graph editor.

Tracking and Rotoscoping

Tracking and Rotoscoping

From Point Tracking to Rotoscoping and Planar Tracking to 3D Camera Solving.

Keying and Compositing

Keying and Compositing

Green and Blue Screen Keying along with compositing multiple images together.

Course Summary

We’ll kickstart the After Effects Bootcamp with a quick introduction to Adobe After Effects’ interface with all its bits and bobs. Along with the interface, we’ll also have a brief introduction of video terminologies like dimensions, fps, aspect ratios and proportions etc.

And to gel it all together and get yourself acclimatized to After Effects, we’ll do a quick sample project. Where we’ll have an overview of the timeline concepts including dealing with compositions, layers, timing, and viewers. And finally, we’ll have a look at customizing and saving workspaces in After Effects.

Now that we’re familiarized with the building blocks, we’ll learn the Six Primary Foundations of After Effects including keyframe animation, and project organization. We’ll do an in-class sample project where we’ll animate a few of the Adobe Illustrator artworks.

And finally, we’ll discuss some of the video terminologies i.e. codecs, bitrates, framerates, file formats, interlacing and pull-downs etc. before we learn to render out videos using After Effects’ native renderer and Adobe Media Encoder (standalone rendering engine).

Shape layers give us some of the most advanced animation functionalities in the vector realm. All thanks to various characteristic animation properties and powerful animation engine. Shape animations are literally the core of motion graphics in After Effects.

And that combined with After Effect’s layer styles for detailing and Effects & Presets, takes your motion graphics to the next level. Week 03 of the After Effects Bootcamp will be all about vector shapes and their relationship with Adobe Illustrator. Plus, we’ll spice it up with masks & mattes and parenting.

After Effects has a pretty sophisticated set of typographic tools. That allow you to create some of the most amazing title graphics and layouts. We’ll learn about type, its principles and animation controls. That will lead you far beyond choosing a fancy typeface and moving it sideways.

Quite like shape layers, After Effects’ type layers have their own powerful animation engine. On Week 04 of the After Effects Bootcamp, we’ll have a thorough overview of how type layers allow you to animate some of the craziest title graphics. Furthermore, we’ll learn to convert text into shapes and animate them as shape layers.

After spending about 4 weeks learning the basic and intermediate concepts of After Effects, you’ll be well versed with it. And that will be about time when we take your knowledge to the next level. With After Effects Bootcamp in full swing, we’ll unveil the power of different types of keyframes along with the graph editor.

Our main project will be the good old ball bounce. But this time it’ll be full blown environment where we will not only be animating the ball bounce, but we’ll do that based on the principles of animation. This project will be the sum up of both technical and applied animation knowledge.

With decent knowledge of motion graphics and understanding of masks and mattes, we’ll get into the VFX realm. Our first session begins with rotoscoping and its principles using shape masks. Then we’ll have a look at chroma keying with matte manipulation and spill suppression.

Finally, we’ll have a look at the After Effects’ native 2D trackers and point tracking features. Having gone through tracking, we’ll take the same principles and approach to stabilization. We’ll also have a brief look at point-tracking based stabilization and Warp Stabilizer VFX.

So far in the After Effects Bootcamp, we’d have been dealing mostly with 2D content. Be it the motion graphics or the video clips. But this week, we’ll be adding another dimension into the mix. We’ll have a look at the After Effects 3D environment (also known as 2.5D) and virtual cameras.

Having understood the concept of tracking in the previous week and being introduced to virtual cameras in week 07, we’ll combine both the concepts and introduce 3D Camera Tracking. This is something that’s also known as Camera Solving or Match Moving in After Effects.

Our final lecture of the After Effects Bootcamp, will address the third-party plugins that are packaged with After Effects. Our first project will involve planar tracking and rotoscoping in Mocha Ae with screen replacement, compositing, and color matching in After Effects. This project will be the amalgamation of several VFX concepts we’ve learnt so far.

