When I’m working on motion graphics for a commercial or a promo video for some cool products, I always make a storyboard. Let me see.. quick Google search here ya go.
Storyboards don’t have to be extremely-detailed but when you are pitching an idea to a client, it helps. The most important thing is to understand where the animation is and to solve technical problems before you run into them. I like to draw arrows and show the movement of the camera and action which helps save time in After Effects because I know what I’m trying to do. Then I can focus on being creative. Also when working with others they know what to expect and it’s easier to collaborate.
Present your idea, high-quality stuff may get you THE job
Plan your animation before starting to keep you on track
Solve technical problems, rather than waiting til you hit one
Save time if the concept is rejected…
I’ve been busy all week working on some projects, I can’t really talk about it but… I’m almost done, and that’s good news.
What is 3D tracking? Well, before I get into the subject of 3D tracking (or matchmoving), I thought I would share this link as a primer until I get to it. So many great things on the horizon… only so many hours in the day to play golf.
There are several interesting ways to create “3D” text in After Effects just search for 3D text in After Effects and you will find some crafty solutions. Of course a dedicated 3D program is better but not everyone has access to one.
With all of these creative methods, somehow the aesthetics of the imagery was traded for that fact that it was 3D. In this soon to be Shortcuts Episode I’ll take a look at creating 3D looking text in After Effects that is only 2 dimensional but has many possibilities. The moral being… no matter which method you use, don’t forget to make it look cool too, that is the most important thing. Unless you are in a contest for worst video ever; in which case you can disregard.
Using mp4 or h.264 when compressing through QuickTime can make the final video look washed out. This is a common problem that seemed to have no solution… until now. The gamma shift can actually be fixed inside QuickTime Pro without re-compressing your video by simply changing a few settings.
SOLUTION: After rendering into a QuickTime/h.264 file, open it up in QuickTime and select “Show Movie Properties.” Highlight the video track then click on the “Visual Settings” tab. Towards the bottom left you should see “Transparency” with a drop-down box next to it. Select “Blend” from the menu then move the “Transparency Level” slider to 100%. Choose “Straight Alpha” from the same drop-down and close the properties window and finally “Save.”
See the difference on our Promos:
Download and follow the steps for yourself.
Creating particles in After Effects is awesome! We have all used Particular and Particle world but why not combine those particles with some real ones! Sometimes you need to create elements that are so complex and organic that you are better off taking out the camera and making a mess. In this example we use […]