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Arranging the frame

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

Video: Arranging the frame

Now that we have all of our elements in this composition, let's arrange this frame a little bit better and maybe create a good ending pose. To do so, again I am going to turn on the Title/Action Safe, the shortcut is the apostrophe key. Let's explain these grids little bit better. The outer grid is known as Action Safe. This is a grid that says, some TV bezels may cut off as much as this portion of your image. In reality most HDTVs today don't cut off as much, but it's good to be safe. So don't put anything you expect the viewer to see outside of this outer grid.

Arranging the frame

Now that we have all of our elements in this composition, let's arrange this frame a little bit better and maybe create a good ending pose. To do so, again I am going to turn on the Title/Action Safe, the shortcut is the apostrophe key. Let's explain these grids little bit better. The outer grid is known as Action Safe. This is a grid that says, some TV bezels may cut off as much as this portion of your image. In reality most HDTVs today don't cut off as much, but it's good to be safe. So don't put anything you expect the viewer to see outside of this outer grid.

Inset is the Title Safe. This kind of goes back to old days with CRT screens that tended to distort towards the edges. So the idea was to keep your text inside the Title Safe, just to make sure it could be read clearly. Again, this is not an issue on flatscreen TVs. But you are going to find some disc duplicators that still care about obeying these safe areas. So go ahead and make sure you keep your text inside Title Safe anyway. When you're working in a widescreen composition, these inset bars are known as the 4x3 Center Cut, Action, and Title Safe.

A lot of people still have standard definition TVs, and a lot of cable channels and satellite channels are still broadcast in standard def. What many of them do is they just take the height of screen and chop off the left and right sides to create the 4x3 standard def screen. Therefore, you also want to observe the Action and Title safe for the 4x3 inset just to make sure those standard def TVs still see what you intend them to see. With that in mind, let's get these layers arranged a bit better. First off, my video panel is centered and it doesn't need be.

For one thing I need to make room for this dial. So I am going to select the Skater layer, press P for its Position, see if I can get away with scooting it off a bit to the right. I want to see where I have some really interesting Skater action here, like right around here, and I want to make sure that really cool action stays inside the Center Cut Action Safe part of the screen. The most I could cheat them off to the side would then be about that much. But that pushes them off quite a bit. Let's pick one of these grid. Maybe around there or even around say there.

Right around 510, 515 in the X dimension. Okay, let's tame this dial. It's obviously too big. It's in front of the screen, but it's a secondary element. So I want to put it behind the screen. To help visualize and move things more easily, I am going to take advantage of multiple views in 3D. I am going to first set this composition to fit up to 100% so it automatically re-scales the image, depending on how much room I give the Comp panel. Then I will go to 2 Views > Horizontal. I will keep my Right View, Active Camera so that's what I am actually going to see.

And take advantage of this Left View to do some rearranging. For example, let's look at it just from the front, and let's go ahead and take this dial--press S for Scale, P for Position--scale it down a little bit. Maybe--I don't know 75% or so. Let's try that for now. And position it in Y so that is above our floor. So at least that high. I might want it to float off floor a little bit. So let's go ahead and put it up may around here. Now I want to put it off to the side and behind the video wall.

I am going to switch this view to top. Make sure I can see all my layers at once. And to do so, I will just save View, look at all layers, and take my Dial layer and move it back behind the video wall. Now you might find that you have some trouble selecting the dialer. You actually accidentally pick the floor and move it. If you are having that issue, go ahead and lock the Grid Floor and the Radar layers so that you don't move them accidentally.

That will make it much easier to select the dial and move just that. So I am going to drag it off back here in space to where it's behind. Since it's not important to read, I don't need to pay as much attention to the Action on Title Safe. It's just something I want the viewer to see, but not necessarily read. So I am going to pick the layer and position somewhere around, say here, to create a nice balanced layer. Note that you can also scrub the values directly down here in the timeline panel as well, if you want. I might scooch it off a bit more to the side here and pull it a little bit closer forward. Maybe around there.

If I want to, I could even rotate it a little bit. So I am going type Shift+R, give a little bit rotation so that faces me and give a little more jaunty of an angle. There!

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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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