Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates .
- As this course has been recorded to cover multiple versions and releases of After Effects, it's a little bit trickier to follow the exercise files when the compositions are normal so let me go through that before we get started. If you do indeed have a premium membership with Lynda.com, you have access to the exercise files which may be downloaded. If you're using a version of After Effect CC that was released from spring 2013 through December 2013. Notice versions 12.0, 12.1 or 12.2, then you'll want to use the After Effects CC updates 12.x project file to follow along with most of the chapters in this course.
If you have updated to the new version that's going to be released in the spring of 2014, you'll want to use the After Effects CC updates project file. It has everything that's in the 12.x version plus additional chapter or chapters covering new features introduced in these newer versions of software. This After Effects missing project is used only for a very special case which we'll cover much later on in the course. The chapter on the NAB 2014 updates does include some movies on premier integration if you have the latest version of premier pro which will also be released in the spring of 2014, here is your premier project to go along with this After Effects project.
Regardless of whether or not you have access to the project files, you'll notice that while I'm working, this list of folders inside the project panel will change from chapter to chapter. Initially this course was recorded with just four folders of different example compositions. As I've added updates to it, you'll notice that the chapters on Lynda.com are called out but the date the date that they were added October 2013, December 2013 and NEB 2014 spring of 2014 and these additional chapters will only appear in those movies that were recorded later.
So don't get hung up so much if your project panel does not look exactly like mine on screen because this has changed over time. If you have access to the project files and it says, for some reason, some of your source material is missing, you can just type, missing into this quick search dialog along the top of the project panel. Look for these that have color bars as their icon, choose one such as Movies, Baseball, double click it, navigate to the exercise file folder that you downloaded, troll open the one called Footage, Sources, movies.
It'll be the same path you see here in the project panel. Sources, movies and double click on the movie with the matching name to the one when you double clicked over here, Baseball.mov. After Effects will automatically fin and relink other missing footage inside that composition. Click on this x next to missing in the quick search dialog and you'll be back to a normal operation. I'm using the standard work space. You can go ahead and reset standard to get this same starting point. The only modification that I've made is that when I do have a time line panel, I do prefer to have this AVs panel on the right side closer to my time line as opposed to it's default position over on the far left.
It's very simple for you to move, just click anywhere in this bar with these icons, drag it all the way to the right and now things such as your video switches will be right next to your time line and you might find it a little bit easier to use After Effects this way. The other change I made is I've gone into my preferences, went to previews and changed my zoom quality to be more accurate. That way I get nice, clean, anti-aliased edges whenever I need to view a (mumbles) at some odd numbers. such as 63.3 instead of a nice clean number such as 100 percent.
I have a smaller monitor to record these videos that's why I have trouble sometimes fitting the entire source on screen. You might also want to reset your preferences just to make sure they're setup exactly the same as me. I'll open up my preferences again. You can reveal your preferences in the finder or if your in Windows in The Explorer. Drag that file out to somewhere safe so that you can go back to that file later on. Restart After Effects and you'll have a clean default set of preferences just to make sure you're at the same starting point as me. You'll also notice that they've added the ability to go ahead and copy your preferences from earlier creative cloud versions of After Effects.
I'll click OK out of this dialog. One chapter of this course covers the wonderful integration between After Effects and CINEMA 4D. It is outside the scope of this course to teach you how to use CINEMA However, since you already have a Commendably subscription, you already have access to a lot of courses on CINEMA inside their online training library. Indeed, I recorded a course on CINEMA and After Effects myself. If you look for me by name on Lynda, go down my list a little bit. You'll see I have a course called CINEMA 4D and After Effects integration.
This covers core concepts of how to effectively use the two programs together so that you can go ahead and tweak your CINEMA renders effectively inside After Effects. However this course was recorded quite awhile ago back in 2010, therefore, the exercise files that are saved with this course are too old to be loaded by the creative cloud version of After Effects, therefore, if you've downloaded the exercise files that goes with the CC updates course, you also have access to a folder called CINEMA 4D After Effects exercise files updated.
Right well I've updated the format of the CINEMA 40 projects to match the file format required by the very first version of After Effects CC 12.0. With all that bookkeeping aside, you're not ready to learn the new features inside After Effects CC or Creative Cloud. You'll find this course is ordered a bit differently inside the online training libraries the newer chapters such as the NAB 2014 updates appear higher in the list, then as you go down the list, you'll go back earlier in time. To December 2013, October 2013 and then the original content that was released back in spring of 2013 to go with After Effects version 12.0.
The very first creative cloud version. You can either jump straight into the update that you need to get up to speed on or if you're migrating from CS six or an earlier version, watch them all to get caught up on all the brand new features that we think are important. And with that, let's dive in with the latest release of After Effects CC.
The September 2013 update brought the new Rigid Mask Tracker, as well as additional ways to scale up footage cleanly, while the highlight of the December 2013 update was the ability to convert parametric shape layers to Bézier paths, and Bézier paths into shape layers. The NAB 2014 update shows off important new integration with Adobe Premiere Pro and Typekit, as well major updates to effects. Smaller yet still important new and enhanced features in each release are also touched on throughout. As always, Chris doesn't just show you where these new features are, but how to apply them to your own projects, along with preferred working practices and potential gotchas.
Note: This course was created and produced by Chris and Trish Meyer. We are honored to host this content in our library.
- Integrating with CINEMA 4D
- Using the Refine Edge tool to fine-tune mattes
- Applying Reverse Stabilization
- Preserving scale while stabilizing
- Working with layer snapping
- Finding missing footage, fonts, and effects