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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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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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