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Augmented Reality Animation: Give Yourself Super Powers!

SP Van der Merwe, Illustrator & Cartoonist

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7 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Equipment

    • 3. Storyboarding

    • 4. Filming

    • 5. Exporting for Flash

    • 6. Animating

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Augmented reality has recently sprung into the wonderful world of intrigue and internet interest, so I decided to take it upon myself to learn some of the techniques required to create an augmented reality video.


It all started after seeing the Google doodle on Women's Day 2016. The way the lines were animated over the footage brilliantly helped tell the story of each of the women featured in the video. You can view it here.

Shortly after Women's Day 2016 and seeing this amazing use of augmenting reality, I created a similar video for my sister's Wedding Invitation. The goal of the animation was to tell the story of their love, interests and also of when and where the wedding would be held.


In this course I will be sharing the techniques I used to create this Augmented Reality video. The programs I used to create this video are Adobe Flash, Premiere Pro and After Effects, however feel free to use any other software with similar capabilities. Synfig Studio could also work instead of Flash.

What You'll Learn:

While there are many tutorials on how to animate in Flash and how to edit videos in Premiere, there isn't a tutorial which brings everything together to create your very own Augmented Reality video. This class combines all the resources and additional skills I used to create my Augmented Reality Video. 

The topics we will be covering are:

  • Storyboarding. The blueprint of your video.
  • Directing your "actors". I will talk about how to enforce your storyboard and ensure your scenes turn out correctly according to your storyboard.
  • Base Video Editing. I will show you how to edit your videos in such a way as to allow your animation lines to pop out in your scenes.
  • Exporting & Importing. You will learn how to export your edited video file and import it into the animator.
  • Animation. I will teach you how to animate over your edited footage to create Augmented Reality.
  • Exporting & Publishing. Finally we will go through the process of exporting the animation and composing the entire video in After Effects.

What you'll do:

You will be building your own Augmented Reality video from scratch. We will only be creating a short animation, one where you will showcase one of your Super Powers! You will then be able to use the lessons learnt in this class to create a full length Augmented Reality Animation for whatever project or idea you choose.

So let's jump on in and get started!