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 Lecture 5: Bringing Objects to Life
   [ Day 1 ] 

Screening and discussion

Presentations (go over these):

2 students per topic and they get two topics
google Docs

Click for Student Topic Assignments

Due dates to be announced

Week 4 Thursday
Slow in - Slow out
Squash and Stretch


Introduction to After Effects

After Effects

      Projects (.aep) - only one can be opened at a time

      File - Import - File

  • Select first file of the sequence
  • With the file selected, RMB> Interpret Footage> Main
  • Frame Rate: Assume this frame as 24 frames per second

      Save your Project - File - Save As
      Name it and save it in the same place as your scanned files

Composition Menu
      Select New Composition
      Composition Setting

  • Composition Name: Name the file (username_comp)
  • Width: 1920 px; Height: 1080 px
  • Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square Pixels
  • Frame Rate: 24
  • Resolution: Full
  • Duration: 0:00:05:00 (0 hours, 0 minutes, 5 seconds, 00 frames)

    The Composition window:
    Shows the animation
    You can drag files from the Project into the Composition Window (it snaps in place)
          Numbers in Blue on top left = current time
           Top of timeline sliders:
                 Top one is entire view (whole animation)
                 Next slider is work area (the area you want to work in and see as preview)

    To do a Preview:
          Click the RAM Preview Button (or hit 0)
                it runs through once putting it in memory and then plays fine

    To do a regular preview hit the Space Key

    To change total time of animation:
    Composition - Composition Settings
To Render a final Movie

Save the Project before making a movie
      Quit all other Applications

File - Export Menu - Add to Render Queue



Composition menu - Add to Render Queue (Ctrl + M)


      Name it -
      Save it to the same place you saved your files (it will take up lots of space)
      Don't worry about the Save as Type box we will change this later


Click Render Settings - Best Settings (blue)
      Quality = Best
      Resolution = Full
      * Time Span - Length of Comp (make sure Composition Settings is correct) or use the Work Area Only
      Frame Rate - 24 - OK
Click Output Module - Lossless (blue)
      Format - Quicktime Movie (this automatically throws you into the Compression Settings)
      if you have to get back into a second time to change anything, select the Video Output Format Options
     Format Options:
            Video Codec: H.264

Click Audio Output ON/OFF

Click Output to: to change the name or where you want to save it

Open Current Render Details by clicking the arrow in the window
Click Render