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Assembling the final comp

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

Video: Assembling the final comp

We built the first half of our promo and the second half as well. Time to put them together in the final composition. We have started a Final Comp for you that includes a spotted copy of the music; we just need to add our component comps to this Final Comp. So I'll take Main Comp 1, drag it down here to the timeline. You remember that we only need it for four seconds, but we gave ourselves some handle to extend out to five seconds. I notice that its Speaker icon is turned on, and that makes me nervous that I might be doubling up my soundtrack.

Assembling the final comp

We built the first half of our promo and the second half as well. Time to put them together in the final composition. We have started a Final Comp for you that includes a spotted copy of the music; we just need to add our component comps to this Final Comp. So I'll take Main Comp 1, drag it down here to the timeline. You remember that we only need it for four seconds, but we gave ourselves some handle to extend out to five seconds. I notice that its Speaker icon is turned on, and that makes me nervous that I might be doubling up my soundtrack.

However, if I press LL to reveal the waveform, I see no waveform is present. If I press the Shift key to bring up the Comp mini navigator and go back to Main Comp 1, you remember that we set the Guide layer switch for this soundtrack, Layer > Guide layer, which means it only renders in its own comp and doesn't render further down the chain. So we are safe there. I will go back to my Final Comp and drag in Main Comp 2. I don't need to drag it to start later in time since I pre-trimmed Main Comp 2 to add the video exactly in time where I need it to be.

I just need to drag it down here. I do, however, want to do a little bit of trimming around this particular transition point in time. I'll select Main Comp 2, put my current time indicator right at the cut point, press Option on Mac, Alt on Windows, and press the left square bracket to tell that comp to start here, then I'll page up one frame earlier in time, select Main Comp 1, hold Option or Alt and press the right square bracket to end Comp 1 there. So now I have a hard cut between those two layers.

Again, I see that the Speaker icon is turned on for Main Comp 2. I could get it complaisant and say, "I bet it's alright," or press LL and realize, oops. It does have it's audio turned on inside the Pre Comp. So I can either go back to Main Comp 2 and turn SportsBeat into a Guide layer or in the Final Comp, I can just turn off its audio switch and mute the audio from that comp or from both the comps to be extra safe.

Okay, I have got my two comps in place. Let's go ahead and do a RAM preview of the final result and see if we like it. Again, I'll just cross fade straight to the end so you don't have to sit through the entire RAM preview render. (video playing) That's pretty good, I think.

I notice one thing I forgot was I did not reenable Motion Blur on Main Comp 2, [00:02:5493] but that's okay. It will render with Motion Blur, and I can double-check that in my Render Settings. By the way, there is a sidebar at the end of this lesson on render strategies for projects such as this where you might need to deliver in multiple formats, but otherwise, I think we've got something that we can show the client. That means we should be able to take the rest of them right off, right?

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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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