After Effects Workshop

Before this workshop I hadn’t used Adobe After Effects at all, it was a completely new piece of software for me. Unlike other Adobe software that I have used this looks at create frame by frame animations, you can work with sound files, video and still images.

We were given the analogy that it’s like a book, a book is made up of chapters and a outcome is made up of several different composition. We were given the task of creating 3 different compositions which are each 5 seconds long.  In order to ensure the animation was the best quality possible I had to change the present to HDTV 1080 25.  I also changed the background colour of each layer in order to make each layer different.

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The next step was to put the ‘chapters’ compositions into the ‘book’ composition with is 15 seconds long, once these were placed inside the ‘book’ layer I noticed that the background layers weren’t showing. In order for them to show I needed to add a solid layer behind each composition.

In ‘chapter 1’ composition we looked at adding type to the outcome, looking at anchor point, position, scale, rotation and opacity. I chose the letter ‘A’ to animate, within the first composition I rotated the 360 degrees.  The composition ‘chapter 2’ the task was to make the letter move along a path. In order to make this work I used keyframe points on timeline to show where and when the letter would move. I then used the auto-orinet to make the movement of the letter fluid and natural like. I also adjusted the scale and opacity of the letter. This was a particularly useful task as it gave me the ability to think about potential story boards I could make for my movement project.

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Screen Shot 2018-11-07 at 12.13.14For the third composition we were given the task of taking a word and using one of the organic effects to create movement within the word. I took my name and decided to animate it to create an outcome that was different, I used the effects and presents menu > selected animation presents > text > organic. After looking through the various effect available I decided to use the flutter effect to create an exciting outcome for this composition.

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Overall the outcome I thought was good considering that I didn’t have any prior knowledge of the software before the session. I particularly enjoyed learning how to create the small animation sequences and effects such as easy ease and motion blur. This workshop gave me the opportunity to start thinking about what I could create as a final outcome, and if an animation could work compared to any other software. I will use this to experiment with ideas.

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