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Exploring key Render Queue settings


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After Effects CS5 Essential Training

with Chad Perkins

Video: Exploring key Render Queue settings

Let's look a little bit more closely at the Render Queue settings. I'm going to select this main composition here and hit Command+Shift+Question Mark or Command+Shift+Forward Slash, or Ctrl+Shift+Question Mark or Ctrl+Shift+Forward Slash add this to the Render Queue, basically. There are two main settings here. There is the Render Settings area and there is the Output Module area. There is also this Output To and basically what that does is if we click this here that allows us to determine where we're going to save this file and what we're going to call it. So, nothing out of the ordinary there.
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  1. 5m 40s
    1. Introduction
      1m 30s
    2. What is After Effects?
      3m 12s
    3. How to use the exercise files
      58s
  2. 28m 14s
    1. After Effects workflow overview
      2m 18s
    2. Bringing elements into After Effects
      2m 23s
    3. Adding elements to the Timeline
      1m 57s
    4. Working with layers
      3m 45s
    5. Creating animation with presets
      3m 24s
    6. Applying effects
      3m 34s
    7. Creating animation without presets
      5m 38s
    8. Previewing your work
      2m 46s
    9. Exporting content as a movie file
      2m 29s
  3. 27m 20s
    1. Touring the interface
      6m 2s
    2. How After Effects projects work
      4m 47s
    3. What is a composition?
      4m 52s
    4. Tips for adding content to compositions
      2m 49s
    5. Understanding the properties of video
      8m 50s
  4. 57m 8s
    1. Importing an Illustrator file
      4m 57s
    2. Animation basics
      7m 12s
    3. Animating opacity
      6m 40s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      4m 57s
    5. Animating position
      6m 8s
    6. Animating rotation
      4m 41s
    7. Animating scale
      7m 19s
    8. Using the Puppet tool
      7m 13s
    9. Copying and pasting keyframes
      3m 4s
    10. Animation shortcuts
      4m 57s
  5. 9m 42s
    1. Understanding precomposing
      6m 51s
    2. Navigating through compositions quickly
      2m 51s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. A showcase of effects
      2m 34s
    2. Creating a layer for effects
      3m 1s
    3. Applying effects
      4m 54s
    4. Animating effect properties
      4m 29s
    5. Using Glow
      5m 34s
    6. Creating patterns and textures
      6m 57s
    7. Creating a fireball
      7m 9s
    8. Using the Cycore effects
      5m 58s
    9. Adding blur
      5m 45s
    10. Creating a galaxy scene from scratch
      8m 38s
    11. Distorting objects with effects
      4m 7s
    12. Creating and using lens flares
      4m 21s
    13. Creating lightning bolts
      4m 3s
    14. Viewing random variations with Brainstorm
      4m 39s
  7. 30m 52s
    1. Shortening the duration of layers
      4m 23s
    2. Trimming in the Footage panel
      4m 14s
    3. Slowing and accelerating video speed
      7m 9s
    4. Applying video transitions between clips
      6m 7s
    5. Working with image sequences
      4m 47s
    6. Importing footage with an alpha channel
      4m 12s
  8. 36m 11s
    1. Brightening dark footage
      9m 12s
    2. Changing colors in footage
      6m 34s
    3. Creating cinematic color treatments
      8m 17s
    4. Creating a quick vignette
      3m 42s
    5. Colorizing black-and-white objects
      4m 50s
    6. Using adjustment layers
      3m 36s
  9. 21m 9s
    1. Creating and editing text
      7m 39s
    2. Applying text animation presets
      4m 41s
    3. Animating text manually
      4m 43s
    4. Applying layer styles to text
      4m 6s
  10. 28m 58s
    1. Let's get better
      37s
    2. Using work areas
      3m 37s
    3. Creating markers
      6m 17s
    4. Replacing layers
      2m 35s
    5. Mastering Timeline navigation
      3m 18s
    6. Aligning and distributing layers
      3m 4s
    7. Selecting layers quickly
      1m 56s
    8. Cropping layers
      3m 43s
    9. Adjusting comp resolution
      3m 51s
  11. 23m 53s
    1. Using the paint tools
      9m 35s
    2. Using the Roto Brush tool
      9m 25s
    3. Animating growing vines
      4m 53s
  12. 40m 29s
    1. Creating and using masks
      6m 42s
    2. Exploring mask options
      7m 57s
    3. Creating masks with Auto-trace
      6m 51s
    4. Masking objects with other objects
      5m 33s
    5. Making shape layers
      3m 43s
    6. Modifying shape layers
      9m 43s
  13. 30m 44s
    1. Turning 2D layers into 3D layers
      9m 22s
    2. Creating lights and cameras
      6m 14s
    3. Creating shadows
      4m 23s
    4. Using depth of field
      4m 42s
    5. Working with 3D effects
      6m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
    1. Removing a green screen background
      4m 37s
    2. Refining the matte
      4m 48s
    3. Compositing with color adjustments
      4m 50s
    4. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 55s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Understanding spatial interpolation
      2m 5s
    2. Creating and adjusting motion paths
      3m 55s
    3. Orienting moving objects along a path
      1m 29s
    4. Drawing motion with Motion Sketch
      2m 51s
    5. Creating pauses in animation
      3m 6s
    6. Understanding temporal interpolation
      1m 56s
    7. Easing keyframes
      5m 57s
    8. About the Graph Editor
      4m 25s
  16. 12m 13s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      7m 46s
    2. Tracking the motion in footage
      4m 27s
  17. 24m 58s
    1. Setting up parent layers
      5m 49s
    2. Working with null objects
      2m 31s
    3. What are expressions?
      7m 17s
    4. Modifying simple expressions
      2m 20s
    5. Using the wiggle expression
      7m 1s
  18. 6m 52s
    1. Understanding audio in motion graphics
      1m 22s
    2. Previewing and mixing audio
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing audio tracks with effects
      1m 35s
  19. 11m 36s
    1. Adding comps to the Render Queue
      2m 30s
    2. Exploring key Render Queue settings
      4m 11s
    3. How should I export my video?
      4m 55s
  20. 7m 16s
    1. Using Photoshop with After Effects
      2m 10s
    2. Using Illustrator with After Effects
      3m 2s
    3. Using Flash with After Effects
      2m 4s
  21. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

