Professional Motion Control : Adobe After Effects Tutorial

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  • Step 1
    Scan and prep all of your photos in Photoshop. If you want to do a zoom or a pan, you will need extra pixels. For example, an image that is 2160 pixels wide will allow you to perform a threescreen pan. Do not worry about cropping or sizing for the screen, but make sure that you have enough pixels for additional movement….
  • Step 2
    Import your photos into After Effects. You can drag an entire folder in (provided there are no nested folders within it). Select the folder, hold down the Option (Alt) key and drag it into the project window. If you need to rename the folder, select it and press the Return (Enter) key.
  • Step 3
    Create a new composition and size for your edit system. If you are unsure, check the owner’s manual for your NLE or export a video clip from the NLE and import it to After Effects to check size. Set the duration to match your needs, plus add a little pad….
  • Step 4
    Drop in a photo. Highlight the layer, and press S to call up the Scale properties. Now hold down the Shift key and press A for anchor point and R for Rotation. The anchor point is where the camera is pointing, and is a much better option than using Position. Using an anchor point is like moving the camera; using Position is like locking the camera down and moving the picture instead…
  • Step 5
    Add key frames for the initial position of the photo. Jump to the outpoint of the layer by pressing the letter O. Add your end key frames
  • Step 6
    If you will want to simulate a zoom, press S for Scale to access the scaling controls. Do not enlarge your image beyond 100% for best results. You can also add Rotation keyframes (R), if that is desired.
  • Step 7
    (Optional) Use your animation assistants to add Ease on the rotation and anchor point key frames. If you own the production bundle, click on the word Scale to highlight both keyframes. From under the keyframe assistants, choose Exponential Scale…
  • Step 8
    Double check that your quality switches are all set to Best and add your comp to the render queue. If you want, you can specify Best inside of the render queue, but I personally always switch it in the timeline to be certain…
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