Join Lee Lanier for an in-depth discussion in this video Combining the shots, part of VFX Techniques: Creating a Laser Battle.
- So, now we have both shots completed,…here's shot two, let's take a look.…Here's my final camera animation,…the keys are basically in the same place…although I did change the interpolation to become bezier.…Here's rotation, as it appears in the graph editor,…still have the dip right here,…Here's scale, and here's position x and y.…Now that both shots are completed,…we can look at them back to back.…That's a better way to judge the quality of the effects.…
After Effects is not really designed to edit,…but you create a new composition, simply drop the shots…in that composition together back to back.…Let's give that a try, Composition + New Composition.…I'll name this file Assembly.…Same resolution and frame rate, the duration I'm gonna make…extra long, in fact you can see here,…124 has been entered previously.…Not only will I combine shot one and two,…but I'm also going to bring in the prior shot…and the later shot, for a total of four shots…to better judge everything together.…
And so the total duration of all four shots…
- Running particle simulations to create beams and sparks
- Altering the beams with distortion, blur, and color effects
- Creating interactive lighting through masking and color grading
- Creating set damage by rotoscoping and integrating matte paintings
- Animating post camera moves
- Matching effects through multiple shots
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Getting Started
2. Running Particle Simulations
3. Assembling a Gun Blast
4. Adding Set Damage
5. Adding a Third Blast
6. Wrapping Up
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