Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Duplicating and reversing a clip to make a loop in After Effects, part of Pictures that Move: Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop, After Effects, Flixel, and Cliplets.
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- Once you've built a shot, it's time to loop it. And you can employ both of the techniques you learned earlier of either creating a cross fade or doing the bounce method. Let's try each. To start, I'm going to work with the bounce method. Let's take a look here at this bridge and we see that our subject is going back and forth on the bridge. Now, as you drag, After Effects adapts the quality and drops it down.
You can limit this by clicking the popup menu here and telling it not to use adaptive resolution. Now as you drag, it might lag a bit, but it stays full quality. Let's zoom in a little bit and take a closer look at our guy on the left. If I hold down the spacebar, I get the hand tool and I could drag to recompose the frame. What I'm gonna do here is get him so he's looking in his camera. So he starts with it down.
That's pretty good. Puts it up to his eye to take a picture and then eventually he'd lower it, but we wanna make that a loop. Let's get it right before he puts it to his eye, right about there. And I can drag the end point to my playhead. If I hold down the shift key, it'll snap. And we can move that down a little bit. Again, shift key snaps things into place, making it easier to be precise.
I'll press the spacebar for play, puts it up to his face. That's pretty good. And let's have that end right there. There we go. Now I have a clip of him looking in the camera, but then it suddenly ends. Let's just select the clip and choose Edit, Duplicate. You see I have a second copy. What I'm gonna do now is stretch this with a negative number.
So if I stretch this so it's reversed, I'll simply say preserve the Out-point but Stretch it -200%. You'll notice now that it ping pongs. He puts the camera up to his face and then he lowers it back down. Well, that's gonna be a perfect loop. If we go to the out-point of this layer by pressing the o key, I'll see the new duration of 04:01.
This is a perfect time to change the Composition Settings to match that new duration. Let's enter in a value of 4:01 and press OK. Now to see our work so far, it's a good idea to go to the Preview panel and click the Ram Preview button. This will load the file in and create the loop. So we'll see how our guy behaves. Let's make sure that this is on looping and we'll invoke a preview.
Puts the camera up and then drops it back down. And we've got a seamless loop. All right. Off to a good start.
- Planning a cinemagraph shot
- Shooting video and time lapses for cinemagraphs
- Combining stills
- Developing a cinemagraph
- Loading image sequences and video
- Creating and refining masks
- Correcting color
- Saving and optimizing GIF images and video
Skill Level Advanced
Design the Web: Animated Loading GIFswith Chris Converse26m 10s Beginner
Photoshop CC Essential Training (2013)with Julieanne Kost14h 58m Beginner
Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentalswith Deke McClelland11h 36m Intermediate
After Effects CC Essential Trainingwith Ian Robinson14h 52m Appropriate for all
Using the exercise files1m 20s
1. What Are Cinemagraphs?
2. Essential Shooting Techniques
3. Developing a Cinemagraph
Bandwidth considerations5m 41s
4. Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop
5. Creating Cinemagraphs with Flixel
6. Creating Cinemagraphs with After Effects
7. Creating Cinemagraphs with Cliplets
8. Optimizing the Images
Next steps1m 30s
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