Join Alan Demafiles for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise files, part of After Effects CC 2017 Essential Training: Editors and Post.
- [Instructor] If you have access to the Exercise Files for this course, I recommend that you follow along with me. Inside Exercise Files folder, you'll find the different chapters as well as the source files for each one. Now, when you open up one of the projects, you might find something that looks like this. These color bars indicate that certain footage items are missing, so to re-link those items, let's go over here to our search bar, we'll type in missing, and you'll see After Effects allows us to search for missing effects, missing fonts; in this case we're looking for missing footage.
It'll filter everything out and only show you what's missing, so to make this easier, let's go ahead and click on a footage item. We'll hit Return on the keyboard, and we'll copy that file name, so now when we double-click on that same footage item inside of our dialog box, we can go to the Exercise Files folder and do a search. We'll paste that in there, and you'll see that there it is, we'll click it, and when we open, After Effects will do its best to re-link the rest. In this case, there's a couple of items that weren't re-linked, and most likely they'll be the JPGs that we'll use in this course.
Go ahead and double-click on each one, and in the Exercise Files folder we'll go to Media, Unsplash, and we'll look for each one, so this one's cliffs of insanity, we'll say Open, that will re-link, and we'll do the same for the landscape. And with that done, you should have a properly working source file. There's another item in the Exercise Files folder called text presets, and it's these .SFX files that we'll use later in the course, so to install these into your system, I'm going to refer to the help file at Adobe, and this web page has the file location for where you want to install it if you're on Windows and if you're on Mac, so since I'm on a Mac, I'll target my Documents folder, Adobe, and since we're using After Effects CC (2017), we'll go in there and you'll see User Presets.
We'll copy our SFX files and paste them in here. And lastly, for our premier project, inside of our Exercise Files you'll find one premier project, and we double-click that, we'll see that inside we have a bin for all of our sequences, and these sequences refer back to the chapter and movie that we're currently working on. So with that out of the way, let's go ahead and get started.
- Linking Premiere Pro and After Effects dynamically
- Navigating timeline layers
- Working with keyframes
- Precomping elements
- Animating mask reveals and tracking masks
- Creating elements with shape layers
- Animating shapes and text
- Working with Illustrator files
- Animating a logo
- Creating 3D type extrusions
- Creating a simple camera in Z-space montage
- Keying video with Keylight
- Batch rendering and Dynamic Link rendering
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 07/03/2017. What changed?
A: This update covers changes to the text templates in the April 2017 After Effects update from Adobe.