Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Tying up loose ends, part of After Effects Apprentice: 15 Creating a Sports Opening Title.
Okay, time to do some final polishing to this composition so we can move on to the next comp.…One thing I am not paying attention to at all is the timing of this…lightning versus the soundtrack.…Notice that nothing is present early on, but I remember that my soundtrack…started with a sound of thunder. (music playing)…So it would be really good if I had a lightning bolt hit while that thunder is rolling out.…So let's go ahead and click on the Background layer and start scrubbing it until…we get a little bit of illumination to start this frame.…
Now one option could be starting with this low bolt going across the scene.…So that's an option. Let's go and hear that with the music. Click RAM Preview.…So I go in a couple of frames here and hit the spacebar.…I like that a lot. I think that has lot of potential.…I am going to go head and mark that as one option for where you align lightning.…But let's go ahead and look for some other possibilities as well.…I might go ahead and wait 'til we have a really big strike like this one come…
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.
- Building a 3D world
- Working with layered Illustrator files
- Synchronizing to music
- Using text animation presets
- Rendering strategies
- Working with widescreen video, including 4:3 center cut and safe area considerations
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Floor
2. The Video Wall
3. The Dial
4. Creating the Main Composition
5. The Camera Move
6. Creating a Title
7. Lighting and Shadows
8. Further Polish
9. Finishing the Comps
10. Client Changes
11. Render Strategies
12. Bonus: Creating the Ring inside After Effects
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