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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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The next client comment was that they really liked the motion blur on the text during these transitions, and they'd like to see even more blur. Okay, how do you go about doing that? Well, the one thing you don't do is try to change it in your Final Comp. You may think you can go up to Composition > Composition Settings > Advanced, and say crank up a ton of blur, click OK. But you will see it really has no effect. The setting for this comp only affects layers animated in this comp.
Now, while it's true that composition settings frame rate would ripple down to all the pre-comps, the Motion Blur settings don't. So you're going to need to tackle this in the pre-comps. So I will cancel out of here. We are looking at Comp 2 right now anyway, so let's bring that one forward. Open up Composition > Composition Settings, go underneath the Advanced tab and work with the Motion Blur settings. Now, we already increased the samples per frame in this comp, but we forgot to make the same setting back in the first comp. We probably want to have similar settings in the two comps to unify our look, and I particularly want to make sure that I have enough samples per frame that I don't scrub particularly as I increase the amount of Shutter Angle.
Let's go ahead and double the Shutter Angle up to 360 degrees. That's twice what a normal film camera would deliver. Don't hit Return or click OK. You'd close this dialog. More recent versions of After Effects have a Live Preview button, so you can see these changes more quickly. So I will click off to accept the value. And there's double the blur where things are really becoming more blurred out. I think that is interesting. I will turn off the preview for before and after. So I think that is more interesting, more indistinct look. Now, I am going to click OK, move to a place such as this rotation of the cube.
I am going to see that this indeed now has introduced quite a bit of blur as well. I am going to check my type to make sure there is no strobing, and there is some faint strobing going on right around here. It may go by so fast no one is ever going to notice. But you can go ahead and be careful by saying Composition Settings > Advanced > Samples Per Frame, and bumping that up just a little bit more. Let's try 40. A little bit smoother. Not quite there yet. Let's try 48.
I am not immediately going to the maximum value because the higher this is, the longer it will take to render. Now, that looks smooth. I don't know how this looks with you viewing a compressed version of this movie, but it looks fine on my uncompressed screen right now. The last tweak to keep in mind is Shutter Phase. In reality, Motion Blur tends to be centered around the current time. The ideal Shutter Phase setting is negative half of your Shutter Angle. My Shutter Angle is 360. I am going to set this to -180.
As soon as I accept that, you will see my blurred characters shift a little bit to indicate a different area and time. This will actually give you a more realistic look particularly around keyframes. So, remember these settings: 360, -180, 48, 128. Go apply the same settings to Main Comp 1. Let's pick an area early on. When there's a heavy text animation going on, Command+K, or Ctrl+K, to open up the Composition Settings > Advanced > 360, -180, 48 for very smooth blur, 128, same number, click OK.
So now we've increased the amount of Motion Blur to an exaggerated amount, so the client will get that overhyped look they seem to be interested in.
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