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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.
So, our project is looking good. It's pretty much done. Now we need to take all these layers and animation that we've created and spit this out into a video format that everyone else can watch. Because if just have this After Effects project we pass around the office, most people aren't going to be able to watch it if they don't have After Effects. So, let's say we wanted to put this ad on the web. So, I am going to select this composition. You can tell it selected by the yellow outline around it. Go to the Composition menu at the top of the screen and select Add to Render Queue.
Alternatively, you could choose Make Movie, but I want to tell you about the Render Queue really quickly. This Render Queue panel, this is where all the magic happens when you are spitting out your video when you are done, and you are outputting. This is where you go. This is a fairly complex system, because if we click on these hypertext - basically this gold text with the dotted underline - this will open up the Settings. So, there is the Render Settings, and then there is the Output Module. We could choose our formats from the Format dropdown.
You could see we could output this for the web. Let's say we are going make an FLV, which is Flash video. Now let's say FLV, click OK, and we want to make sure we'll check Audio Output to turn on the audio. And then we could click this Output To to determine where we are going to save this. And then once we are ready, we can click the Render button. And it will take a little while to render. And once it's done, you'll hear a cute little chime, and your video will be done and rendered. Now as we'll learn about throughout this training series, the Render Queue will allow you to actually create a queue. Let's say you wanted to create a high quality version of this for television and maybe a lower quality version of this or a smaller version of this for the web.
You could actually set up multiple tasks for the render queue, hence the name Render Queue, and it will actually render one after another. So, that is our project. That is how you get from point A to point B. You bring in objects into to your Project panel, add them to a composition, adjust them in the Timeline panel in a variety of ways, including adding Effects, and then you output them via the Render Queue. Now in the next chapter, we are going to look at a few foundational concepts that you are going to need before really sinking your teeth into After Effects, and then we are going to do the animation a little bit more, explain that in more detail and really start getting into the fun aspects of After Effects.
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