Join Andy Needham for an in-depth discussion in this video Retime the app animation, part of Compositing a Cell Phone in After Effects.
- [Voiceover] The first task we have is to match…our live action plate to the animated sequence.…Our goal is to get the action on the screen…to sync up with the animation we created…in the Mo Graph techniques course…on animating an app interface.…We'll start by bringing in that project into After Effects.…By importing the project, we can have complete control…over repositioning the key frames to get the best results…as opposed to simply retiming a pre-rendered animation.…So I'm gonna choose file, import,…and we'll navigate to the file in the exercise files.…
And it's the 02_01_aep,…After Effects Project.…And that will bring it in into a folder.…And we'll just rename that to be…App Animation.…And what we're going to do is find the output folder…and this active detracker sequence comp.…Then I'm gonna open up the phone comp here…and we'll drag this in.…And this will be way too big.…So we're gonna scale it down to about 35%.…And I'm just gonna bring it over to the left…so I can see side by side the action on the screen.…
Here, Andy Needham shows how to take the app mockup created in the companion course, After Effects: Creating a Mobile App Interface, and composite it into live-action footage of a smartphone. The final product is an animated promo video that helps visualize how the app will be used on a real device. Andy also covers storyboarding, tracking, keying, color correction, and a few audio tips. By the end of the course, you'll have more experience with the screen replacement workflow in After Effects and have a web-ready deliverable ready to share with the world.
- Planning with a storyboard
- Filming the phone
- Importing the live-action footage in After Effects
- Retiming the animation
- Tracking the shot in mocha AE
- Keying the screen with Keylight
- Adding an animated logo
- Rendering the shot
- Color correcting the composite