Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with action- and title-safe areas, part of After Effects Apprentice: 02 Basic Animation.
If you are creating video to be played back on a television set, you need to…know about the safe areas.…While you are working After Effects shows you the entire video frame all the…way out to the edges;…however, if you play this back on a television screen, the very edge of the…composition will be lost underneath the bezel. Also, unless your viewer has a…flat-screen TV, the outer area might also be distorted.…If you click on the Grids and Guides button, you can turn on the…Title/Action Safe overlay.…
The outer box is action safe, and the inner box is title safe.…The idea is that any important imagery you want the viewer to see should be…placed inside of the action-safe zone, and if you add a title, you might want to…check that it sits inside the title-safe zone.…In this case, I might want to scale it down just a touch to make sure…it's completely safe.…Now you can toggle on and off the title- action-safe zones using the shortcut,…the Apostrophe key. Or you can also press the Option key on Mac, Alt key on…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and working with the Global Performance Cache in After Effects CS6. We have also added exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
Q: This course was updated on 11/07/2016. What changed?
A: We updated eight movies to stay up to date with the latest changes in After Effects CC.