Introduction to Adobe After Effects
In a lot of ways this program is very similar to Premier Pro. The interface is very recognizable. After setting up the new composition we then imported some files & organised them into folders for Comp & Source Files.
We then proceeded to drop the files onto the timeline where we could organise them into layers, and edit their properties to control their opacity, movement, position, rotation & scale.
- P – Position
- S – Scale
- R – Rotation
- T – Opacity
- D – Duplicate Layer
One of the really cool features we didn’t have in Premier Pro was the Auto-Orient tool. This allowed us to plot the movement of an element & get it to follow the path set out while also maintaining its orientation. However, I did find that it has some limitations. When I applied a drop shadow to my element I found that the shadow was also affected by the Auto-Orient tool & did not behave as if there was a single source of light.
This can be overcome by adding a light source to the composition but this is a feature we have not covered as yet.
Because I had a little experience with Premier Pro from last year & was able to source & place a sound file to add a little realism to the composition.
I also learned that this software is Bitmap based & not Vector based, so the quality of images imported needs to be carefully monitored.