- Simple After Effects Ideas for Movie Editors
- Over 7 hours of free coaching from Pink Big
- Understanding After Effects Expressions and Scripts
After Effects is a type of purposes that’s important for editors to study to make use of, even when it’s simply to do one or two easy issues.
Typically because of the obvious complexity of what could be achieved in it, or the necessity for studying a number of new paradigms, it may be a type of apps you inform your self “I’ll get around to later”.
However you don’t have to know find out how to make complicated animations in it to get began. As an alternative concentrate on with the ability to do easy animated decrease thirds, higher wanting inexperienced-display composites or different issues, as cause sufficient to get began with it.
On this publish I’ve introduced collectively a number of actually helpful tutorials overlaying a variety of subjects and a few useful freebies too, that will help you deepen your information of the appliance, no matter the place you’re ranging from.
You’ll be able to take a look at the earlier 6 instalments of this collection right here.
Simple After Effects Ideas
No matter the place your expertise in After Effects finally find yourself, studying a couple of foundational issues about design – format, typography, color and so on. is essential for making one thing that may look good.
On the very starting of this collection I shared an outstanding tutorial collection from Division05 (test it out right here in Part 1) which teaches a number of invaluable insights on design, which is nicely value a watch.
On this opening tutorial from Sergey of Ukra Media you possibly can watch him stroll by way of making a easy decrease third.
The good thing about these sort of ‘over the shoulder’ tutorials is that you simply get a bit extra depth on why he’s doing what he’s doing, in addition to seeing roughly how lengthy it takes to re-create the ultimate animation.
Part 2 additionally has some extra introductory tutorials on creating decrease thirds, compositing and parallax results.
On this nice article from Jason Boone for Body.io you possibly can learn your means via a easy design basis for creating ‘lower thirds that don’t suck’.
To cite the article: “Listed here are some issues to keep away from when creating decrease thirds in order that they don’t suck:
- Random fonts that don’t match some other facet of the movie or video
- Poor distinction between the decrease third and the background
- Random color scheme
- Poor placement on the display (e.g. masking an individual’s mouth in an in depth-up; hugging too near the display’s edge; and so forth.)
- Distracting animation or graphics“
For a brush up on kerning vs main and monitoring this submit on Rocketstock.com’s weblog is a fast learn.
Working with Keyframes in After Effects
Typically it’s the little issues that make the most important distinction and that is very true of keyframes in After Effects.
Jason Boone (this time for Premiumbeat.com) shares some insights on understanding keyframe interpolation in After Effects, which transforms the best way your animation appears. It’s also possible to learn your approach via the video tutorial by way of this supporting weblog publish.
An necessary a part of working with keyframes in After Effects is utilizing the keyframe editor, which is a separate panel for working with them somewhat extra intently. This official tutorial from Adobe explains all of it.
Part 1 additionally has some extra assets on understanding key body interpolation and easy expressions to make your shifting belongings look higher, plus extra free stuff! Make sure you watch the tutorial from Movement Array (underneath the interpolation gif) for an extremely easy trick that makes every part look higher!
Aside from keyframes, studying find out how to animate masks might be the subsequent most helpful factor to know. You possibly can cover issues, obfuscate issues, make issues seem.
This submit from Jason Boone (him once more!) on Body.io explains how one can get began with masks and do fast and straightforward textual content and graphic reveals.
Professional tip: to completely place the ellipse masks, activate the grid show after which go to View > Snap to Grid. Now you’ll have a a lot simpler time manipulating your masks.
This submit from Todd Blankenship on Rocketstock.com shares some fast recommendations on re-creating this type of clean blurred/zoom transition typically referred to as a vensition.
There are a few tutorials on how one can make this impact your self or you possibly can pay a couple of bucks and get a customisable preset on the backside of the publish – which might be nicely value it for the period of time it is going to prevent!
After Effects Freebies for Editors
Tim Thiessen shares a fast video for Ukra Media on methods to get a free bounce and overshoot preset, as a dockable script, that you simply put within the Scripts UI folder.
Obtain it for free right here, for quicker animating with customisable sliders.
Equally Mamoworld has a free software referred to as Squash and Stretch. Vincent from Artistic Dojo talks you thru the way to use it right here, permitting you to create natural animations with ease.
This plugin additionally comes with 91 free sound results, so nicely value grabbing it, even should you don’t use the device!
You possibly can obtain Squash and Stretch free (and Professional) immediately right here.
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Superior After Effects Tutorials
Harry Frank, a part of Specific three’s improvement staff (since model 1 in truth), has shared this opus of coaching, operating at about three.5 hours, over 14 tutorials.
When you personal, or are contemplating buying both of those staple After Effects plugins then this official coaching might be a wise funding of your effort and time.
Harry’s tutorials embrace:
- Utilizing the Preset Designer
- Understanding emitters (Lights, layers, objects)
- Working with physics (air and bounce)
- Particle varieties and customising them
- Movement Paths
- Render Optimisation
You’ll be able to learn my very own assessment of Trapcode Suite 14 right here, which incorporates feedback on Specific three and Type three. I had my animator brother assessment the suite too, as he makes use of it excess of I do!
