Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up, part of After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title.
- [Instructor] I will be using After Effect CS6 for this exercise. However, you can perform most of the actions in CS5 or 5.5 and we've provided exercise files for all three versions. Indeed, if you have access to the exercise files open up aeafinalproject3e.aep. The 3E indicates it goes with the third edition of the After Effects apprentice book. If you have access to that book instead go ahead and open up its lesson12.aep. Set your workspace to Standard and go ahead and reset Standard to make sure you're back to the same panel arrangement we have.
To optimize things a little bit I'm going to close up the bottom of my preview panel since I don't need access to those options. I will keep the bottom of Info open because I will want to see some of the information here, but I'm going to drag my audio panel down to the middle of Affects and Presets just to create some more space for it. We're going to assume that you're working through this movies in a linear fashion but if you jump in the middle we do have a folder called Intermediate Comps which includes compositions at different stages of this process. Early on in particular we'll be calling out which one you can jump to but it should be obvious later on which comp you can open up if you just want to watch a certain set of movies from this course.
Also, we've saved a folder of idea corner comps which include some additional ideas you can use to take this particular project up to the next level and also a set of finished compositions that show the final project. This will vary a little bit from what you're creating here 'cause I make some different decisions along the way of exactly where to put the camera, exactly how to draw a shape layer. But it will still give you a very good idea of how things should eventually end up. Finally, the book files are almost identical to this video courses files. The only difference is that the final comp I see has a slightly more sophisticated light than we created in this course and we did not bother to create in the book.
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.
- Animating to music
- Arranging layers in 3D space
- Performing time stretches
- Working with 3D camera tracking
- Typesetting and animating text
- Adding effects like drop shadows and motion blur
- Creating and animating shape layers
- Building and delivering a broadcast package