Communication With Images

Introduction to Adobe After Effects

In a lot of ways this program is very similar to Premier Pro. The interface is very recognizable.comp-settings 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.

Keyboard Shortcuts.

  • 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 auto-orientallowed 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.

 

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