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Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions
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Setting the composition size


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Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions

with Richard Harrington

Video: Setting the composition size

Now that we've properly staged the comps, I need to adjust the size of the composition for output. Now, one of these pictures is very low resolution, so I'm going to have to settle with standard definition, and that's okay for this particular project. I knew that going in. The other picture, much higher res, so I have a little more flexibility in designing the output module. Here we go, Stage 3. I'll just go to the Composition Settings, and I could choose from my Presets. Now, this is a very low-res photo.

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Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions
1h 30m Intermediate Oct 04, 2012

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Have you looked at a photo and wished you were there, or wondered what the scene looked like to the photographer? Now you can bring your photos to life by adding motion and depth to your images. Author Rich Harrington reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The course shows you how to select the right images and resolutions; how to use masks and layers to build the composition in Photoshop; and how to animate the camera and light the scene in After Effects.

Topics include:
  • Understanding parallax
  • Choosing the best photos
  • Identifying planes
  • Using Quick Selection, Quick Mask, and Refine Edge to create layers
  • Adding a 3D camera to your scene
  • Setting the depth and size of your composition
  • Using multiple views
  • Adding depth of field and Bokeh blur
  • Setting ambient and directional light
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics
Software:
After Effects Photoshop
Author:
Richard Harrington

Setting the composition size

Now that we've properly staged the comps, I need to adjust the size of the composition for output. Now, one of these pictures is very low resolution, so I'm going to have to settle with standard definition, and that's okay for this particular project. I knew that going in. The other picture, much higher res, so I have a little more flexibility in designing the output module. Here we go, Stage 3. I'll just go to the Composition Settings, and I could choose from my Presets. Now, this is a very low-res photo.

This is just a small practice image, but I'll stick with NTSC D1 for standard definition broadcast and click OK. That's fine, and this would work for the web as well. In this particular case, we're going to end up scaling up the pixels a bit, but that's all right. It's just a practice image. Our main output here has much higher resolution, so by choosing Composition > Composition Settings, you'll see we have adequate resolution to deliver for HD. I'm going to stick with the 720P, and in this case I'll set the Frame Rate to match what we need, 23.976.

And I can also adjust the Duration of the shot. In talking with the producer, we determined that we needed a 10-second animation, so I might as well set that here. I'll click OK, and it adjusts. Notice it's indicating the cropped area, and you see that it punches in, as opposed to here where we didn't have a high resolution source. You see why it's really important to lobby to get those high-res source materials; otherwise, you end up with gaps or pixel upsampling. I'll just adjust the Comp Settings here real quick, and we'll do a similar Duration of 10 seconds for this project and click OK, and it adjusts the total Duration. These are all set.

I'm just going to save my work to capture the progress, and then we'll come back and animate the camera.

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