Adobe after effects

Adobe after effects 2019


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Adobe after effects I'm gonna run you guys through the interface of the program, show you what it's like, where things go, try and simplify it for you as best as I can. And then I think we'll just make a simple title if you will.You're gonna hit New Project. Okay, pause for a second. This is the interface of After Effects. It looks kind of the same as Premier. You'll notice you've got the timeline down at the bottom. You've got your workspace up top. You've got some kind of file storage, some bins, some area on the left side for your stuff to go. Your files, your videos, your music, whatever you're gonna throw in there. You got your effects on the right side. So if you are kind of like a seasoned pro or somewhat seasoned by having used any type of Creative Cloud products from Adobe before, this shouldn't look too foreign. But there's still probably a few things in here that you're gonna be like, "Hmm?" Let's keep going. All right, on the left side, you've got your project window. This is where all your files get dropped in. If you've got graphics, if you've got music, if you've got whatever you need, that's going on the left side. Very much similar to if you're gonna put all your footage into Premier to start editing, you're gonna drop all your goods, all your assets into the project window. All right, immediately to the right of that is your composition window. That's where you're seeing what you're working on. That's where your video is going to be. Everything your adjusting, all the stuff your tweaking, all the effects, the after-effects that you're putting on your footage and your video, that's the main spot for it. On the right side, kind of like LightRoom, you've got that big panel of effects, so that's where you're gonna type in your different effects. Text tools, changing your fonts, all of that stuff (zip) over here. And then (swoosh) running right along the top of that screen is your toolbar, so that's where you've got all your different pointers and text tools again and little things that will change based on what you're doing, okay? So, project files, main composition windows, effects, (zip) toolbar, and then at the bottom you've got your timeline. Just like video editing, it's gonna work exactly the same. That timeline is where everything your working on, just like any other timeline you are familiar with. Oh! So far so good, right? You guys are still with me. We're not getting into scary waters yet. All right, I'm gonna go ahead and drag in a drone shot from Iceland of me walking on this airplane. I'm gonna drag that into my project files, just like we talked about because that's where your project files go. What we want to accomplish by the end of this video is having a title on our footage that tracks into the scene and it grows and kind of moves with the camera as the camera continues to fly over the plane, right? So instead of just putting a title on the screen and the drone shot moves over the plane and that title never moves, we want it to feel like that title is in the same environment and that camera is moving over it and closer to it and the closer that drone gets to the title the title's getting bigger. That's the objective of today. We're gonna start with that. Kind of looks a little bit like this. (intense instrumental music) Now, if we really wanted to get crazy we could mask out some of that text so that it's behind me when I'm walking but we'll save that for maybe like part two. Don't even, we'll just, uh... Moving on. Okay, so the first step. The first thing you're gonna want to do is click on that footage in your project window and drag it down into this little icon. You're gonna drop it on that and then (pop) let go. That button is the Create a New Composition button, so when you drag your footage, whatever that is, right onto that button it creates a composition based on those settings of that video. 4K, because I shot this in 4K, 24 frames per second, all of those are baked into that timeline. That totally makes sense. If it confused you, essentially we're taking the drone shot, we're dragging it into that icon, it's gonna open the window up and make our timeline the exact settings we need them based on the settings of that drone shot. This is a 4K clip so it's massive right now. It's taking up a lot of our composition so let's just go ahead and click this little arrow right here and fit that to the screen. That's looking a lot better. We are nice and crispy 4K, that's full res. You can click this little dropdown here and change the resolution, which is actually gonna render your projects faster. You see, unlike Premier Pro, where when you drag your footage in it's rendering in real-time so that you can play through your footage and edit without having to wait for render times. But After Effects doesn't render in real-time, so dropping that quality is gonna allow you to playback what you're doing and what you're working on without having it being choppy or anything like that, or having to wait for render times.
Adobe-after-effects

