Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Marking the camera's timing


From:

After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

Video: Marking the camera's timing

I have a Camera Move that I'm pleased with using Placeholder layers. I can now start replacing those placeholders with nice framed videos. But before I do so, I'm going to do a little bookkeeping. It's nice to know just exactly what I'm seeing in those other video layers. There's no point trying to find videos that are longer than I need during the course of this move. I might also want to time the actions on those videos to match when those videos are prominently on screen. So the next thing I am going to do is just place some more markers in this composition to remind myself when these videos appear and disappear.
please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title
3h 30m Intermediate Jan 17, 2013

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

This project-oriented course leads you through the creative and technical process of building an opening title sequence from scratch in Adobe After Effects. Author Chris Meyer shows how to pull together numerous skills you've learned in the other After Effects Apprentice courses, from working in 3D space to creating type and shape layers to writing expressions. Along the way, Chris lets you in on the mental process he uses when creating similar spots for real-world clients, while sharing numerous tips that will help broaden your After Effects skills.

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:
  • Animating to music
  • Arranging layers in 3D space
  • Performing time stretches
  • Working with 3D camera tracking
  • Typesetting and animating text
  • Adding effects like drop shadows and motion blur
  • Creating and animating shape layers
  • Building and delivering a broadcast package
Subject:
Video
Software:
After Effects
Authors:
Chris Meyer Trish Meyer

Marking the camera's timing

I have a Camera Move that I'm pleased with using Placeholder layers. I can now start replacing those placeholders with nice framed videos. But before I do so, I'm going to do a little bookkeeping. It's nice to know just exactly what I'm seeing in those other video layers. There's no point trying to find videos that are longer than I need during the course of this move. I might also want to time the actions on those videos to match when those videos are prominently on screen. So the next thing I am going to do is just place some more markers in this composition to remind myself when these videos appear and disappear.

Now we know initially at 101, at this marked beat for the cymbal, none other video layers are visible. On an extended keyboard, I'm going to press Page Down until those videos first start to appear in my 16x9 display. If you don't have an extended keyboard, on the Mac you're going to hold Command and press the left and right arrow keys to go ahead and step forward and backwards one frame at a time. Now even though you're outside the action safe area at this point, you really don't know how the viewer has set up their TV.

Is the bezel cutting off part of the image? Have they changed the zoom setting for their TV, so they will see the full image right up to the very edges of your image area? I'm going to play safe and mark this as the first frame that even just a slightest part of my extra videos are visible. I don't want to mark an individual video layer at this point. I want to put markers for the entire composition. So to do so, I'm going to press F2 to deselect all of the layers in this composition. When no layers are selected, creating a marker will create a marker for the whole composition, not just the layer.

Now in this case, I know I also want to add comments to these markers to remind me which videos are starting and ending. So I'm going to hold the Option key on Mac, Alt key on Windows, press the Asterisk key, now I'll get my composition marker dialog with the common field immediately. I'm going to say E1+E3, Enter. They enter the screen at this point in time. Let's keeping moving along until we see some additional activity, oh, there it's the frame where my bottom video, E2 first becomes visible.

Press F2 again to make sure no layers are selected. Opt+ or Alt+* and say E2, Enter. All right, let's keep moving along here. Up there is my fourth extra video entering the frame right there, F2 to deselect, Opt+ or Alt+*, E4, Enter. Keep moving along and look for, either when the hero appears, or the extra videos disappear. Hero just sneaks into view there.

So I'll create a marker for there, "H", the hero, enters and keep moving along here, and noting when the videos go off screen and I no longer need to worry about them being visible. This is the last useful frame for Extra Video One. So I'll say E1 gone, keep moving along, there's the last frame for E2 before it is gone, move a little further here in time until Extra Video Three, the blue one is gone and finally Extra Video Four is gone.

Now I've marked out all the important parts of my music and the important actions during my Camera Move. I could have entered those comments along my Camera layer as well, but this will make it easier for me to find these markers even if I happen to have scrolled my timeline panel to the point where I can no longer see the Camera layer.

There are currently no FAQs about After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK

Upgrade to View Courses Offline

login

With our new Desktop App, Annual Premium Members can download courses for Internet-free viewing.

Upgrade Now

After upgrading, download Desktop App Here.

Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Start your FREE 10-day trial

Begin learning software, business, and creative skills—anytime,
anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.
lynda.com provides
Unlimited access to over 4,000 courses—more than 100,000 video tutorials
Expert-led instruction
On-the-go learning. Watch from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Switch back and forth as you choose.
Start Your FREE Trial Now
 

A trusted source for knowledge.

 

We provide training to more than 4 million people, and our members tell us that lynda.com helps them stay ahead of software updates, pick up brand-new skills, switch careers, land promotions, and explore new hobbies. What can we help you do?

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.