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This course pulls together the skills you've been learning in the previous After Effects Apprentice installments to create a real-world video promo. Trish leads you through building the artwork and components used in the final piece, and then Chris shows how to assemble these precompositions into a 3D world, timed to music. Along the way, Trish and Chris also share their thoughts as they design a video project, including unifying the overall look and handling change requests from clients.
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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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