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College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MACA 2570 - Advanced After Effects

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: MACA 1900 

(formerly MACA 2916)

This course covers advanced expression, effects, 3D camera, motion tracking techniques as students build their presentation reels to strict requirements and guidelines through a series of comprehensive projects. Projects will cover a wide range of motion tracking, kinetic motion text and design, track mattes, color keys, and CGI composite animation techniques for the purpose of preparing students for positions within the integrated full service media/motion industry.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to utilize filters, effects and presets to modify animation and change the appearance of footage.


  1. Apply effects and presets.
  2. Use transition effects.
  3. Utilize color correction and adjustment layers.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to paint on layers.


  1. Edit a paint stroke.
  2. Morph paint strokes over time.
  3. Create write-on effect with eraser tool.
  4. Use the clone stamp tool.
  5. Utilize painting through the scribble effect.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to utilize masks.


  1. Draw masks with the pen tool.
  2. Draw custom bézier masks.
  3. Use multiple mask modes.
  4. Animate and change mask shapes.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create track mattes.


  1. Use alpha channels.
  2. Import and alter alpha and luminance channels.
  3. Create a track matte.
  4. Use soft-edged track mattes.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to work with color keys.


  1. Choose an appropriate color key.
  2. Adjust and fix color key selections.
  3. Use Keylight and view key results.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use work with 3D layers.


  1. Utilize multiple 3D layers.
  2. Create custom camera views.
  3. Work with various lighting techniques.
  4. Add and animate cameras.
  5. Animate a camera’s point of interest.

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use expressions to enhance animation.


  1. Add expression and relationship attributes.
  2. Create property relationships.
  3. Multiply expression values.
  4. Use text, effects, and expressions.
  5. Use java-script expression language.

Outcome 8: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to track motion and stabilize footage.


  1. Track motion within video to apply to other layers.
  2. Stabilize video footage.
  3. Utilize Mocha to track motion.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Week 1. Lecture: Introduction, course goals and objectives, grading and attendance policy, assignment of equipment, procedures on equipment use and care. Material and supply list. Pre test.
Week 2. Lecture: Applying Effects
Week 2. Practical: Alter footage with four diverse effects
Week 3. Lecture: Animating Effects and Pre-sets
Week 3. Practical: Animate a drop shadow effect and explore the cc effect plugins
Week 4. Lecture: Painting on Layers
Week 4. Practical: Create a Write-on effect and utilize Pressure Sensitivity with Paint Tools
Week 5. Lecture: Morph Paint Strokes
Week 5. Practical: Modify the shape of a Paint Stroke over time
Week 6. Lecture: Creating Masks
Week 6. Practical: Mask out footage with various mask pre-set shapes
Week 7. Lecture: Utilize Bézier Masks
Week 7. Practical: Use Pen Tool to create custom masks
Week 8. Lecture: Color Keys and Motion Tracking
Week 8. Practical: Create simple color keys, explore Keylight 2.0, Use Mocha to motion track
Week 9. Lecture: Explore 3D layers and camera techniques
Week 9. Practical: Create 3D layers and camera compositions
Week 10. Lecture: Use expressions and relationship properties
Week 10. Practical: Use expression scripts to enhance and expedite animation
Week 11. Lecture: Assembly and storyboard techniques for individual reel presentations
Week 12. Lecture: Create and organize assets
Week 12. Practical: Work on student reels
Week 13. Lecture: Continue reel presentation specifications
Week 13. Practical: Work on student reels
Week 14. Lecture: Continue reel presentation specifications
Week 14. Practical: Work on student reels
Week 15. Practical: Work on student reels
Week 16. Practical: Compile all videos, and final presentations
Primary Faculty
Sheehan, Shawn
Secondary Faculty
Sarcona, Shaun
Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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