Visual Effects Courses Learning Path

Acquiring a job in visual effects is a common goal for those who are interested in design and computer generated imagery. A special effects technician, or VFX specialist, is also a highly sought-after job. It involves producing physical effects through pyrotechnics, and other visual graphics to help create a specific illusion in a film production.

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Visual Effects Courses

HTML5 Banner Using Adobe Animate

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  • How to navigate the interface and use the tools
  • Creating and importing content
  • How to animate and add interactivity
  • Save and publish a project
  • Place the published project in a web page or another Adobe Application
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Premiere Pro: Beginner

Course Duration: 2 Days

  • Navigate inside Premiere
  • Understand the tools
  • Organise projects
  • Create and refine rough cuts
  • Multipoint editing
  • Use transitions
  • Work with audio
  • Create titles and credits
  • Apply video effects
  • Apply basic colour correction
  • Output videos
  • And more
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Premiere Pro: Intermediate

Course Duration: 3 Days

  • Use colour correction
  • Apply advanced effects
  • Understand compositing
  • Work with green screen & keying
  • Use advanced audio
  • Create Multicam Projects
  • Integrate with Adobe Media Encoder
  • Integrate with Photoshop and After Effects
  • Create dynamic links
  • Take your Adobe Certification Exam
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Premiere Pro: Zero to HERO

Zero to Premiere Pro Hero in just 5 days and gain the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)

  • Navigate inside Premiere
  • Understand the tools
  • Organise projects
  • Create and refine rough cuts
  • Multipoint editing
  • Use transitions
  • Work with audio
  • Create titles and credits
  • Apply video effects
  • Apply basic colour correction
  • Output videos
  • Use colour correction
  • Apply advanced effects
  • Understand compositing
  • Work with green screen & keying
  • Use advanced audio
  • Create Multicam Projects
  • Integrate with Adobe Media Encoder
  • Integrate with Photoshop and After Effects
  • Create dynamic links
  • Take your Adobe Certification Exam
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After Effects: Beginner

Course Duration: 3 Days

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Create 2D animations
  • Work with layers
  • Apply effects
  • Work with masks & mattes
  • Use colour effectively
  • Export files
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After Effects: Intermediate

Course Duration: 2 Days

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Understand keyframe complexity
  • Use keyframe graphic editor
  • Work with expressions
  • Render queue
  • Track mattes
  • Use compound effects
  • Motion stabilisation and tracking
  • Render order/pre-composing
  • Create 3D animation
  • Prepare for the Adobe ACA Exam
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After Effects: Advanced

Course Duration: 2 Days

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Master the concepts of colour correction
  • Work with advanced expressions
  • Particles
  • Use 3D lights & cameras
  • Time remapping and motion tracking
  • Speed up your workflow.
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After Effects: Zero to HERO

Course Duration: 5 Days

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Create 2D animations
  • Work with layers
  • Apply effects
  • Work with masks & mattes
  • Use color effectively
  • Understand keyframe complexity
  • Render queue
  • Track mattes
  • Use keyframe graphic editor
  • Work with expressions
  • Use compound effects
  • Motion stabilisation and tracking
  • Render order/pre-composing
  • Create 3D animation
  • Prepare for the Adobe ACA Exam
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DaVinci Resolve Courses

Davinci Resolve: Beginner

Course Duration: 2 Days

What you will learn

This course is designed to teach DaVinci Resolve and the basic principles and process of colour correction and grading to anyone with little or no prior experience. You will learn how to navigate the software interface, manage your media and basic editing, colour correction theory, primary correction, gradients and more.

Once you have completed the beginner course we recommend taking the intermediate course as well.

Prerequisites
A basic understanding of video editing is desired.

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DaVinci Resolve Courses

Davinci Resolve: Intermediate

Course Duration: 2 Days

What you will learn

We look at grading techniques that focus on preserving the quality of the original colour data of the footage – this will be accomplished through carefully constructed node workflows and correctly set up RAW projects. Grading styles and looks will be designed using a variety of advanced grading palettes in Resolve, together with the Resolve FX panel and group-based workflows. The session will end on developing a good understanding of delivery formats and workflows. This course is an ideal follow-up to Colour Grading in DaVinci Resolve or Editing in DaVinci Resolve but it is open to any colourist with hands-on experience.

