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Exploring video transitions

From: After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics

Video: Exploring video transitions

Now if you're joining me from the previous video, I made a big deal of the fact that you want the graphic to actually cover up your edit point to build a graphic transition. But with video transitions, you actually have a lot more control, as far as being able to decide exactly where the edit point is created. Now a lot of times when you're building your graphics, you'll create your edits with a rough cut edit, kind of like this. If we go ahead and scrub our playhead in the Timeline here, you can see it's just a jump cut from a wide shot to a close-up shot.

Exploring video transitions

Now if you're joining me from the previous video, I made a big deal of the fact that you want the graphic to actually cover up your edit point to build a graphic transition. But with video transitions, you actually have a lot more control, as far as being able to decide exactly where the edit point is created. Now a lot of times when you're building your graphics, you'll create your edits with a rough cut edit, kind of like this. If we go ahead and scrub our playhead in the Timeline here, you can see it's just a jump cut from a wide shot to a close-up shot.

So what we want to do is just add a transition from one layer to the other layer, and using the transitions under Effects, it's pretty easy to do. So let's go ahead and select our FallsSunrise layer. Go up under Effects and go down to Transition. Down here the one I like to use most often is the Card Wipe, and I'll show you why in just a second. But let's go ahead and choose the Card Wipe, and as you can see, by default it already starts the transition. One of the reasons I love the Card Wipe is the fact that the video footage is actually stuck to each little cube.

It's not a matte that the video footage is keyed into. So when you starts flying the boxes around, the video sliding within each box. Now, this is really great. If we go ahead and click and drag on the Transition Completion, notice that the footage is indeed transforming exactly with each box. Let's look at the third option down here, the Back layer. Notice by default, the Back layer is layer number 2, which is the same layer that we applied the effect to. Well, that's kind of a problem, because if we go ahead and scroll through the transition I'm just going from the one shot I started with to the exact same shot, which is not at all what we're trying to do here.

So, let's move our Completion back here and choose the Back layer to be number 1 Falls Wide. So now when we drag our transition to completion, you notice it's transitioning from the first shot to the second shot. Now hold on a second here. As we move our playhead around, notice I'm looking at the second piece of footage before it ever technically begins in my composition. I just point this out because Card Wipe is ignoring the endpoint of this layer. So when you apply a Card Wipe transition, what you want to do is make sure you make note of where your edit point is supposed to be, and then go ahead and adjust your effect accordingly.

So let me show exactly what I mean. Let's drag the playhead to the edit point. Again, we'll hold Shift so it snaps. And we'll add a composition marker by clicking and dragging and again Shift, and let's just double-click on the marker to rename it Edit. We'll click OK. Now I know that that is the point of the composition where I want my edit to actually happen. Now if I go ahead and drag the endpoint of layer 1 forwards, now when I move through the Timeline, even if I go back and select my FallsSunrise under my Effects Control and adjust the transition, notice I'm not seeing anything, and that's because the transition was applied to layer 2.

So it gets a little confusing, but basically what I'm saying is drag whichever layer has the effect applied all the way to the top. And then the other layer, sure, you can have it in a wherever you want in the Timeline, and you can even turn it off, but as long as it selected in the transition, when you go ahead and complete your transition you will see that footage on the back of your transition. Notice I didn't delete it out of the Timeline, again, because I need it to be in the Timeline to reference within the effect itself.

If we drag our playhead now, notice, well even though layer 2 exists, I'm missing the transition. I like to turn this back on. Let's see what happens as we go ahead and drag. Well, I still have a jump, and that's because the effect is still applied to layer 1. So what we need to do is just extend layer 1 out in our Timeline, and in that way we can still control the transition through the Transition Completion. Again, I'm seeing the footage through here, because I turn the visibility of the wide shot back on so let's turn that off.

