Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding lightning, part of After Effects Apprentice: 15 Creating a Sports Opening Title.
In the last movie, you made this animated gradient. In this movie, we will add…some more interest by compositing a lightning movie on top of this layer.…In the Sources, twirl down Movies. You're going to be using the…Curly Lightning.mov from Artbeats.…What I am most interested in are the white lines and a little less of the blue smoke.…So we'll need to color correct this so we're not adding too much blue.…
If you remember the final animation, it has more of a golden orange tint, and the…floor is fairly neutral, something like a warm gray.…So I will return to my Composition and add the movie to the comp.…Now you will notice the movie is only at D1 size, so it's not filling my 1200 square comp.…We can fix that by selecting Layer > Transform > Fit to Comp.…If I press S for Scale, you can see I am scaling the layer by a large amount.…
I wouldn't normally do this if this was a real job and not a tutorial. I would have…the client buy the high-def footage so that we wouldn't be blowing out pixels.…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Building a 3D world
- Working with layered Illustrator files
- Synchronizing to music
- Using text animation presets
- Rendering strategies
- Working with widescreen video, including 4:3 center cut and safe area considerations
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Floor
2. The Video Wall
3. The Dial
4. Creating the Main Composition
5. The Camera Move
6. Creating a Title
7. Lighting and Shadows
8. Further Polish
9. Finishing the Comps
10. Client Changes
11. Render Strategies
12. Bonus: Creating the Ring inside After Effects
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