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Video: Improving consistency

I took advantage of the break between movies to go ahead and preview this composition. Let's see what I looks like so far. (video playing) I am pretty happy with the animation and the elements that I have. However, it could use another level of refinement, and this is where you really earn your money as a motion graphic artist. It's not just saying I've got the camera move done, I've got all the layers there, I must be finished. No, you look at something critically and go, how can I unify the things better? How can I improve for the look of my final piece? In this particular case I'm looking at this end frame, and I really like the subtle lines that Trish created on that video.
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    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 17m 38s
    1. Building the grid floor
      8m 48s
    2. Creating a radar sweep
      5m 13s
    3. Adding lightning
      3m 37s
  3. 14m 18s
    1. Building the video panel
      4m 34s
    2. Using the Block Dissolve effect
      3m 52s
    3. Stylizing the footage
      2m 15s
    4. Duplicating precomps
      3m 37s
  4. 21m 22s
    1. Importing Illustrator files
      5m 47s
    2. Working with paths and masks
      4m 54s
    3. Animating the Stroke effect
      4m 20s
    4. Tinting the event names
      2m 42s
    5. Wiggling the rings
      3m 39s
  5. 33m 35s
    1. Starting a new composition
      1m 48s
    2. Spotting music
      5m 55s
    3. Building the floor
      5m 27s
    4. Adding a video panel
      3m 40s
    5. Creating a reflection
      7m 47s
    6. Adding the dial
      4m 7s
    7. Arranging the frame
      4m 51s
  6. 9m 22s
    1. Setting up the final pose
      4m 28s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      4m 54s
  7. 14m 39s
    1. Adding a text layer
      5m 16s
    2. Using text animation presets
      3m 16s
    3. Customizing the preset
      6m 7s
  8. 6m 56s
    1. Adding a Spot light
      3m 41s
    2. Casting shadows
      3m 15s
  9. 12m 7s
    1. Improving consistency
      2m 43s
    2. Adding a 2D background
      4m 29s
    3. Tying up loose ends
      4m 55s
  10. 20m 37s
    1. Overview of Main Comp 2
      3m 32s
    2. Grouping layers
      4m 39s
    3. Animating the swivel
      9m 2s
    4. Assembling the final comp
      3m 24s
  11. 25m 56s
    1. Adding a transition
      7m 0s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a filmic glow
      4m 0s
    4. Increasing the motion blur
      4m 2s
    5. Retiming a video source
      7m 34s
  12. 13m 4s
    1. Exploring render settings
      2m 48s
    2. Outputting for archiving
      1m 15s
    3. Outputting anamorphic widescreen DV
      1m 57s
    4. Creating a 4:3 center-cut version
      2m 31s
    5. Outputting for web
      2m 23s
    6. Exploring components for editors
      2m 10s
  13. 12m 49s
    1. Creating the inner ring
      5m 19s
    2. Creating the outer ring
      3m 9s
    3. Creating the text ring
      4m 21s

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Watch the Online Video Course After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title
3h 26m Intermediate Apr 10, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012

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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.

The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com library.

Topics include:
  • Building a 3D world
  • Working with layered Illustrator files
  • Synchronizing to music
  • Using text animation presets
  • Rendering strategies
  • Working with widescreen video, including 4:3 center cut and safe area considerations
Subject:
Video
Software:
After Effects
Authors:
Chris Meyer Trish Meyer

Improving consistency

I took advantage of the break between movies to go ahead and preview this composition. Let's see what I looks like so far. (video playing) I am pretty happy with the animation and the elements that I have. However, it could use another level of refinement, and this is where you really earn your money as a motion graphic artist. It's not just saying I've got the camera move done, I've got all the layers there, I must be finished. No, you look at something critically and go, how can I unify the things better? How can I improve for the look of my final piece? In this particular case I'm looking at this end frame, and I really like the subtle lines that Trish created on that video.

However, I am noticing the same lines are much heavier on the floor and stroke is much heavier on the text. I think I'd like to unify the look between all of those. Well, the text is easy. I just select my Dirtboard Devil double layer, go open to the Character panel and scrub down the size of that stroke. 1 is a much more refined look. You could even do to something fractional like 0.5 if you want to. I think I'll pick something in between like maybe 0.8. Yeah, that's a fairly good look. Next, lets' refine the grid floor. And to be able to do this in context, I'm going to use a trick you saw earlier.

You can double-click Grid Floor to open it or press the Shift key to bring up the Comp Mini Navigator and select the Grid Floor layer. Select the grid solid, press F3 to open up its Effects Controls and then lock that Effects Control panel so that when you return to the Main Comp you still have access to its parameters. Now I'll play with smaller Border sizes, and maybe about 2. And now that's getting me much closer to that fine line that's inside the video. You can make the border even smaller or don't overlook this Feather parameter.

It's another way of softening those lines, so they are not quite as hard-edged, and you'll notice that they look very soft in this video. So let's go ahead and try one and one on those. That's an improvement. It's pretty close. That's what two and two looks like. That's an even more subtle line that matches a video. So now I feel that I have my text and my floor better styled to match my video and they all tie-in together much better. Now in fact, I think on that text I'll go ahead and go back down to 0.5, now that I see this very fine outline on the floor, 0.5 or maybe 0.6.

And yeah, I like how that looks.

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