How to create an opening clip in AfterEffects

So last week I showed you how to reverse a clip in Primiere. That clip was made in AfterEffects, this week I’m going to show you how to make a cool clip utilizing this Adobe Program. AfterEffects can be a pain in the butt sometimes, but it definitely is worth it when you see your results. We’re going to do a very basic tutorial here, just to get your feet wet.

Alright, first off open AfterEffects (obviously). Now, click on “New Compositon” and name your project. For now, just leave the settings as they are.  Now you need a layer for your composition, so go to Layer..then New..then choose Solid. You have the option to name your Solid now and pick a color. Okay, now, go to Layer, New, Text in order to get a Text layer. Your options for the text are going to be on the right. So pick a nice font, color, size, etc., and write something catchy. An example of what your composition should resemble is below.

Okay, now effect time. First, make sure your Text layer is selected. Go to animations…then apply animation presets.  Click on text, then lights and optical (note: you can choose whatever you want really, but this is just is you want to follow along), and I’m going to pick Pulse Exposure. If you don’t like the animation you picked, make sure you Ctz + z or undo the animation, then you can choose a new one.

Alright, now we should render this bad boy, because you see we have a time line at the bottom..much like in Primiere. In order to render, you’re going to want to go to the preview panel and click on the RAM Preview button, noted below with the yellow arrow.

Okay, now that you’ve rendered you want to see how this looks. Click the play button, or the pink button on the above image. To change loop options (if you want the clip replayed), click the light green arrow.

One more cool thing..the Effects option. Go to Effects, Simulation, and let’s choose Foam (note: any effect you choose will be awesome.) Okay, so now you have these blue bubbles on your screen. Your screen should looks as does in the screenshot below.

Okay, render and play. You notice that the bubbles are too small. And you want the directionality of them to change..and the point from which they start. Well..AfterEffects lets you customize ALL of this. Go to you effects controls window and look at all of your options (see image below if you don’t know what this is.)

Alright, so to change the size, find the “Bubbles” dropdown menu and go guessed it. Bubble Size. Find a size to your liking. I chose 1.4, now you can choose how much you want the size to vary. We know Bubbles all aren’t the same sizes! I chose around 1.7. For directionality, you can change how you want your bubbles to appear by clicking Producer, then Produce Orie (orientation). As you can see, there are numerous options you can choose from in order to satisfy your personal taste in foam bubbles. Again render and play.

I only want my clip to be 10 seconds and since I chose 30 when I named my project, I have to trim it. So click on your first layer and drag the time down by clicking on the pink bar and moving it to the correct time. As goes for the other layers. Example image is directly below.

Okay, time to export!  First, I recommend saving it as an after effects file in case you want to change it in the future (a .aep file). Two things you can do here, depending on your plans for the clip. If you aren’t using it for primiere, save it as an .avi. Even if you are in the future, but not yet this will still work and you can import it directly into Primiere after you export it. Or you can use the Adobe Dynamic Link. Open Primiere and create a project unless you’re already working on one and click File, Adobe Dynamic Link, Import AfterEffects Composition. Now search and find it.

Click Ok, then just drag it onto your Primiere work space in the video slot…and of course, render. There you go, simple as that! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and utilize AfterEffects when it comes to your short video to add some pizazz to it! I personally just saved the AfterEffects file as an .avi file though, out of habit.

If you want to see results of this tutorial in action, click here and click on Digital Composition, then How-To Blogs and look at DIY Blog 6.


Tiffany Nebraska

~ by spiffytiffy2009 on February 13, 2010.

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