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DaVinci Resolve Courses

Davinci Resolve: Zero to HERO

Course Duration: 3 Days

Learn the color correction and grading using DaVinci Resolve. This hands on training course will teach you the key tools & the colour correction & grading process. Learn the rules and process of Colour Correction, how to read scopes and use them to analyse and fix shots. How to use qualifiers and masks to do secondary correction and build grades. How to track elements in a shot, and how to colour correct over a sequence. And how to save and apply grades over a sequence. We look at grading techniques that focus on preserving the quality of the original colour data of the footage – this will be accomplished through carefully constructed node workflows and correctly set up RAW projects. Grading styles and looks will be designed using a variety of advanced grading palettes in Resolve, together with the Resolve FX panel and group-based workflows. The session will end on developing a good understanding of delivery formats and workflows. This course is an ideal follow up to Color Grading in DaVinci Resolve 14 or Editing in DaVinci Resolve 14 but it is open to any colorist with hands-on experience.

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Cinema 4D: Beginner

Course Duration: 3 Days

By the end of this course you will be able to

This course will show delegates the fundamentals of Maxon’s Cinema 4D. By the end of the course you’ll be able to create your own 3D designs & animation and be ready to move towards some of the more sophisticated features of the software.

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Cinema 4D: Intermediate

Course Duration: 2 Days

By the end of this course you will be able to

The advanced features of Cinema 4d.

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Cinema 4D: Advanced

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By the end of this course, you will be able to

Advanced animation using MoGraph

  • Simulation of natural world dynamics
  • Hair and fur simulation
  • Cloth simulation
  • Basic Character Rigging and IK using Mocca
  • Advanced Scripting using Xpresso (no coding)
  • Advanced Rendering Techniques
  • Multi-pass rending and compositing
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Cinema 4D: Zero to HERO

Zero to Cinema 4D HERO in just 5 days!

This course will show delegates the fundamentals right through to advance of Maxon’s Cinema 4D. By the end of the course you’ll be able to create your own 3D designs & animation and be ready to move towards some of the more sophisticated features of the software.

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Cinema 4D: Ultimate Mastery

By the end of this course you will be able to

After completing the class, users will be able to: This course will show delegates the fundamentals of Maxon’s Cinema 4D. By the end of the course you’ll be able to create your own 3D designs & animation and be ready to move towards some of the more sophisticated features of the software.

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VRAY for Cinema 4D

VRAY for Cinema 4D

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You’ll learn to navigate the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT user interfaces, use the fundamental features of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, use the precision drafting tools in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT to develop accurate technical drawings and present drawings in a detailed and visually impressive way.

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Maya

Maya: Zero to HERO

Course Duration: 5 days

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to: work in a production environment, understand the mechanics of Maya, be able to create 3d models using a variety of techniques, work with materials to texture you models, understand how to light a scene, be able to create animations, stage a scene and understand cinematography and know how to create output for use in post production.

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3d Animator Master Class – Gold

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • 3DS Max Zero to Hero Course – 5 days
  • Autodesk 3DS Max Autodesk Certified User and Professional exams
  • Maya Zero to Hero Course – 5 Days
  • Cinema 4d Beginner Course – 3 Days
  • Cinema 4d Intermediate Course – 2 Days
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Unreal Engine 4 Training Course

Unreal Engine 5: Zero To HERO

Course Duration: 5 Days

What you will learn

During the first day of the course we will teach you about the Unreal Engine 5 interface and its key properties. The training will start by looking into the elements of a 3D application such as materials, meshes and textures. We will then move on to study and find ways to make the objects move and animate, using the animation tool, physics and particles. After the course you will be able to create your own game.

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Unreal Engine 4 Training Course

Unreal Engine 4: Zero To HERO

Course Duration: 5 Days

What you will learn

During the first day of the course we will teach you about the Unreal Engine 4 interface and its key properties. The training will start by looking into the elements of a 3D application such as materials, meshes and textures. We will then move on to study and find ways to make the objects move and animate, using the animation tool, physics and particles. After the course you will be able to create your own game.

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Unity 3D Training Courses

Unity 3d for VR: Bespoke

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Unity 3D has introduced built-in support for some certain VR devices. This course will focus on how to use the Unity 3D game engine for VR; how to setup software and hardware; how to enable VR support in the unity editor; end-user hardware and software requirements; and how to minimize some possible health issues in VR, and so on.

