Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Media Browser, part of After Effects Guru: Color Grading Footage.
- Besides bringing in media from a non-linear editing tool, you can use the Media Browser in After Effects to navigate through projects and hard drives to quickly find things. I've opened up a new project here, and I'll chose Window, Media Browser. This brings up it's own panel. You can now navigate to other material that you might have access to; any connected drives, or things on the network, as well as the ability for team projects which can be shared. Now, I've already downloaded some media to my desktop here, so I'll navigate there.
If there's a particular folder that you want to save access to, you can also do that. You can right click and choose, Add to Favorites, and you'll see that it's stored there as a Favorite. This works well too for any drives or locations that you frequently browse. Let's step into the folder here, and I'll start with folder zero. In this case, I have a hand full of different media types. Right now if I click on the view icon, you see that we're viewing this as a file directory.
As such, all the files show up. I can lasso around clips and if I double click, you see it adds that clip to a project very easily. I can also drag to bring a clip over. If you're accessing things like tapeless media, for example this AVCHD bundle here, if I double click, you'll notice that the view menu adapts. It's possible to browse tapeless media sources, such as Canon Raw, Red Media Bundles, Sony HDV, and others.
This will automatically adjust things so it's formatted correctly. You can now take a look at the different media, and when you double click, it will bring it in. If needed, it might need to install a Codec as well, but you see there that the MTS file was brought into After Effects. So, this makes it easy to browse. Now personally, I find the Media Browser in Premiere Pro to be a little bit higher performance, so if you are comfortable using Premiere Pro, feel free to access it there.
But, this does allow you to support different types of formats, including those that are not bundled into a QuickTime or AVI movie file. This will give you greater flexibility when it comes to browsing projects and importing. You can also take a look at existing projects. For example, if I take a look here and go to one of the folders that we're going to be working with a little later, I can actually choose an After Effects project. And it'll take a moment to connect, but what it'll do is read inside of that After Effects project, and now show me all of the contents.
So if I want to bring a composition in from another project, or grab a piece of footage, all I need to do is click here on the project file. And you see that all of the materials become available. So here's any of those nested comps, as well as folders. I can step in and I'm actually browsing the content there. You'll notice as well, if you twirl these down, it becomes visible. Now in this case, you might be wondering why it's difficult to see things. If this happens, make sure you take a look at the view method that you're doing.
But this will allow you to browse, and then make a selection where you can choose to drag in and import as well.
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- Fixing white balance
- Fixing exposure and tone
- Adjusting color
- Converting to black and white
- Creating a film look
- Adding texture