Learning Premiere Pro CC
I like to start people off with a simple project that can be edited in a variety of ways. I call it the "Community promo" and it is simply a collection of clips from around my home town. The goal is to cut the footage to a short music track and voice over, add a couple titles and transitions, then export. I recommend following this up with cutting an interview together. Here is my Introduction to Premiere Pro CC Scope and Sequence. The key to really learning anything is repetition, learning from your mistakes and then making them your own so give your kids additional projects that give them the opportunity to practice. Here is a link to my ACA Test Prep Premiere Pro course. Even if you can't access all the lessons you should get an idea of the lesson flow. Let me know if you would like a 1 month trial.
Student Example: Editing Final
Learning After Effects CC
After Effects can be intimidating but if you are familiar with the timeline in Premiere Pro and the layers in Photoshop then it is pretty simple to do the basics. I start people out with some simple exercises working with keyframes and the basic transformations. Here is my Introduction to After Effects CC. Just like Premiere Pro, give your students excuses to use After Effects for titles and other small animated projects. Here is a link to my ACA Test Prep After Effects course. Even if you can't access all the lessons you should get an idea of the lesson flow. Let me know if you would like a 1 month trial.
Other After Effects Resources
- Video Co-Pilot: This is one of the best sites for learning After Effects but it contains some of the material that is violent. For example, you can purchase some action clips that include blood splatters.
- After Effects Tutorials: Tons of great links, documents and resources.
- Creative Cow: A collection of really interesting Hollywood style effects created with Adobe After Effects.
- After Effects Shortcuts
General Adobe Online Resources