Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know and the exercise files, part of Motion Graphics Loops 02: After Effects Techniques.
- [Voiceover] Within the exercise files you'll find multiple AfterEffects project files. I'll be working in AfterEffects CC 2015, but there are exercise files back-saved as far as CS 6 within that folder. If you're working in a previous version of AfterEffects, the main difference you'll notice is how preview works. Anything from CC 2014 and earlier uses RAM preview, which is changed in CC 2015. Don't fret, it just means some people will be using RAM preview and others the space bar. There's also an assets folder that contains all the elements that are used within the project.
There's an extras folder that has an animation preset I created as part of this project that is yours to use as you see fit, and in that same folder is a PDF document that lists all the expressions I go over throughout this course for easy copy and pasting. Finally, you'll find a Renders folder where we will place any elements we render out from our project file during this course. When you open up the project, you'll find individual folders labeled to correspond with the chapters of this course. Each folder contains compositions that we'll be using for each specific chapter.
In each composition there will be locked and hidden reference layers that you can see if you disable the little shy guy button. Any layer we'll be actually working with won't be locked or hidden, so you can just ignore that shy guy for this course. There's also an assets folder within the project file containing all the elements that make up each and every comp. To get the most out of this course, you should have a basic understanding of Adobe AfterEffects. I'll be referencing key frames, effects, and animations that are already added to the layers in this timeline, so it's helpful to be familiar enough to know what I'm talking about.
Most actions I'll call out while I do them for you to follow along, but I won't be slowing down to explain some frequently performed tasks. Overall, I will be moving at a casual pace while focusing on the techniques specific to this course. If you're viewing this course on a mobile device, a set-top device, or your membership doesn't provide access to the exercise files, that's okay. You can still follow along by watching how I use the files.
- Working with loop expressions
- Looping mash and shape paths
- Combining expressions
- Looping footage with Time Remap
- Looping with effects
- Rendering loops as animated GIFs