After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title
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Video: Keyframing the camera

So here is my final pose. I then want to use variation in this to create something a bit more jaunty. Now the middle and right mouse buttons the track X, Y and track Z tools work just as expected. However, if I use the left mouse button to get the orbit camera tool, I notice that the Skater kind of spins off the screen way too fast. The reason that's happening is a point of interest is set pretty close to the camera. That's what giving me this exaggerated movement. So in this case, we're going to undo. Press V to return to the Selection tool. Move the point of interest to be more in line with video screen. I will press the Shift key to keep on even keel here.
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  1. 3m 39s
    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

Keyframing the camera

So here is my final pose. I then want to use variation in this to create something a bit more jaunty. Now the middle and right mouse buttons the track X, Y and track Z tools work just as expected. However, if I use the left mouse button to get the orbit camera tool, I notice that the Skater kind of spins off the screen way too fast. The reason that's happening is a point of interest is set pretty close to the camera. That's what giving me this exaggerated movement. So in this case, we're going to undo. Press V to return to the Selection tool. Move the point of interest to be more in line with video screen. I will press the Shift key to keep on even keel here.

Put it right around my video wall. Proceed to go back to Unified Camera tool. And now when I use the Orbit tool, I am getting a much more predictable, controllable pane of my scene. Now undo. Okay, this is my end pose. I am happy with it. Let's pick a good time in the music to end up on this pose. I'll scroll down in the timeline to my music. I see that I have already marked lots of beats, including this major beat here, which is where I might cut to my next video. (music playing) I like where there's a strong beat but also way the sound decays, so that might be nice to use this to ease into a final position.

I will go to my next beat later in time and set keyframes for point of interest and position. Later on I'll ease into those keyframes so the beat seems to trigger a deceleration in the camera move. Okay, let's set the initial pose. Now if I went to home again--because I have the Block Dissolve transition and I am really get to see a lot of the video that makes it harder to frame. I am going to temporarily move a little bit later in time like somewhere around here where I see more of the video wall, set up my pose, then move those keyframes back earlier in time.

You can go ahead work in the After Camera View with your three button mouse, and say, maybe I will left click to orbit a little bit something little jaunty there. Right-click and zoom back a little bit, to get a little bit more of pose like that, middle-click maybe to pull up little bit on the scene, and adjust that way, or you can press V to go to your Selection tool and pull the camera directly in these individual views. And again, if you are having trouble seeing all layers, select one of the views and say, "Look at all layers." Now it's much easier to grab the camera and reposition it the way that you like.

Select this one, look at all layers, the side of camera more face on, more pulled off a little bit more of an angle like that. Or again I can press C to return back to the Camera tools and use those to adjust my view. For example, I will use the right mouse button to zoom further back. The middle-mouse button to pull down a little bit so I have more head room for the camera back to the Selection tool I think I like a view somewhere around there for my beginning pose.

I will select those keyframes, move them back to the very start of comp. Put my ending keyframes. Right-click, Animation Assistant > Easy Ease In. So I will start with a dynamic move and then ease into my final pose. Make sure my Active Camera is selected-- later versions of After Effects tend to always preview your active camera. Makes a life little bit easier. And press zero to cue up a RAM preview. You will take a view seconds to go ahead and calculate this, but I will use this to be able to study my scene in slow motion and see if I am getting the effect I like.

(music playing) That's pretty cool. Let's go back to 1 View so I can see it even bigger, preview that, just having to repreview it. So this is now at full resolution. If you find previews are taking too long, you can hold the shift key then press 0 on the numeric keypad to skip every other frame during a RAM preview. But I will just cut ahead in time to where the preview is done. (music playing) Pretty cool. I am pretty happy with that.

I will press apostrophe to get rid of my Action Title Safe. See that my wall is not quite on a grid line. You can optionally move it forward if you want to. I might pull it forward like that to where it looks a little bit cleaner and nudge it over against looks nice to the grid. Now that I have my frame arranged and a nice camera move in the next chapter, let's add some animated text to this composition.

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