So now instead of the footage telling us where the transition is, we have our comp marker, and all we have to do is just time out our transition accordingly. So let's move our playhead forward in the Timeline so we can determine where we want our transition to start-- we can go ahead and move that back to 0-- and create our first keyframe, and then let's move our playhead to the other side of the edit and have the Transition Completion go all the way to 100%. Now, I know that I have my transition animated with the Card Wipe nicely applied and edited right here in my composition.

So as you can see, using the Card Wipe transition seems relatively easy, and it is; you just need to pay attention to exactly which layer is the highest in the layer hierarchy and then really control the edit point by making your comp marker and adjusting your transition accordingly.

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After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics

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  1. 3m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
    3. Defining motion graphics
      1m 32s
  2. 11m 11s
    1. Workflow for creating motion graphics
      5m 7s
    2. Organizing projects for motion graphics
      4m 25s
    3. Defining a motion graphics "package"
      1m 39s
  3. 12m 58s
    1. Collecting visual inspiration
      2m 14s
    2. Listening to imagine
      3m 20s
    3. Creating elements for inspiration
      7m 24s
  4. 33m 4s
    1. Essential theories of typography
      6m 34s
    2. Understanding shortcuts for setting type in AE
      7m 27s
    3. Converting type from Photoshop
      5m 51s
    4. Importing type from illustrator
      9m 44s
    5. Creating shapes from text
      3m 28s
  5. 36m 30s
    1. Understanding the role of timing in motion graphics
      8m 1s
    2. Creating and using markers
      7m 58s
    3. Creating animation with markers
      5m 16s
    4. Using audio to create animated graphics
      5m 47s
    5. Editing techniques for graphics and video
      9m 28s
  6. 49m 27s
    1. Understanding different kinds of type in After Effects
      15m 53s
    2. Using animators with type
      7m 59s
    3. Using type presets
      7m 35s
    4. Creating custom type presets
      4m 35s
    5. Animating paragraph type
      13m 25s
  7. 45m 51s
    1. Exploring the use of color in motion graphics
      10m 40s
    2. Creating and using color palettes
      13m 45s
    3. Exploring color correction tools in AE
      6m 46s
    4. Advanced correction with Color Finesse
      8m 30s
    5. Creating custom color presets
      6m 10s
  8. 59m 6s
    1. Exploring textures in motion graphics
      8m 30s
    2. Building an animated background texture
      16m 48s
    3. Creating textures for type
      10m 19s
    4. Animating seamless textures
      15m 1s
    5. Creating custom vignettes
      8m 28s
  9. 38m 25s
    1. Understanding lighting in After Effects
      12m 57s
    2. Intro to lighting techniques
      5m 17s
    3. Using material settings to enhance lighting
      7m 36s
    4. Adding polish to a light setup
      12m 35s
  10. 50m 32s
    1. Animating swoops and swooshes
      12m 37s
    2. Creating repeating light trails with the Vegas effect
      6m 28s
    3. Repeating patterns with shape layers
      8m 11s
    4. Exploring graphic transitions
      10m 37s
    5. Exploring video transitions
      5m 16s
    6. Adding dynamic elements to a video transition
      7m 23s
  11. 22m 23s
    1. Working in 3D
      8m 36s
    2. Rigging cameras for animation
      8m 45s
    3. Working with depth of field
      5m 2s
  12. 50m 54s
    1. Creating storyboards in After Effects
      10m 20s
    2. Creating an animatic
      18m 14s
    3. Polishing the animation and timing
      8m 45s
    4. Applying the final effects
      13m 35s
  13. 47m 53s
    1. Preparing a map for animation
      7m 59s
    2. Animating and styling a map
      8m 24s
    3. Designing a lower-third graphic
      8m 22s
    4. Adding animation to the lower-third graphic
      9m 10s
    5. Creating bumper animations
      13m 58s
  14. 14m 17s
    1. Defining the toolkit
      2m 2s
    2. Preparing templates
      7m 12s
    3. Creating a style guide
      5m 3s
  15. 1m 3s
    1. Next Steps
      1m 3s

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