Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Looping footage, part of After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control.
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Some stock footage or other animations are designed to loop automatically.…If you place them end-to-end in a timeline, those ends will join together…seamlessly and the animation will appear to go on forever.…For example, if I change View > Loop to be on for this movie and press Play,…you'll see it goes through this animation of the clock going around and watching…the hour hanging towards the top, and as we get near the end of the timeline here, …this will hitch as the movie loads, but otherwise it is perfectly seamless…and will continue going through the same animation. Click Stop.…
Back in After Effects, I am going to go ahead and clean up my display by…choosing Close All from the Composition panel.…And I am going to import that source we were just looking at.…Select Sources. Do Command+I or Ctrl+I to import a file.…Navigate to my Exercise Files > Sources > Movies and choose that…Clock+Skyline movie, and Open.…Drag this to my New Composition icon.…It makes the comp exactly same length as my movie.…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- Sliding and trimming
- Slip-editing and insert-editing layers
- Employing blending modes to enhance layers and composites
- Applying, modifying, and saving animation presets and layer styles
- Using adjustment layers to affect multiple layers
- Experimenting with effects using Brainstorm
- Understanding pixel aspect ratios