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After Effects CS5 Essential Training
8h 39m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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In After Effects CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins discusses the basic tools, effects, and need-to-know techniques in Adobe After Effects CS5, the professional standard for motion graphics, compositing, and visual effects for video. The course provides an overview of the entire workflow, from import to export, as well as detailed coverage of each stage, including animating text and artwork, adding effects to compositions, working in 3D, and rendering and compressing footage. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the After Effects workflow
  • Precomposing footage
  • Explaining the basics and beyond of animating
  • Creating glows, patterns, textures, and more with effects
  • Color correcting footage
  • Working with text
  • Manipulating video playback speed
  • Masking objects and shape layers
  • Removing backgrounds with keying
  • Compositing multiple pieces of footage
  • Integrating After Effects with the rest of the Creative Suite
Subject:
Video
Software:
After Effects
Author:
Chad Perkins

Exploring key Render Queue settings

Let's look a little bit more closely at the Render Queue settings. I'm going to select this main composition here and hit Command+Shift+Question Mark or Command+Shift+Forward Slash, or Ctrl+Shift+Question Mark or Ctrl+Shift+Forward Slash add this to the Render Queue, basically. There are two main settings here. There is the Render Settings area and there is the Output Module area. There is also this Output To and basically what that does is if we click this here that allows us to determine where we're going to save this file and what we're going to call it. So, nothing out of the ordinary there.

