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Review | FXPHD

Posted 17th May 2011 by    email Email article     share Share article

You may remember back in February I wrote a blog called ‘Signed up to FXPHD’ and at the end of my first term I would write a review of FXPHD… so here’s that review!

I am a bit late with this review as the January to March FXPHD term is actually well over and their now into their April term.

Brief recap, FXPHD sends their lessons in a video tutorial format to you each week. They state the impressive tag line ‘Take your VFX knowledge to the next level’ but not only do you have standard video tutorials you can also take part in the forums and ask questions to the instructors etc. You pick 3 courses from around 40 on offer.

I signed up to the courses AFX211 After Effects Project – The Open, AFX213 After Effects Broadcast Design with Red Giant and MOG202 Design Thinking for Motion Graphics. The forth course BKD219 Background Fundamentals Jan11 is an extra course FXPHD automatically supply to everyone who signed up to this term.

A lot of FXPHD is to do with the courses you pick, the lecture and of course your willingness to learn. For example I was really looking forward to AFX213 After Effects Broadcast Design with Red Giant as I wanted to learn more Red Giant products and I also knew a bit about the lecture Harry Frank and knew this would be a great course. As it turns out it was a fantastic course jam packed full of great stuff. I also enjoyed the other two courses but not as much the AFX213 course…. that’s not to say they were bad, it’s just I enjoyed the AFX213 course more.

The one thing I did like about these other 2 courses were that the people teaching them would appear a lot on camera and it’s the nearest thing you will get to a one on one tutoring. In a way it’s like your back at university sitting in a class getting taught (only this way it’s easier to sneak out!).

Like most things the more you put into FXPHD the more you get out of it… each week you get a video and if you can keep up with the courses each week it turns out to be a bit of a treat when a new video is released. Looking back on this term I can honestly say I learnt a lot… in fact an awful lot that I have already put into practise on some projects I’ve done since.

Bottom line is that I was very impressed with FXPHD… how impressed?… impressed enough to sign up for another term! The April term has already started but there is still time to sign up just head on over to and sign up and get going today! If you’re interested I have signed up to AFX215 AE Compositing for PROJECT ARBITER, C4D101 Introduction to Cinema 4D and DIR301 Directing this term.

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