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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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If you remember, in the final animation we actually had three video screens, the Skater, the Glider, and the Windsurfer. Now that we have done all this work with the Skater movie, it's very simple to create duplicate comps for the other two video panels. I will bring the Project panel forward. We've actually provided in the Finished Comps folder, inside the Precomps folder, all the duplicate comps that you will need. For instance, here is the Skater_ finished comp and the Reflection, the Glider and the Glider Reflection, the Windsurfer and the Windsurfer Refection.
But if you are creating these elements with your own footage or just curious how we created these duplicate comps, let me show you how easy that is. I will return to the Skater comp that's in the MyPrecomps folder, and I will duplicate it. You can use the shortcut Command+D on Mac, Ctrl+D on Windows, or use Edit > Duplicate and that creates a duplicate called Skater 2. I will double-click to open it--and this is an exact duplicate of the skater com--and all we really need to do is just replace the skater movie with a different movie.
Now remember, we did apply effects to this. Press E for Effects. We have Cartoon and CC Composite. So we don't want to just delete this layer and add a new movie. We need to replace the Skater movie but retain all the effects. To do that I'll select the Skater layer, and then I'll choose the movie I want to use instead. Let's say, it's going to be the Glider movie. I will select Glider in the Project panel. I will press the Option key on Mac, Alt key on Windows, and drag and drop the Glider movie just anywhere in the comp and it will replace the Skater movie.
I can press E for Effects, and you can see the effects applied. If you are having trouble with this, by the way, and you end up with the Glider movie sitting on top, it might be because your timing is just a little off. Again, select the Skater layer, find the Windsurfer movie. What I mean by that is when you select a layer to replace and you press the Option key--let's say I go back to the Skater--you need to drag and drop, and only after you see it being replaced, you release the Option key. So remember, don't release the Option or Alt key and release the mouse at exactly the same time. Let me undo.
We will go back to the Glider. I will press Command+K and we will rename this. Let's called it MyGlider and click OK. Now of course, at this point you might want to tweak your Cartoon Effect and make any other adjustments, because each piece of footage will look different and will react a little differently to whatever effects you are using. But let's just move on. I can now create another pre-comp in exactly the same way, Command+D to Duplicate, open Skater 2, and this will be called MyWindsurfer, just to differentiate it.
Press the Option or Alt key and drop it in and then release the Option or Alt key. And again, it tweaks the Cartoon Effect or whatever effects you are using. And remember, you can also adjust the layer, resize it, and so on. When you are done, you should have three video panel pre-comps that you can use when assembling the main composition.
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