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Outputting for web

From: After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title

Video: Outputting for web

Finally, your client may ask you for a small web version, such as half size, particularly with high-def video. It's very common to deliver 960 wide, rather than a 1920 wide final render. So from the Output Module there, After Effects gives you several different options: Flash video, the newer flavor of it, that's based on the H.264 Codec or H.264 itself. H.264 has become a very common web format, but again, check with your client, see what they want.

Outputting for web

Finally, your client may ask you for a small web version, such as half size, particularly with high-def video. It's very common to deliver 960 wide, rather than a 1920 wide final render. So from the Output Module there, After Effects gives you several different options: Flash video, the newer flavor of it, that's based on the H.264 Codec or H.264 itself. H.264 has become a very common web format, but again, check with your client, see what they want.

Depending on which variant you choose, After Effects does provide some additional format options for the Encoder. I'll cancel out of there. If your client is asking for say a half-size video, again, this is where the Resize dialog comes in handy. In this case I kept Lock Aspects Ratio on, and I set up half of the dimensions for the Width, and automatically I was given half dimensions for the Height. Just your client may ask you for different target size depending on the layout of, say, the web page. Maybe there are columns or say 620 pixels across. By keeping the Lock Aspect on, well, may think will give you the correct height.

If I want the full size, I don't crop. However, if you are creating web, then here is something to keep in mind. It is assumed that television bezels crop off the sounds action safe area, 5% on the left, right, top, and bottom. If you don't crop video and deliver it for the web, the viewer is actually going to see more content than they would have on television. That could be good. That could be bad. There could be some gunk there from bad transfer, things you expect to be hidden by the TV bezel, et cetera.

It's usually not a bad idea to also go ahead and crop at least a couple percent, if not 5% from all these dimensions to replicate on the web the same experience someone is going to see on TV. On the other hand, if you're making this for web only, don't crop and show the full composition. After Effects is angry with me because I have been playing with numbers and I have created settings that are not compatible with the VP6 codec, and it isn't even telling me how to correct that. I will Cancel anyway.

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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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