Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Building the floor, part of After Effects Apprentice: 15 Creating a Sports Opening Title.
Next, let's build the floor in this 3D world we are about to create.…Trish showed you how to make the two elements that will make up our floor:…the Grid Floor layer, as well as the Radar circle layer.…I am going to drag in Radar first. You see it's quite a big layer, and that can…make it a little bit tricky to figure out how to center it in the composition.…If you are having difficulty centering a layer in the comp, just drag it down to…the Timeline panel and it will automatically be centered.…By default, new layers you add to comps start at Time 0.…I want this Radar pre-comp to be part of a floor in the 3D world, so I need to…enable the 3D layer switch for the Radar layer.…
Right now the radar is facing me straight on as if it was a wall.…I need to make it a floor.…So I am going twirl open its transformations and play around with its…Orientation, or Rotation, to get it where I want it to be.…Now normally I use the Orientation parameter to pose the layer in the X, Y, and…Z rotation parameters to animate the layer.…
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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