In this video, learn how to add extra elements and backgrounds to your scene.
- Hi, it's quick and easy to set up a scene and just as easy to edit the properties of any scene. (upbeat music) Let's go ahead and setup a new scene, I'll show you the different steps. Very simple. So, we're going to go to the scene drop down and click on new scene or control N, if you're on a PC or command N if you're on a Mac, as long as you don't hit any other keys or click, you'll have the opportunity to rename it up here in your project folder.
So we're going to call this scene test because I'm very original. Hit enter to select that. If you want to edit at any time, you simply right click on it and click on rename, just like most other programs, and then you want to double click on it to open it, otherwise your previous scene will be the only one that's showing. To adjust the settings of your scene, as long as the scene name is selected over here in your project window, over on the right under properties you can adjust your frame rate, click and adjust, set your duration, make it longer than you think you want it cause you can always edit that down to what you actually want to export later, and the height and the width, I have this set relatively low just for these training videos, and I actually like to record at 30 frames a second because I'm usually working in video, not in film.
Then we're going to take one of our puppets, let's take our Bob 2D puppet, and I'm going to drag him into our scene window. So often when you import a puppet, the puppet will not be the size that you want, so long as the puppet is selected, you transform, and you scale your puppet up or down, as big or small as you want, and then use your position X which is left and right, and your position Y, which is up and down. So here he is on a black background, I don't have a background.
This means when we go to PNG it will be transparent, but what if you want a white background to be able to see the outline of the character? Well, you can change it right here on the bottom of the scene, but I'm not seeing the buttons, why is that? If your window, if your scene isn't wide enough, you miss some of the tools. So simply make that window bigger and they show up. So now over here, I can change the background color by clicking on it. Every time I click, it will change. Either black, white, or you have the transparency grid.
This one, let's click through to white. The other buttons here if you want to show the mesh of your characters, you can, and the refresh is also very important. This way, if you're posing a character or you make some changes and you want to go back to the default starting pose, click refresh, and then if you're streaming live, this is where you start streaming, and you can zoom in or out of your scene. If I want to make it really small, see the window gets much smaller there.
I tend to keep it at fit cause I scale up and down, I want it to scale with me. So that's all really simple, so let's take a look at one more thing. Make our window a little bit bigger cause I want to background. So let's drag the background in, just like a puppet and the background obliterated my character because it defaults the latest thing you bring in is up on top. I'm going to scale this down and then I'm going to drag my background down below my puppet, and there we go, and then I can set the puppet onto it so if you want to control your puppet, you have to make sure they're selected in order for them to lip sync and the movements to be tracking you.
Whatever layer is selected over here, is the one that's going to be tracked and controlled. There, now I have him standing on my desk. So making changes to your scene is simple. At any time, just, again, click on the scene name and you can make whatever adjustments you want to the size and rate of what you're doing and any changes that you need to make to your scene are never more than just a couple clicks away. (upbeat music)
- Creating a list of production needs
- How the varied styles of animation impact production
- Creating usable digital puppets
- Working with drawn characters, objects, and CG characters
- Adding value to the look of your production
- Exploring various audio recording options
- Organizing files for production, backup, and transport
- Using animation cycles
- Building and editing a scene
- Troubleshooting issues
- Tricks for enhancing your production
- Post-production and delivery
Skill Level Beginner
After Effects Guru: Character Animatorwith Ian Robinson2h 19m Intermediate
2. Puppet Production Issues
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