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Adding the dial

From: After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title

Video: Adding the dial

The next thing I want to do while building our 3D world is to add another element that Trish showed you how to create earlier. I am going to back to the Project panel, choose the Dial layer, and drag it into the center of this composition. Now you might remember, your Dial layer was indeed a 3D composition. I'll look at it from one of the custom views. But currently in the Main Comp it's flattened it to being a 2D layer. 3D pre-comps do need a little bit of extra management to make them look right in a final 3D composition.

Adding the dial

The next thing I want to do while building our 3D world is to add another element that Trish showed you how to create earlier. I am going to back to the Project panel, choose the Dial layer, and drag it into the center of this composition. Now you might remember, your Dial layer was indeed a 3D composition. I'll look at it from one of the custom views. But currently in the Main Comp it's flattened it to being a 2D layer. 3D pre-comps do need a little bit of extra management to make them look right in a final 3D composition.

Drag your Current Time Indicator to where you make sure you see all your dials, all the elements have been built on, and for now let's go ahead and solo just that Dial layer. I'll also return back to switches so I can see my 3D layer switch. Now right now this is a 2D layer. I need to enable his 3D layer switch to make it a 3D layer. However, we solved the problem. I'll press R to reveal rotation. As I rotate it you'll see that it's just a flat layer. But that's not right. You made a 3D composition. Why is it just 2D here? Well, whenever you nest a 3D composition into another 3D composition, most of the time you want to enable the collapse transformation switch for that pre-comp.

What that does is, in essence, bring all the layers in that pre-comp forward into the current composition. Then when they are in this composition, they can pick up the camera, the lighting, basically all the 3D-ness of this comp. So I will enable that switch for this layer. You'll see the Dial has changed, and now as I rotate around, you'll see that we do indeed have our 3D widget. It's no longer a piece of flat 2D artwork. That's far more desirable. I zero this out, turn off Solo for now and it's part of our world, including intersecting with the floor.

Now that I have the Dial in the same composition as my video, I can see that the colors that I chose weren't exactly right to go along with this video, you'll probably want to edit those. Well, let me show you a trick for doing that. It's called edit this. Look at that. What do we want to edit is the Dial layer's effects that give it its color. For example, the event names layer has a tint effect applied. I'll press F3 to open up its Effect Controls panel. I want to edit its tint while looking at the final composition.

To do that I'll go back to the Dial comp, bring the Effects Control panel forward, lock it so that it remains forward, then bring my main comp back forward again. By doing so, I can make changes to the Tint effect back in the pre-comp, and that'd be reflected in this final composition. For example, let's pick color, based on, say, the dirt in the video, like that. That might be bit on the dull side. Let's pick a brighter area like this or even like this area.

Ah, that matches much better. I like that. When you're done, turn off the Lock icon. I'll go back to my Dial layer, pick one of the rings, look at its stroke color, lock the Effect Controls panel for this stroke, go back to my Main Comp, and decide what color I want that ring to be. Maybe I'll also pick up some color from this comp. Now we have some nice whites, off whites inside the board and his tennis shoes and his helmet. Let's use those. And I pick a color from, say, his shoe here, use that for one ring, unlock it when I am done, go back to the Dial comp, pick the other ring, lock the Effects Control for that stroke, go back to my Main Comp, and eyedropper a different color, like maybe this yellow outside the deck of this board. And there is my second color.

And again unlock when you are done. So now I have some colors for the Dial that are better matched for this video.

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  1. 3m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 17m 38s
    1. Building the grid floor
      8m 48s
    2. Creating a radar sweep
      5m 13s
    3. Adding lightning
      3m 37s
  3. 14m 18s
    1. Building the video panel
      4m 34s
    2. Using the Block Dissolve effect
      3m 52s
    3. Stylizing the footage
      2m 15s
    4. Duplicating precomps
      3m 37s
  4. 21m 22s
    1. Importing Illustrator files
      5m 47s
    2. Working with paths and masks
      4m 54s
    3. Animating the Stroke effect
      4m 20s
    4. Tinting the event names
      2m 42s
    5. Wiggling the rings
      3m 39s
  5. 33m 35s
    1. Starting a new composition
      1m 48s
    2. Spotting music
      5m 55s
    3. Building the floor
      5m 27s
    4. Adding a video panel
      3m 40s
    5. Creating a reflection
      7m 47s
    6. Adding the dial
      4m 7s
    7. Arranging the frame
      4m 51s
  6. 9m 22s
    1. Setting up the final pose
      4m 28s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      4m 54s
  7. 14m 39s
    1. Adding a text layer
      5m 16s
    2. Using text animation presets
      3m 16s
    3. Customizing the preset
      6m 7s
  8. 6m 56s
    1. Adding a Spot light
      3m 41s
    2. Casting shadows
      3m 15s
  9. 12m 7s
    1. Improving consistency
      2m 43s
    2. Adding a 2D background
      4m 29s
    3. Tying up loose ends
      4m 55s
  10. 20m 37s
    1. Overview of Main Comp 2
      3m 32s
    2. Grouping layers
      4m 39s
    3. Animating the swivel
      9m 2s
    4. Assembling the final comp
      3m 24s
  11. 25m 56s
    1. Adding a transition
      7m 0s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a filmic glow
      4m 0s
    4. Increasing the motion blur
      4m 2s
    5. Retiming a video source
      7m 34s
  12. 13m 4s
    1. Exploring render settings
      2m 48s
    2. Outputting for archiving
      1m 15s
    3. Outputting anamorphic widescreen DV
      1m 57s
    4. Creating a 4:3 center-cut version
      2m 31s
    5. Outputting for web
      2m 23s
    6. Exploring components for editors
      2m 10s
  13. 12m 49s
    1. Creating the inner ring
      5m 19s
    2. Creating the outer ring
      3m 9s
    3. Creating the text ring
      4m 21s

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