Saturday, 11 April 2015

After Effects CS Getting Started


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After Effects CS Getting Started

1) Start After Effects CS

2) Save Project

Save as “countdown”
Project is saved as countdown.aep

3) Import files

Go to menu bar. Select File/Import/File…
Alternatively,
Assuming that you are using Windows XP, locate the following file: C:\WINDOWS\clock.avi
Or download from here.
Double-click the file name.
Test the movie by playing it.
Close the movie preview window.

4) Time Line Panel

Drag the movie into the Time Line Panel.
A new composition is created.
5) Previewing Composition
Click the Play button in Preview button.
You may not hear the sound.
Go to menu bar. Select Composition/Preview/RAM Preview.

5) Export

We are going to export the object in various formats.
5.1) Export as a movie
5.2) Export as an audio.
5.3) Export as image sequence.

6) Close Project

Go to menu bar. Select File/Close Project.
No need to save your project.

7) Additional exercise

Create a new project “newcountdown” Import all the exported media in step 5 and reconstruct the clock movie.
You may notice that the first two media were not correctly imported.
Press CTRL-Z to undo import.
Perform 3-step import as follows:
1) Import the movie
2) Import the audio
3) Import all images.
Select all images and drag them to Time Line Panel.
In New Composition from selection window, select clock_01.png as dimension reference.
Finally add the audio file.
Export your movie as QuickTime format.

8) Download

Download the QuickTime format here.
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