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After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title
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Replacing the hero's placeholder


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After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

Video: Replacing the hero's placeholder

Okay, here is the payoff and the reason we created placeholders first. Go back to your project panel, select the Hero + Tile comp you've been creating, bring forward your Final Comp, select that Hero shot that is currently just a solid placeholder, then hold Cmd+Opt on Mac or Ctrl+Alt on Windows and press the forward slash key, that replaces the selected layer in the timeline with the selected layer in the project panel. And you'll see that the yellow layer has been replaced with our end video and title.

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After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title
3h 30m Intermediate Jan 17, 2013

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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
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics Visual Effects
Software:
After Effects
Authors:
Chris Meyer Trish Meyer

Replacing the hero's placeholder

Okay, here is the payoff and the reason we created placeholders first. Go back to your project panel, select the Hero + Tile comp you've been creating, bring forward your Final Comp, select that Hero shot that is currently just a solid placeholder, then hold Cmd+Opt on Mac or Ctrl+Alt on Windows and press the forward slash key, that replaces the selected layer in the timeline with the selected layer in the project panel. And you'll see that the yellow layer has been replaced with our end video and title.

If I drag my current time indicator through here, you'll see it's picked up the camera's animation and we land perfectly centered on that piece of video. I think I'll just do a quick RAM preview here, B to start my work area before the Hero enters and to end it just after that, I'll keep a RAM preview and I might jump a little bit forward in time so you don't have to watch this whole render, we'll just see when it's done. (music playing) Pretty nice and if you want to see it in full resolution, I'll go to 1 View, preview again.

(music playing) Okay, it's coming together nicely. Now that we have one video done, we can turn our attention to the other supporting videos. Before you go any further, I would save your work again, or even better, I would go to File>Increment and Save just to start a brand new version number so that if you want to go back in time after you've completed this move, you can do that without having to undo a bunch of work.

It'll increment the name of my project to number two.

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