Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing footage for backgrounds, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds.
…A lot of times when I'm building motion backgrounds,…I like to use motion footage plates rather than just static images.…However, not every piece of footage will work.…Let's take a look at some footage and give you examples.…In this case, I like this image in that there's a good dark area and…a brighter area for the text and…it's definitely evocative of the cold winter Alaska skyline.…And the subtle motion is quite nice, but…the motion is right in the middle of the screen where the text is likely to go.…
So, in this case, what I tend to do is take my Pan Behind tool and…move my anchor point up here towards the upper left corner.…And now scale it up.…And this allows me to essentially push the motion to the side.…Using the Position property, I can refine the position of this layer.…And now, this background plate is in better shape.…We have subtle motion at the edge and…everything is more focused with a clear area here where the title could go.…It doesn't have to be centered, but I've created a zone here which is ready to…
- The role of backgrounds in video
- Achieving proper color and contrast
- Gathering source material
- Working with gradients
- Filtering and blending backgrounds
- Using patterned tiles
- Shooting background plates
- Stacking and blending footage
- Designing backgrounds with the effects in After Effects
Skill Level Beginner
1. Background Essentials
2. Gathering Source Materials for Backgrounds
3. Working with Gradients
4. Designing Backgrounds with Photo Sources
5. Designing Backgrounds with Video Sources
6. Designing Backgrounds with After Effects
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