Adobe-after-effects

Adobe-after-effects

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All right, this is where I want the footage to start so if you click on the actual video in your timeline, which is this little blue strip right here, you can grab the front end of that clip. You can click and drag that to your timeline. Now, if you want it to snap right to your play head, hold downshift. If you've got a full-sized keyboard like I do right here, you can actually use Page Up and Page Down to go frame by frame so you can fine-tune that last part of the clip that you want. When you have it you can drag the footage from the very end, holding shift, right back to your play head so that you've condensed that whole clip into I believe you can also use B and E for beginning and end. Once you've deciphered which in and out the point you want and you've trimmed that down, you're gonna move that to the beginning of your timeline and then we're gonna do something that's gonna just make everything a little more efficient and a little easier to deal with. Now, if you notice that little blue bar, that is your footage. We're gonna go all the way to the end of the timeline, we're gonna grab that time ruler just like we did with our footage, and we're gonna drag it all the way to match the end of our clip. Then we're gonna go up to Composition in the toolbar and we're gonna select Trim Comp to Work Area. Now it's gonna take this little clip that's our footage and it's gonna take all of this stupid nothing space that's just gonna annoy me and it's gonna obliterate It's just easier to deal with, easier to think about, cleans everything up. (finger snap) Okay, so we've done that, that's the easy part. Go ahead, head up to the toolbar, hit that T for text tool, type in whatever you want. I'm going to type in my name, ADP editing. This is the beginning of creating our title so that we can track it through space and time. I just love saying that, it just sounds so great. We're gonna track a title through space and time. All right, so now that your text is on the screen and you've got your shot playing, go ahead and play that through again hitting the space bar. You'll notice as the camera moves closer, as the drone flies closer to that plane, that title doesn't move, it stays the same. It doesn't look very good, it's just small, it's a standard text on the frame, it's just bleched. That's where I'm saying we want to track this title so as the camera moves forward the text becomes bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger as if the To do that we need to create something called a null object. Now, a null object is gonna be something that you come across very often in After Effects. Let me explain what a null object is with regards to tracking this title through space and time. A null object is like an invisible aid that lives on the screen when you're editing. It's never gonna appear in any of your videos but you're able to attach different effects to it and it controls different effects throughout After Effects. So different things that are happening on screen, different things that you're trying to make happen, all sometimes run through this null object and it enables a lot of different, cool things to happen, like what we're going to do with tracking this text. We need to track that text and attach it to something on the screen so that it ends up working. I'm trying to explain it in a way that's not gonna completely melt your face. But let me get into this edit a little bit more, then I think by the end you'll understand. It's just one of those things that you need as a step to begin using After Effects. To activate this mysterious null object... And if you want to know more about that I'm sure you can Google it and get a better answer than I could But just right click in your timeline, hit New, and go over to Null Object.  When you click that, a red box is gonna show up. That is your null object. That's just the little invisible box, the little invisible controller box that's gonna live on screen for the rest of this edit. You'll also see it down in the left corner where you see all of our layers if you will. We've got our footage, we've got our title, and now we have Null 1. Now's where it gets a little confusing. Refill your coffee, right now. What we need to do is have After Effects track all the pixels in this scene. It needs to just play the scene forward and it needs to analyze and track the movement of this scene, which is our drone shot flying forward. After Effects needs to figure that out, it needs to map it. Once it's done that, we attach it's tracking data. We attach what it's done to this null object. Then, when we take that text and we attach that text to the null object, it's also tracked because they're both running through this little helper, this little invisible aid that is the null object, okay? So we track the scene, we attach those settings to the null object, then we take the text, attach it to the null object. Bob's your uncle, you're good to go. Click on your footage, that's the DJI clip for me, whatever it is for you. You're gonna click on that layer, probably the bottom layer. Then you're gonna go over to the right side where it says Tracker, and that's gonna bring up a little window. If you don't see that, like anything else, you can go up to the top of the toolbar, hit Window, go down and make sure that Tracker is clicked. If it's not, go ahead and click that, then boop! Your little toolbar is gonna appear on the right side. If it's already there, you're golden. Follow these next steps. You're gonna click Track Motion. Once you click that it opens up a new layer window. Now, you might be like, "Huh, where did my composition go?" But if you notice at the top where it'll say Composition DJI 0001. That's my clip, so whatever your clip is, that clips gonna be over to the left. What I mean by it opened a new window is now besides that we see layer one, which is that track motion layer. So your other composition is still there, we're good. It's just opened a new window so that it can perform this task. Now you'll see, right in the middle of the scene, it says Track Point 1 with a little white box. Now we're gonna want to zoom in so that we can see this better, so hit plus and minus on your keyboard to zoom in, zoom out. But go ahead and hit plus and get up nice and close to this so that we have a very good view. And I also noticed this footage doesn't look very good right now because if you remember at the beginning we dropped that quality down to a quarter so that we could render this thing faster. So right now, just for simplicity's sake so that we can actually understand what's going on, let's bring that quality back up to full. Boof! Look at that crispy, tastiness. We're back baby, 4K. Mm, feels good! But now we can actually see what's going on. Now you can see our track point number one box and what that does is tracks a group of pixels across the screen and calculates its movements. But we're gonna need to make another tracking box because we want to do two things here. We want to move into that text so we need to track moving into that text, but we want that text to also scale up and move bigger so we need to track that scale as well. So we got two things happening at once here. Don't worry, we're fine, we're good. You'll see over on the right side here, we've got Position checked off. You're gonna go ahead and hit Scale, make sure that one's checked off too. And then a second tracking box is gonna pop up. (pop) Just like magic. (weak explosion sound) I got nothing, I got... And you thought I was gonna do magic, didn't you? You were like, "It's coming." No, no. You don't own me. Just to double-check everything is in good working order you can go ahead and hit Edit Target. Now a little window's gonna pop up and you're gonna see that the selection is selected to Null 1. That's the null object we created because, remember, we're trying to track all these movements and send all that information to that little, invisible helper, that null object. So making sure that's where it's going is good.  Composition, new composition, drag this in, trim to... All that stuff is just muscle memory at this point. So that's what I'd recommend for you to do while you wait for me to make part two because I've got no idea when it's coming. But I will make sure it comes in a timely manner.










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