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Unity 3D Training Courses

Unity 3d: Zero to HERO

Course Duration: 5 days
This course we will teach you about the Unity3D interface and its key properties. The training will start by looking into the elements of a 3D application such as materials, meshes and textures. We will then move on to study and find ways to make the objects move and animate, using the animation tool, physics and particles.

After, you will start writing some basic scripts to handle user interaction and create elements of a 2D interface. Also the course will focus entirely on scripting, starting with a detailed review of the scripting engine and API as well a handful of tips and tricks on how to create effective code and build 3D games & applications.

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Video Effects Specialist Master Class – Gold

  • Premiere Pro Zero to Hero Course
  • After Effects Creative Licence
  • Photoshop Zero to Hero Course
  • Illustrator Zero to Hero Course
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Video Effects Specialist Master Class – Silver

  • Premiere Pro 101
  • After Effects 101
  • After Effects 201
  • Photoshop 101
  • Illustrator 101
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JavaScript: Intermediate

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able transform HTML web pages into interactive, cross-browser web pages with cool cross-browser animations and user intuitive functionality.

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JavaScript: Zero to HERO

Course Duration: 5 Days
Javascript Course London Certification

What you will learn

  • Understand the JavaScript language
  • Understand the Document Object Model and how it is used in JavaScript
  • How to detect and respond to user actions
  • Alter, show, hide and move objects on a web page
  • Check information inputted into a form
  • How to use CSS (Cascading Stylesheets)
  • How to make JavaScript cross-browser compatible
  • Transform HTML web pages into interactive
  • Cross-browser web pages with cool cross-browser animations and user-intuitive functionality
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Many companies who are utilising a VFX specialist for a particular job will not require you to have a degree. Instead, they will want to see proof of previous experience and what you are capable of achieving. However, a degree showing that you are skilled in a particular area, such as design, will help give you leverage when competing for particular assignments. It is important to network and make contacts in the visual effects industry. Many companies will not advertise jobs openly. When achieving a permanent job with a visual effects agency, they typically employ based on a ladder system. In other words, when you first get hired, you will work as a technician for 2 years, or until you have proven your skills. This is often called an internship/apprenticeship. However, if you are employed on a contract basis, or as a freelance VFX specialist, then you will have more options as far as your overall requirements.

There are certain skills that need to be present when becoming a VFX specialist. During the learning process, an educational background in drawing, painting and electronic components is very important in order to perform the job properly. The design skills come into play during areas of the job that involve computer generated backgrounds or characters. In this case, knowledge of specific software is important. Most video editors will also be required to maintain the storyline in their heads, even while they are editing scenes that may not be in sequence. You may also need to work with numerous other production staff, including other editors.

If you are going to ensure you get the best possible job, it is important to make sure that you have the right experience with the software and the equipment necessary to edit video. The more experience you have, the greater your chances will be when you hit the job market looking for work.

Formulating a portfolio with show reels of previous work is a step you should take first. Many entrants come from a variety of different fields, such as animation, engineering, computer science, and industrial design. A company will typically look at a person’s practical skills, instead of an educational background.

Networking and doing numerous apprenticeship/internship jobs can be a great way to have your foot in the door when you start looking for a formal position. The better you were in those positions, the greater the chance is that you will have a leg up when it comes time to apply for a full time job. Becoming a video production specialist requires knowledge of editing software and equipment; it requires good networking and people skills to handle the team of people that generally accompany a production. You need to be able to work with everyone, from the director to the staff. This is a rewarding, productive, exciting career with advancing opportunities. Video production runs into movies, television, and the internet. Each has its own set of rules and methods. Additionally, you will get to meet many exciting and interesting people every day as part of your daily routine.

It is important that a VFX specialist have certain characteristics or qualities to prepare them for the type of work they will encounter. A person who is naturally creative and imaginative is very successful in the VFX industry, and additional knowledge about technical processes and computer technology is vital. Other personal characteristics include the ability to work in a team setting and the ability to communicate successfully and professionally. For a freelance VFX specialist, the above mentioned qualities are true, but it is also extremely important that they have organizational skills and self-motivation to help excel in the industry.

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