The second collection of tutorials is for Trapcode Type three and in addition weighs in at over three.5 hours of free coaching. Introduced by Chad Perkins it’s aimed toward each freshmen and skilled customers, who in any other case won’t have explored all of it’s artistic potential.
Over 12 particular person tutorials Chad covers subjects reminiscent of curves, fractal fields, audio reactors, 3D objects and customized particle varieties, amongst different issues.
Chad additionally works by way of some artistic tasks creating Alien Hearth and a fictional digital Consumer Interface in tutorials 11 and 12.
However no matter you do, simply begin with the primary tutorial on understanding what Type is, and the way it works!
Video Copilot Tutorials
No After Effects tutorial spherical up is full with out together with the newest tutorials from Video Copilot’s Andrew Kramer, so listed here are a few of the most up-to-date ones, which have been created solely utilizing After Effects, and no costly plugins.
However talking of plugins, I’ve just lately reviewed Video Copilot’s Optical Flares plugin (which is nicely well worth the cash) on this earlier publish. So if you would like a approach to composite in animated 3D lens flares into your edit or grade, have a look.
On this first video Andrew creates some titles with customized bevel results which work together with After Impact’s lights, and procedurally updates relying on the brand it’s referencing.
Additionally all the time Andrew is an entertaining and informative teacher.
On this comply with up tutorial which is ‘Chapter 2’ to the primary video, Andrew creates some broken and decaying textual content results. Once more it’s 100% procedural and so will dynamically replace to no matter contents it’s utilized to.
Each factor within the composition additionally interacts with After Effects 3D lights. Andrew demonstrates quite a lot of artistic prospects as to learn how to apply these methods.
Sit again for an in depth 47 minute and luxuriate in!
On this remaining, and barely shorter, tutorial Andrew re-creates a stylistic glitch impact, once more utilizing 100% vanilla After Effects.
As typical there’s a ton of ideas and insights to select up alongside the best way together with creating efficient reflections, new layer rendering choices, displacement maps and much more.
Intro to working with After Effects Expressions and Scripts
You possibly can start to unlock some actually highly effective artistic prospects if you begin to discover ways to use Expressions in After Effects.
This 27 half coaching collection (approx four hours complete run time) from Parker Younger is a wonderful place to start out if you wish to take up some systematic coaching on utilizing Expressions in After Effects.
You possibly can pay for supplementary materials together with venture information and belongings, HD tutorial movies and different goodies right here.
There are additionally a number of different freebies out there on Parker’s website right here.
A lot of the coaching can also be delivered in comparatively brief instalments which helps to make it extra manageable to digest.
Collection 100: Introduction (31:28)
- 101 – Expressions Overview (2:16)
- 102 – Expression Showcase (2:18)
- 103 – Launch Into Expressions (5:57)
- 104 – Expression Instruments (7:36)
- 105 – Copying & Linking (5:33)
- 106 – Creating Expressions (7:48)
Collection 200: Primary Expressions (35:03)
- 201 – Wiggle Expression (four:47)
- 202 – Time Expression (6:36)
- 203 – Worth Expression (four:43)
- 204 – Velocity & Velocity (7:26)
- 205 – Linear & Ease (6:06)
- 206 – Loop Expressions (5:25)
Collection 300: Intermediate Instruments (1:14:29)
- 301 – Numbers (eight:18)
- 302 – Superior Numbers (11:07)
- 303 – Arrays (6:49)
- 304 – 2D & 3D Place (11:00)
- 305 – Textual content (6:10)
- 306 – Superior Textual content (10:22)
- 307 – Colour (11:33)
- 308 – Controls (9:10)
Collection 400: Superior Ideas (1:39:56)
- 401 – Helpful Expressions (17:52)
- 402 – Highly effective Expressions (20:07)
- 403 – Triggers Utilizing Markers (16:10)
- 404 – Presets & Pseudo Effects (17:43)
- 405 – Exterior Information & JSON (15:26)
- 406 – Efficiency & Fixing Errors (6:10)
- 407 – Planning Expressions (6:28)
Evan Abrams, whose After Effects tutorial channel is properly value subscribing too, continues his After Effects expressions collection, which you’ll be able to uncover on this useful playlist.
Every episode is sort of brief and focuses on one specific expression or method, comparable to Math.sin() or If/Else circumstances and so forth.
For those who’re up for the specificity of studying these methods then following this collection can be sound funding of your time.
On this remaining tutorial of After Effects for Editors Part 7, you will get a whirl wind tour of 22 free After Effects scripts thanks as soon as once more to Sergey from Ukra Media.
This can be a comply with up tutorial to Part 1 – which is from 20115 – and you’ll find direct hyperlinks to all 42 scripts Sergey has compiled on this weblog publish.
Scripts within the new video embrace features akin to:
- 17. Change Render Places
- 18. Render & E mail
- 19. rd: Render Layers
- 20. rd: Statesman
- 21. Arrange Undertaking Belongings
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