Study Guide - SPRING 2012 Final Exam
CS 2880 Topics in Computing: VE, A, and MG

10-11:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 is our exam time.

  1. Birds - Two Creative Cow video tutorials and a set of study questions:

    1. Study guide to the Creating a Flying Bird Creative Cow tutorial. Video is 7:53 in length.

    2. Study guide to Creating a Flock of Flying Birds Creative Cow tutorial. Video is 9:45 in length.

    3. As you study/watch and review the videos, look at questions CC1 through CC11. All 11 of the CC1, CC2, ... CC3 questions are about the Creating a Flock of Birds Part 1 and Part 2 video tutorials.

      Please IGNORE and DISREGARD the NL1 through NL4, as those questions are about NetLogo turtle graphics and were only for students in the LAC course Computational Modeling and Simulation.

    4. Bird Flock part 2 notes, hand-written for the in-class exercise.

    5. Here is the Adobe Illustrator file that you build the flying single bird from in tutorial part 1: Download the file and import it as footage.

  2. Lesson 07: TIME REMAPPING and LOOPING expressions. Speed up, slow down, reverse time. Repeating and looping a set of keyframes.

  3. Camtasia 10 minute 22 second Time Remapping video tutorial review of what we did from the After Effects Apprentice book in two different classes. Follows the handout you received in class, step by step. Also exactly follows the textbook: Lesson 07 chapter of AE Apprentice.

    Please do not cry over spilled milk. We can make time go backwards and it magically all goes back inside the glass.

  4. Lesson 01 notes and quiz study guide. Know the AE basics. basics.

  5. SEE LESSON 03 of textbook:
    Review of the basics of LAYERS: CTI, in points, out points, trim and untrim, etc.

  6. Study over the old quizzes from this and past semesters. OK- on a quiz answer means your answer was okay that time, (no points taken off), but any future quiz or test, you would NOT get full credit for the same answer. That is what OK- (OK-minus) means as a grade for an answer.

    Repository of old quizzes: QUIZZES from 2010 - IGNORE FLASH BUTTONS! We did NOT cover them in Spring 2012.

    NEW: Quizzes from 2011, including both SPRING 2011 and FALL 2011. Ignore Flash Buttons and four states of buttons.

  7. Fall 2010: Study guide for the final exam from Fall of 2010 has links to the past two semester's quizzes (Spring 2010 and Fall 2010).

  8. Spring 2011: Study guide for the final exam from Spring of 2011 is last semester's study guide.

  9. Time Remapping: timeRemap.pdf you have as a handout. We did this in two different classes this semester.
    NOTE: THIS will be BOTH on the HANDS-ON portion of the class AND on the written portion of the exam.

  10. Cameras and After Effects: Camera Basics scanned in notes.

  11. October 4th, 2011 assignment: MASKING and using MASKS on layers in After Effects?

    The Bumping on Sunset tutorial was covered briefly in class, and then you did it as an assignment/project.

    See LI List Items #1, #2, #3, and #4.

    a.  See Lesson 4: After Effects Apprentice textbook. Transparent areas are
          creating using 3 approaches: Masks, Track Mattes and Stencils.
          MASKING = "I want to see only the area inside this shape; make the
                                                        outside transparent."
         Lesson 4 - Page 88 of After Effects Apprentice book.
    b. Shape tools are used to create mask paths. Select the layer 1st, apply
                or use the SHAPE tool 2nd.
       Note: If no layer is selected, the shape tool will create a brand new
                SHAPE LAYER. If a layer is pre-selected, then a SHAPE tool will
                create a mask path.
    c.  Masks only effect the layer immediately underneath the layer, i.e. the
          layer the mask is applied to. The mask either hides or reveals the
          layer it is applied to. It has no effect on other layers.
    Question: When do you get a new SHAPE LAYER instead of a MASK PATH?  
  12. Photoshop for After Effects: September 7th, 2011 how to zoom it; move it move it move it; color it; cut it; make a new layer; ... Photoshop basics review - see quiz #4 from spring 2011.

    We separated the Rock, the Paper, and the Scissors into brand new Photoshop layers in class.

    Know the following tools and techniques: Eyedropper, Lasso, Color Modes Indexed and RGB and GIF files, how do zoom in and zoom out, Magic Wand tool, Alt + Backspace to paint with Foreground color, Paste in Place, ...

  13. AE Basics 16: Parenting video tutorial: Using the parenting column. Sun, moon, earth. 14 minute long video tutorial from Creative Cow.

  14. Good luck on your final exams!