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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.
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Now that Trish has shown you how to build pre-comps with our various components in it, I'm going to show you how to take these components and create some main compositions to build our final promo. I'm going to take a peek at what our goal is here. Our final composition is 10 seconds long, and it looks like I have a division here at the 4-second mark. So I am going to create two different main comps, one that covers the first four seconds of the final, and a second that covers the remaining six seconds of it. I'll close this comp for now, choose my Comps folder, and go to Composition > New Composition.
If you like, you can also click on this Create a New Comp button down the bottom of the project panel. New Comp, I am going to choose the size of NTSC Widescreen Square Pixel, we can always render to an anamorphic pixel format later on. Even though I only need four seconds, I'm going to set a duration of five seconds just to make sure I have a little bit of extra handle, in case we decide to do a transition later between our two final comps. Finally, I'm going to give it a good name such as Main Comp 1.
Since the look of our Final Composition's supposed to be over black, I'm going to change the background color of this comp to black, just by dragging down this way. Note that if you have an earlier version of After Effects, background color actually exists as a separate menu item underneath the Composition menu. In more recent versions, it's part of the Composition Settings dialog. Once you've made these settings, click OK. And this is our blank canvas to assemble our components to make our first comp.
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