This video helps you understand how and why to create a motion graphic template file.
- [Instructor] The lower third that we're creating here, which encourages people to visit a website, monstrz.club/UK, would potentially need to be repurposed for other countries and regions. Rather than having it so you have to create a different one for each of those regions, what we can do in a Creative Cloud workflow is use something called a Motion Graphics template or something called Dynamic Link, and we'll discuss that in the next movie.
Now, if you're in an earlier version of After Effects before CC 2017, then you might want to just watch this just for information only, or you can skip ahead to the movies on Dynamic Link, because they'll be more appropriate for you. But we're going to make this as a motion template, and then you will see in a later chapter just how much power that actually gives us. To create that, what you need to do is go to the Window menu, and then you'll find Essential Graphics just here, which is an absolute boon for designers, actually.
It makes our job a lot easier if we don't want to become full on editors, but we want to be able to do the things I discussed at the beginning of the course, this is a real bonus for us, makes doing things really simple. What we need to do here, first of all, is to select a composition. If I click my down arrow just there, in the drop down here, you can see that it shows me all of the compositions that I have. We have been working on the MonstrzL3 composition in this chapter, so I'm going to choose that.
What it will then do is pretty much nothing to start off with, but it will say Solo Supported Properties. Now, look at the timeline down beneath, and if I click that, it will show me on each of the layers the things that have supported properties by Essential Graphics, and they are things that you can change inside of Premiere, and honestly, this is absolutely awesome. What I want to do here is I'm going to drag Source Text from the timeline that's associated with our text layer into the Essential Graphics panel, and you'll see it there it says Source Text Visit monstrz.club/UK.
I'm going to change this to a web URL, because that would have meaning to somebody who was working on it in Premiere. Let's do one more. Let's go down a bit further if you will, down to the Cards precomp there, and let's drag maybe the Color property in from that, so that's associated with the Outer Glow just there, and let's drag the Size property in as well, and we'll call those cards Glow and Glow Size or cardsGlowSize, respectively, like so, so there are things that are easy, and we can do other things with that, but for now, these will do just fine.
Then just take the playhead to somewhere that you like the look of the composition as it is at the moment, and choose Set Poster Frame. You can see that is the Poster Frame that will be associated with this in the panels that you can see it in. Next, we click Export Motion Graphics Template down at the bottom, and it will tell us that we need to Save our project, which we do, so do that. Then it will ask you where the template is going to go.
Now, Essential Graphics drops it into the Essential Graphics panel. But we can also save it to our local drive, if you want to keep it in on there, that's fine. Or you can add it to a Creative Cloud Library, which is really smart, because that means if you've got multiple people working on different aspects of the same project, they would have access to this at exactly the same time. I'm going to choose my Monstrz Library here.
You might not have such a library just at the moment, don't worry if you haven't, you can always just save it to the Essential Graphics panel, or the local drive for the time being, then come back and drop it into a Library later. But choose Monstrz just there and hit OK, or I'll choose Monstrz, yours, of course, may be going somewhere else. If I go to my Libraries just here, you can see, there it is. It's called Untitled here, I'm just going to call this Monstrz lower third just there, so it's really clear to everybody what that is.
Then that will synchronize with Creative Cloud, and if the Library is shared with others, they'll have access to it. That's the awesome Essential Graphics Motion Graphics Template, or MGT, as you'll hear it referred to. In the next movie, we're going to look at Adobe Dynamic Link.
- Basic terminology
- Importing files from Photoshop and Illustrator into After Effects
- Creating a lower third in After Effects
- Creating a new project in Adobe Premiere
- Working with sound and Audition
- Multitrack editing
- Remixing time
- Navigating the Adobe Audition interface
- Adobe Media Encoder
- Making a short social movie