Workshop 3

After Effects and Premier Pro

Setting Up a project/compositions

Projects are like the whole file in photoshop and then the composition is like the layer that is within the project. 

When setting up a composition you can set your resolution with is 1920x1080 for a normal HD tv (this will change but for larger screens). Then you can set your frame rate with is how many frames per second you will see, this is normally around 29 frames a second for normal media (it will change for things like cinema movies). You can also set the duration of the timeline and for this project we want it to be 24 seconds long.

NOTE - Colours in after effects

As animations are for digital consumption the colours for the screen are in RGB as they are made up for pixels, but to get things like the brand colour you can uses hex colours

Transforming in After effects

When animating anything from shape to text the transform tool is all ways the same. You have 5 values that can be manipulated to transform the object in the animation. The values in blue are the values that you can change to change each object. You can change; the position of the anchor point, the position of the shape, the scale of the object, the orientation of the object and the opacity of the object all in this panel. 

When it comes to after effects KEYFRAMES (Fig1) are the key. You can use the little stopwatch (fig2) next to each property to add a keyframe to the timeline. A keyframe is a command to after effect saying "remember what this value is at this point in time". The Closer the keyframes are to each other on the timeline the quick the animation will be. 

TIP- 'N' will let you loop your animation at the point selected. 

Useful tools and hot keys

The same as all adobe programmes thing like CMD Z(undo), CMD C(copy), CMD V(paste) all still apply. 

When opening the properties of the shape you can press; (A) Anchor point, (P) Position, (S) Scale, (R) Rotation, (O) Opacity. 

You can select a keyframe by clicking it or uses the arrows to the left of the spot watch. 

The pan behind tool is used to move the anchor point in relation to the shape.

pre-composition

Pre-composing an animation is like flatting layers in photoshop, it lets you make complicated animation while keeping your timeline clean. To pre-compose an animation you select all the objects you want in the animation and then animation<precompose. 

Basic physics

When

Graph Editor Intro

The graph editor is a way to change the speed of the animation. To access the editor you click the graph icon at the top of the composition. Then you can make the graph to change the value of the property at each point in the timeline. 

Exporting

When exporting I really dislike the render engine after effect and pre-premiere pro this is why I use media encoder. When you want to export you go to the normal file<export<add to media encoder queue, this will then put it in the media encoder queue and open the application. Then you can simply pick from the hundreds of presets. The standard set for the HD Video is under H.264 and under that there are lots of different qualities 1080p is the standard and what we will be using for this project.

Premiere Pro Basics

Importing Clips

When getting a new clip into premiere you select file<import and find the clip in the finder. The video will then import and it will show a preview. you can then move the slider at the bottom to crop the clip or press 'I' for the in point and 'O' for the outpoint. Then you can drag the clip down to your timeline.

Cutting Clips Down

When exporting I really dislike the render engine after effect and pre-premiere pro this is why I use media encoder. When you want to export you go to the normal file<export<add to media encoder queue, this will then put it in the media encoder queue and open the application. Then you can simply pick from the hundreds of presets. The standard set for the HD Video is under H.264 and under that there are lots of different qualities 1080p is the standard and what we will be using for this project.

Deleting Audio

To delete audio from a clip that you have imported into premiere you must lock the video layer by clicking the padlock and then you can select and delete the audio from the timeline.

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