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Delve into the world of motion graphics, keying, and compositing in After Effects CC. In this course, Ian Robinson lays out six foundations for becoming proficient with After Effects, including concepts such as layers, keyframe animation, and working with 3D. To help you get up and running with the program, the course begins with a project-based chapter on creating an animated graphic bumper. Next, explore the role layers play in compositions and find out how to add style to your projects using effects and graphic elements. Last, see how to build 3D objects with CINEMA 4D Lite, as well as stabilize footage, solve for 3D cameras, and paint in graphics with the Reverse Stabilization feature.
So the next step in our work flow is to actually block out our composition and make sure that we have a rough idea as to the animation that we're going to be creating. If you've been paying attention to anything up to this point, I'm sure you realize that layers in compositions have a direct relationship between each other. So, we're actually going to be using these layers to adjust the timing of how these graphics appear. And we're also going to, in essence, build our initial animation for our comp by making adjustments to these layers.
So to get started, let's just go ahead and scrub with our current time indicator just so we can see exactly what's happening here. So we have background video footage with a bunch of graphics over top of that footage. So the first thing I want to actually do is make sure that I have all the graphics in the scene that I think I might need. And as I'm looking at it, I don't. So let's go the Graphics folder. And in here is my H+ Sport logo. I want to add like a station identifier here in the lower right corner. So, let's go ahead and drag that AI Sport file right into the Composition Panel ,and then let go.
Notice this is extraordinarily large, so position it over towards the right side of the screen. And then press s to open up the Scale parameters. You can also just open up the options for layer one. And make sure that you're under the Transform section, and here is Scale. I much prefer using the keyboard shortcut. So I'm just going to press s. And that way I know I'm only looking at the scale. Now I can just click and drag on that parameter to scale it. And notice since the anchor point is in the middle of my h, it's scaling around that anchor point.
Now when you're positioning graphics, if you think it might ever go to air or broadcast. You want to go down here to the lower left portion of the Composition panel. Go ahead and click on that button, and choose Title Action Save. Any text or graphics you want to make sure is inside this second rectangular box. Any graphic elements that you don't want cut off, you want it to be inside this outermost box. These two thinner boxes here are used when you're trying to convert standard def footage into HD footage or the transition back and forth between each.
So sometimes if you know this is going to go to standard def, you want to make sure your graphics are in there as well. But honestly, the ones you need to pay most attention to are just these two outer ones. So let's position it safely within this second rectangle, and then we can go ahead and turn Title and Action Safe off. Now, we have our H+ logo set up. In order to blend it better into the background, I want to change its opacity, so I'm going to press t to open up Opacity, and just drag the opacity for that logo down a little bit.
Let's drag it down to around 38%. Now we have a nice identifier here in the corner. Now, I want to start with clean video footage, so none of the graphics are supposed to be here. They're going to fade in over time. And we'll go ahead and have those fade in with key frames in a little bit but let's look at how our graphics are built. Notice for our background video it's layer 11. If we go to layer ten and toggle its visibility off and on, you can see that's the color layer that we're going to fade in and out.
So I do want that to start here at the beginning of the comp because this is when I want it to actually start its fade. But I don't want any of these swooshes and pluses and any of this other stuff to start until a little bit later. So I'm going to move down to about one second in the timeline, and then I'll go ahead and select all of the Plus layers. So layer seven, and then hold down Shift+Click through layer four. Now with all four of those layers selected, let's go ahead and click and drag on the left side of that layer to move it to my current time indicator.
And if you hold down Shift as it moves, it'll go ahead and snap. So now we've easily trimmed all four of those layers to start at the same point. Now we're going to feed these in all at different times. But I'll give you a technique how to best do that a little later when we get to key framing. Right now we're just trying to block out the appearance of everything. We'll have the pluses fade in, and I want this swoosh to actually wipe across the screen to appear. So I want the swoosh to start at about two seconds. Let's go down to layer nine, and I keep calling it swoosh.
It's, it's labeled the Swoop lines layer. So, if we turn the visibility off and on, you can see that there. And instead of just clicking and dragging, this time I want to use a keyboard shortcut. Let's hold down Opt on the Mac, or Alt on Windows, and then press the left bracket key. As long as layer nine is selected, it will automatically trim that layer. So left bracket will trim the end point, the right bracket will trim the out point. Again, as long as you're hold Alt or Opt. So now if we scrub through, you can see, okay, I've got my colors and then I have my pluses fade in, and then we have the swooshes come in.
Let's go ahead and have the word training fade in, right at about three seconds. So we'll move to three seconds. And we can use the same shortcut command. But, let's go ahead and select layer three and two. And then press Opt or Alt+left bracket. Now we've trimmed the start point of those layers. Now I want all of these graphics pretty much to disappear, by about eight seconds. And then we are going to have another graphic appear telling us what video is coming up next.
Let's move down to about eight seconds here, now let's select most of the layers. Let's start with layer two, and then scroll down and hold down Shift+Click on layer nine. So to trim the out point of all these layers, we'll hold down Opt, and then right bracket or Alt+Right bracket. Now all these layers will disappear and we're just left with a color wash and our logo. And of course we'll add text in a little bit later. But for now, we've built our initial composition. We have our background video, we have our graphics that are going to be appearing, and we have a general sense of the timing when we're ready to introduce Keyframes.
And of course, that is a teaser for the next video that we'll be jumping into, Keyframing.
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