Now finally, we’ll go through the workflow of preparing a 3D model in Cinema 4D Lite and doing a multipass composite in After Effects using the Cineware plugin. And that folks marks the end of our 8-Week long journey of learning the amazing After Effects.

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Salman Khan Ghauri

Course Instructor

Salman Khan is The Master Trainer at The S Bit & The Foundry Official Training Partner. With areas of expertise expanding from graphics design to motion graphics, digital film production to post-production, 3D content creation to VFX compositing and over 12 years of in-field experience training staff from multinational companies, universities, TV channels and production houses makes him one of the most sought after trainers.

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We’ve designed this bootcamp for students and professionals, who cannot join our fulltime short courses. By the end of this course, you’ll have a number of animation and VFX projects completed which will allow you to create/enhance your showreel.

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8-Weeks (Mon & Fri/Sat)

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Our 8 – Week long After Effects Bootcamp is based on live online classes via an online meeting platform called Zoom .

There will be two live engagement sessions per week, where the lecture, assignment brief and exercise files will be given every Monday. And Friday & Saturday will be reserved for live critique and question answer sessions with smaller groups of students. 

During the course, you will be added to a private Facebook group to promote discussion and community-based learning. You’ll be highly encouraged to ask and answer each other’s questions and help each other out.

Yes! After Effects Bootcamp is specifically designed to keep the beginners in mind. We’ll start from scratch and build your After Effects knowledge from ground up.

In After Effects Bootcamp, we’ll cover pretty much all the aspects of Adobe After Effects.

From essentials such as After Effects’ interface, layers & compositions, keyframe animation and project management. Intermediate topics like shape & text animation, graph editor & keyframe types, parenting, and masks & mattes.

To advanced topics like expressions & compound effects, VFX compositing and topics like 2D/3D & planar tracking. Working with virtual cameras, 3D layers & Cinema 4D lite, chroma keying and rotoscoping.

We highly recommended that you have working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Your weekly live lecture session (Monday) will run for approximately 2.5 – 3 hours. Your weekly assignment may require anywhere from 3 to 8 hours depending on what level you’re at in the course.

On average, you can easily find yourself spending about 5 hours to complete your weekly assignments on top of your 1 – 1.5-hour long critique/question answer session (Fri/Sat) with your instructor.

For our online live sessions, we use an online meeting platform called Zoom. We’ll all be connected with each other’s live video and audio feed pretty much like Skype or Facetime. You can share your screen, ask questions and discuss the ongoing topics with your instructor and peers.


So, make sure to have:

  • A strong internet connection
  • A good microphone and camera
  • Zoom installed and configured
  • Adobe Apps (Ae, Me, Ai & Ps) installed
  • A notebook and pen for notes

Absolutely! We’ve designed this course specifically for professionals who cannot join our fulltime short courses. We’re based in Dubai and our classes (lectures) are run from 6pm (GMT +4) onwards on weeknights and critiques & Q&As are scheduled from 12pm (GMT +4) onwards on weekends.

Our classes are scheduled for weeknights (Mondays) 6pm (GMT +4) onwards and critique/Q&A sessions are scheduled for weekends (Fri/Sat) 12pm (GMT +4) onwards.

You can find After Effects here: Get After Effects. You can download a fully functional 7-Day trial version, which can be extended to a subscription based monthly payment.

Minimum system requirements for After Effects:


  • Processor Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1803 and later. (Note: Win version 1607 is not supported)
  • RAM 16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended)
  • Hard disk space of 5GB; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)
  • Monitor resolution 1280×1080 or greater display resolution
  • Internet Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.



  • Minimum specifications
  • Processor Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support Operating system
  • macOS versions 10.13 and later. (Note: macOS version 10.12 is not supported)
  • macOS Big Sur is supported in After Effects version 17.5.1
  • RAM 16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended)
  • Hard disk space of 6GB for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)
  • Monitor resolution 1440×900 or greater display resolution
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.

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