Intro to Adobe AfterEffects

 

  • Begin NEW COMPOSITION:  CMD + N
    • Comp NAME:  “nameDEMO”
    • Preset: HDTV 1080 29.97:
      • 1920px X 1080px
      • frames/sec: 29.97
    • Duration: 15s. = 0;00;15;00
    • Background color: WHITE
  • Immediately SAVE : CMD +S
  • Make sure new AE file is in AE1DEMO folder
  • Add YOUR NAME to the front: “nameAE1DEMO”
  • IMPORT ASSETS: CMD+I
    • Only choose the .png of “lionlogo” file
    • IF files included LAYERED PS or AI files,

           “Import As” = “Retain Layer Sizes”

    • IGNORE “TEXT1.aep” (for reference only)
  • Heres what INTERFACE should look like now
  • WORKSPACE : “SMALL SCREEN”
  • Right side: PALETTES include:
    • PREVIEW
    • CHARACTER
    • EFFECTS+PRESETS
  • CREATE NEW TYPE Layer:
    • SHFT+OPT+CMD+T
    • OR use: Top menu > LAYER > NEW > TEXT
    • Type “GALILEO” (all caps) in any font
  • Word is auto-centered on layer
  • CMD+T also gets to TYPE TOOL to put word elsewhere
  • CHANGE FONT TO “Alfa Slab ONE” or “Blackoak”,
    Or any HEAVY BOLD font: block letters
  • CHANGE TYPE COLOR to Galileo Purple
  • In TIMELINE select the GALILEO layer
  • ENTER: CMD+D to DUPLICATE this layer
  • DBL-Click on top layer (or CMD+A) to select the
    Top word
  • CHANGE top word to “RESPECT” (caps)
  • SELECT MOVE tool @ upper LEFT (^)
  • Hold SHIFT key using UP ARROW to move
    “RESPECT” up
  • Dbl-clk LAYER in TIMELINE  to SELECT WORD
  • CHANGE COLOR to Galileo gold.
  • with “RESPECT” still selected
  • OPEN LAYER and find tiny “animate” menu
  • PULL DOWN menu
  • SELECT “POSITION” animator
  • OPEN “ANIMATOR 1”
  • OPEN “RANGE SELECTOR” (at 0%) and
  • CLICK STOPWATCH icon to SET KEYFRAME at
    “0:00”

RANGE SELECTOR setup will animate word letter-by-letter.

Start at 0%, move to 100%

  • Set PLAYHEAD to “1:15” (1.5s) and
  • CHANGE RANGE SELECTOR value to “100%”

This SETS a KEYFRAME to 1.5sec. At 100%—all letters of “RESPECT” are spelled out by now.

KEEP PLAYHEAD HERE to animate POSITION next

MOVE BOTH WORDS to UPPER LEFT:

  • Without setting a keyframe, SELECT BOTH WORDS
    “RESPECT” and “GALILEO” by typing CMD+A
  • HOLD SHIFT key and use UP ARROW to reposition both words to upper left corner of STAGE
Animate POSITION

  • With PLAYHEAD still at 1:15 (1.5s)
  • CLICK STOPWATCH icon to set final keyframe of
    POSITION ANIMATOR (end position)
  • Set PLAYHEAD back to 0:00
  • Use Y-value of POSITION to MOVE “RESPECT”
    up and OFF the STAGE above it (sets start position)
SELECT “GALILEO” word

  • PULL DOWN “ANIMATOR” menu
  • CHOOSE “OPACITY”
  • FIND “ADD” PULLDOWN MENU below “ANIMATOR”
  • CHOOSE “ROTATION”
  • First, SET UP RANGE SELECTOR as before
  • LEAVE PLAYHEAD at 1:15 (1.5s.)
WITH PLAYHEAD at 1:15 (1.5s)

  • SET KF (keyframe) for OPACITY (100%)
  • SET KF for ROTATION (0+0º)

MOVE PLAYHEAD back to 0:00 (start)

  • CHANGE OPACITY to 0%
  • CHANGE ROTATION to -90º
Now to LIMIT time of BOTH WORDS to 5:00:

  • “GALILEO” is still SELECTED in TIMELINE
  • HOLD SHIFT and also SELECT “RESPECT”
  • GO TO END of TIMELINE
  • PULL in END of both TEXT LAYERS to 5:00 mark
OFFSET animation of “GALILEO” to happen half sec later:

  • SLIDE “GALILEO” LAYER right 0:15 (0.5s.)
                            
TWEAK keyframes for better timing:

  • Use SELECTION (^) TOOL to select end KFs
  • SLIDE to later position on TIMELINE if necessary
           

 

DEMO PT. 2: TRACK MATTES : 15 min.

BEGIN: Type 2 NEW word LAYERS:

  • REPEAT first steps to type “RESPECT” and “EACH OTHER” on different LAYERS
  • MAKE SURE “RESPECT” layer is ABOVE
    (not shown here >)
CREATE SHAPE LAYER to make MATTE:

  • SELECT RECTANGLE TOOL (Q)
  • 7th tool from upper left
  • Clk+DRAG across “RESPECT”;
    will cover it up with rectangle
  • SHAPE LAYER (rectangle) is above
    “RESPECT” layer
  • LIMIT BOTH “RESPECT” and SHAPE to 5s. overall duration, begin at 6:00
CREATE TRACK MATTE:

  • PULL DOWN “Track Matte” MENU
  • SELECT ‘Alpha Matte”Shape Layer 1”’
  • Rectangle over “RESPECT” will ‘disappear’
  • “RESPECT” will disappear if TRACK MATTE is moved away from word
Use POSITION to move TRACK MATTE:

  • PLAYHEAD to about 7:15 (7.5sec.)
  • Clk STOPWATCH icon to SET POSITION KF @ 7:15
  • Set PLAYHEAD to 6:00 (begin word anim)
  • Move RECTANGLE TRACK MATTE UP
  • Hides “RESPECT”
Knock out “EACH OTHER” to video behind:

  • Drag “MVI_1605.mp4” video file from ASSETS PANEL to TIMELINE
  • Make SURE VIDEO LAYER is
    BELOW the “EACH OTHER” LAYER
Create TRACK MATTE of VIDEO LAYER

  • PULL DOWN “Track Matte” MENU
  • SELECT ‘Alpha Matte”EACH OTHER”’
Bring in “MVI_1597.mp4” (Lion head video)

  • DRAG “MVI_1597.mp4”down into TIMELINE from ASSET PANEL
  • MAKE SURE it is BELOW the “MVI_1605.mp4” video
  • SET PLAYHEAD to 6:00 to
    ANIMATE “EACH OTHER” text
ANIMATE “EACH OTHER” text LAYER

  • With PLAYHEAD at 6:00
  • OPEN “Transform” controls
  • SET KFs (CLICK STOPWATCH icons) for:
    • POSITION
    • SCALE (=100%)
  • PULL DOWN “Animate” MENU
  • SELECT “TRACKING”
USE P, S, and TRACKING ++:

  • USE SCALE TO Increase TEXT SIZE until
    7:30 (7.5s.)
  • Use TRACKING to MERGE LETTERS as
  • POSITION keeps TEXT in LOWER STAGE
  • BOTH until 7:30
LOOKS LIKE THIS >>>

FINISH:

IMPORT “lionlogo.png” and animate for FUN