Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Block Dissolve effect, part of After Effects Apprentice: 15 Creating a Sports Opening Title.
In the last movie, we created our Skater comp, added the Skater movie, and then…created a solid and applied the Grid Effect to it.…Now, we'd like to apply a Block Dissolve that will animate on the movie.…We'll apply the Block Dissolve to a separate layer.…We don't want to apply it to the movie itself because we want the…Block Dissolve to exactly line up with the grid, and the grid has a relationship with…the size of the comp, not the size of the movie.…So I am going to apply the Block Dissolve to an Adjustment layer.…
I will select Layer > New > Adjustment layer, and that will create a container layer--…an empty layer at the top of the composition.…Any effects I apply to the adjustment layer will apply to all the layers below.…But to be more accurate, it applies an effect to a copy of a composite…of all the layers below.…The effect I will apply is Effect > Transition > Block Dissolve.…It's the very first transition.…The first parameter, Transition Completion, is what you would use to transition on…
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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