Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Cropping and resizing shots in After Effects, part of Creating Time-Lapse Movies with Lightroom and LRTimelapse.
- With the composition's built we now just need to get the settings right. There're a bit big for video export so I'm gonna essentially size them down and then crop or scale the images to better fill the frame. Let's start with the first one. Double click to load it and make sure you're viewing a single view from the pop up for one view. Then from Composition choose the Composition Settings. The shortcut is cmd or ctrl + k.
You can now assign preset. There are lots of presets here for different deliverables. Likely, you're going to go with 720 or 1080 if you're delivering high definition video. Once you choose that preset make sure you assign the frame rate that matches your footage. Mine is 23.976 and then click OK. Let's do that one more time. I'll open up this other image and choose Composition, Composition Settings, choose the preset that closely matches, the 1080 one, and assign the correct frame rate and click OK.
Now that both comps are updated it's a good idea to save the project to capture the changes so far. Let's go back to that first image and I'll tell it to fit into the frame. Right now, this image is bigger than the canvas. If I zoom out a little bit, you could see that there. You could set that zoom level with this pop up. It's clear that we have more image than we have screen. Well, what I'd like to do is a slow pull out.
Essentially a zoom. If I twirl this down and look at the transform properties I can adjust the Anchor Point and the Scale. Don't use Position. Anchor Point actually makes a smoother animation and I'll compose that shot. A little bit more mountain there and slightly move it so it's panned to the right, so we get that rock face. Well, two keyframes were added. If I move to the end of the shot I could refine that.
Adjust Scale and move the Anchor Point. A little more sky. And we can set this to Fit. Now, in order to see that it's a good idea to preview the animation. Save your work, File, Save, and then in the preview area tell it to preview at quarter quality and click the RAM Preview button. When you do, After Effects will process the frames and convert it to a low quality movie that you can watch.
The green bar indicates progress as things load. Now, depending upon your processor speed and the amount of RAM you have this can still take a while. Remember, you can choose to skip frames on the preview to drop the quality down or even use the custom pop up to lower the quality further. I'm pretty happy with this, though, and I feel confident enough to render. One last thing I'm gonna do is click on the Scale property though and choose Animation, Keyframe Assistant, Exponential Scale.
What this does is creates a nice curve in the ballistics of the zoom. You can view that by clicking on the graph editor button to see it. Before it was very linear. I'll redo that and you see that it now becomes a curve. Let's do one more image. Twirl it down and look at the Anchor Point and Scale and I'll adjust the Scale properties. Let's shrink this down a bit to see the borders.
Looks pretty good and this shot had a lot of movement on its own. It was a motion slider shot so as I drag through I'll let that update really quick and it looks like there's plenty of movement in this shot without me adding any keyframes so, I'll just leave it as is. Remember, you do have all sorts of Effects including third party ones available in After Effects and you can add those directly to the shot or use an adjustment layer. If you'd like to learn more about color correcting footage in After Effects or your timelapse sequences be sure to check out our After Effects Guru class here on Lynda.com that explores the After Effects workflow and for a good idea on how to use After Effects entirely be sure to check out the essential training series.
- The benefits and challenges of using raw files in time-lapses
- Organizing and renaming images
- Processing in Lightroom
- Using LRTimelapse for advanced workflows
- Reducing flicker
- Assembling movies
- Integrating other Adobe applications