Let's go ahead and first look at the Render Settings. I'm going to go ahead and click Best Settings. This hot text right here will allow us to open up the Render Settings and see the main settings for that here. We have Quality and you'll probably want to leave this at Best. If you take this down to Draft or Wireframe, you're going to have a lower quality result. Resolution, however, is not the same thing as Quality. When it refers to Resolution, it refers to the number of pixels. So, if we say Full, it'll be full. If we say Half, then it'll tell us here that the size of our original comp is 1920x1080.

But if we render the Resolution at Half, then the final output will be 960x540. You can even take this lower if you wanted to, and you can see the original size doesn't change. But the Size we're going to output to, 640x360, does change. For now, I'm just going to leave this set to Full. Now all these other settings are pretty self-explanatory. For example, Effects. We could use the Current Settings, or we could say all effects that are on the layers, even though they might be turned off like these Effects icons. We might have turned them off. We could choose here in the Render Queue to say All of them on or maybe you don't want to render with effects right now.

It'll take too long, so just render All off. So, a lot of these things are for time saving. Let's say you want to just do a test render and maybe you're testing the compression method, which we'll talk about in the next movie, or maybe you're testing something else about the footage. You just want to test the animation like how good the speed of the animation is. You don't care about all the other fluff that's on the video to make it look good. You can play with these settings for that. The reason why I open this dialog box the most is for this, the Time Span. We can choose to render the entire length of the composition or just the Work Area Only.

By default, the Time Span is set to Work Area Only. So, if you do have a shortened work area, be aware that it's only going to render what is in that work area and not the entire composition. This is, again, great for little test renders though. If you just have a sample of your footage, you want to test a compression method, you want to test the way particles look, or something else like that. You can render just a little snippet of it and just to get a sample of what the main project is going to look like. Here we could also set the field render if we want to and set interlaced footage, or if we want to change the frame rate, we can do that here.

I'm just going to go ahead and hit Cancel for now. Also, we could open up the Output Module. This is really where the rubber meets the road. If I click the word Lossless, this will open up the Output Module. This is where we choose a format and a compression method and we're going to talk about that in the next movie. But the one thing that I want to point in this dialog box now is very important, is Audio Output. By default, Audio Output is unchecked. So, if you get everything all perfect, and you're on a deadline, you're about to render it, there is nothing worse than spending hours waiting for something to render.

Then afterwards realizing that it did not render with audio and you've got to do it all over again. That is just agonizing. As you can probably tell from the tone of my voice, I have done that far too many times, but that happens. So, just go ahead and check Audio Output if you want there to be audio in your output, and you could change the sample rate, the bit-depth and whether it's Mono or Stereo here. Also, what type of format and compression you want for your audio here. I might also point out that as you become a more advanced user of After Effects, you might want to get into color management.

You'll find the tab for Color Management here next to the main options in the Output Module settings. So, now that we've talked about the basic settings of the Render Queue, let's dig in a little bit deeper into the Output Module in the next movie, where we're going to talk a little bit about video compression.

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Q: In the "Creating a fireball" movie in Chapter 6, the author showed how to make a fireball. Unfortunately, it all centered around a blob layer that he made without showing how to make a blob layer. How does one go about creating a blob layer like the one used in the video?
A: To create a blob layer, make a shape layer using the Pen tool. Animate the anchor points over time to make it move. These concepts are reviewed in depth in Chapter 4, "Learning to Animate."
Q: In the Chapter 5 video "Understanding precomposing," the exercise file provided does not seem to match up with the file the instructor uses. My file does not include a "Biker Body" layer. Is there an error in the exercise file?
A: Unfortunately, the exercise file originally distributed for this chapter was incorrect. A new file was issued in February 2011. If you downloaded the exercise files prior to then, you can download the corrected file on the Exercise Files tab of the course page.
Q: How do I transition from one piece of animated type to another in After Effects?
A: There isn't an effect that can create these types of transitions. It's really a matter of animating the type and camera, using basic keyframing and positioning.
 
If you understand the basics of moving the anchor point of a type layer, animating the parameters of that layer (Scale, Rotation, Position, etc.) and then separately animating the camera around the type layers, you can achieve different types of transitions.  Check out the following videos for more information:

 
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