Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a radar sweep, part of After Effects Apprentice: 15 Creating a Sports Opening Title.
I've closed the pre-comp from the previous movie.…The next element we're going to make is this gradient that sweeps around just…underneath the floor.…There's also a subtle lightning effects going on that we're also be adding to this gradient.…So to get started we'll make another pre-comp.…This composition we'll call it Radar and this size for this comp should be 1200x1200.…We arrived at this number through trial and error.…When you are making elements, take a best guess of what size something like this…should be, you can always come back later and resize the comp.…
But in general, always make your elements larger than the final size.…It's usually better to scale them down slightly than have to scale them up,…because they're too small.…The Pixel Aspect Ratio, again, is Square Pixels, 29.97.…The same duration, 10 seconds as the previous comp, but for this background…color let's pick any color except white or black.…Our gradient will be white to black.…So we want to pick a color, just something maybe in the blue range, just so we…
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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