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Adding a video panel

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

Video: Adding a video panel

Now that we have our floor in place, let's put something on top of it. So let's just say this Skater panel layer. Again I am going to use the shortcut Command+Forward slash on Mac, Ctrl+Forward slash on Windows, to add to the composition. If your Current Time Indicator is at the very start of the comp, it may be difficult to see the layer clearly because the block dissolve hasn't really brought it on yet. Go ahead and scrub that Current Time Indicator a little bit later until you see the entire layer. Again, it enables 3D layer switch. Since we do want the wall to stay upright there's no need to flip its X dimension, but I do need to change its height so that it sits nicely on that floor.

Adding a video panel

Now that we have our floor in place, let's put something on top of it. So let's just say this Skater panel layer. Again I am going to use the shortcut Command+Forward slash on Mac, Ctrl+Forward slash on Windows, to add to the composition. If your Current Time Indicator is at the very start of the comp, it may be difficult to see the layer clearly because the block dissolve hasn't really brought it on yet. Go ahead and scrub that Current Time Indicator a little bit later until you see the entire layer. Again, it enables 3D layer switch. Since we do want the wall to stay upright there's no need to flip its X dimension, but I do need to change its height so that it sits nicely on that floor.

I am going to type P to reveal its position and Shift+A to also reveal its Anchor Point. The Position parameter actually tells you where the Anchor Point of a layer is. Anchor Points default to the very middle of layers. If I want the bottom of this layer to sit on the floor this might require a little bit of math to see what the correct position is, or you can move the Anchor Point to a more convenient position to make your math easier. To do that I'm going to right-click on the Anchor Point value, choose Edit Value and say, "Show me the Units as a percentage of this source." Now that I have this I can say, "Well, keep the X centered inside layer but put the Y at the very bottom of the layer, 100% of the Y value of this source." When I do so, now you'll see the layers has redrawn with the Anchor Point at the very base of that layer.

Once I have done this, now it makes it very easy for me to say my Grid Floor's Y position is at 400. Let's go ahead and set the position of my Skater panel also to 400, and now it'll sit precisely on my floor. If you're having trouble visualizing that, feel free try one of the alternate camera views. Right now I am looking from the default camera, which is the Active Camera, in which you can choose a Custom View 1 to view your wall from the side. And now you get a better idea of how that wall is sitting on your floor.

Now just like we pushed the radar and the gridlines further back in space, it looks like I might want to do the same with this wall, because right now it's a bit crowded towards the front of the composition. So I'll go back to Custom View 1, and I can either grab its Z axis arrow and slide it manually back in the world. Maybe I want those grid lines like right around there, or go ahead and scrub its value down here in the Timeline panel, which is, frankly, the way I prefer to work. I think I would like it to be one of those gridlines, looks like right around there is good, typing a precise value position of 500, and it lines up with one of those grids.

However, I am noticing that it's straddling one of the gridlines going in this dimension. So I think I am going to slightly scrub it to X value until one of those block dissolve holes is nicely centered on one of our grid squares. Now change back to the Active Camera, so I get another perspective on this, then you need to scrub it this way a little bit, like right around there. By putting the Skater panel further back in Z, you'll see we made it smaller, and now I have the entire thing framed inside our display. And to make sure it is framed, I am going to bring up the title and action safe areas.

And indeed, I am seeing that the entire panel is inside action safe. It won't be cropped off by the bezel of the TV. I can turn this off, or I can also use the keyboard shortcut of pressing the apostrophe key.

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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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