AFTER EFFECTS BASICS

Okay we’re going there we are going there together I mean we we’ve never talked about this before we’ve talked about Photoshop and Lightroom and Premiere and lots lots of other things this we’ve never even dipped our toes in but today we’re doing that don’t freak out I’m doing everything I can to make sure this is easy for you so that you uh you’re not gonna just combust I’m excited you should be excited too let’s turn this thing around all right what’s up everybody Peter beginning here and welcome back to yet another tutorial Tuesday and today we’re talking about Adobe After Effects so like I mentioned in the intro we’ve never actually talked about this program before we’ve talked about everything else but we’ve never never even dabbled in After Effects and I’ve seen a lot of comments and questions and emails and dm’s and a lot of people want to know why don’t you ever do After Effects tutorials or would you do After Effects tutorials or I’d love to see something from you in After Effects so that’s that’s today so figured we would start with this there’s probably gonna be multiples of these because this this program is a beast and I don’t think I can tackle this all in one video and you guys know how I talk a lot so this needs to be split up for sure so let’s just call this After Effects basics part 1 so I’m gonna run you guys through the interface of the program show you what it’s like where things go try and simplify it for you as best as I can and I think we’ll just make a simple title like animating a nice title that’s that’s tracked through 3d space if you will and I find these actions just to help me explain things better well track a title so you guys can put those types of things in your videos or your vlogs your travel films it’s a very good kind of like introductory small little task for a program as much of a beast as after of exes so what is After Effects After Effects is kind of I describe it as like the Photoshop of video you can do so much and After Effects whenever you see special effects happening like in yesterday’s vlog when you saw that nerf gun turn into that’s After Effects if you guys follow me on Twitter you saw it I did forget Eevee with his new shoes that’s After Effects its possibilities are endless people use it in such creative ways it’s an incredible compliment to video really allowing you to just kind of expand your horizons as far as your creativity goes so if you get a handle of how good this program works and you get good at it and you practice your skill sets your worth you’re everything is a filmmaker or an editor is just going to be that much better so I figured it’s time that we we kind of dive into this and start maybe knocking some of these out so this is the part where you go make a coffee you grab a drink you do a hundred push-ups to have a power nap run around your house six times whatever you got to do we’re gonna open up Adobe After Effects for the first time let’s go alright so when you launch After Effects for the first time it’s gonna open up with that project window the same as if you open up Lightroom or Photoshop or Premiere and it’s going to ask you what you want to do so you’re gonna hit new project okay pause for a second this is the interface of After Effects it looks kind of the same as Premiere you’ll notice you’ve got the timeline down at the bottom you’ve got your workspace up top you’ve got some kind of file storage some bins some area on the left side for your your stuff to go your files your videos your music and whatever you’re gonna throw in there you got your effects on the right side so if you are kind of like a seasoned pro or somewhat seasoned by you know having used any type of Creative Cloud products from Adobe before this shouldn’t look too foreign but there’s still probably a few things in here that you’re gonna be like let’s keep going alright so on the left side you’ve got your project window this is where all your files get dropped into got graphics if you’ve got music you’ve got whatever you need that’s going in the left side very much similar to if you’re gonna put all your footage into Premiere to start editing they’re gonna drop all your goods all your assets into the project window alright immediately to the right of that is your composition window that’s where you’re seeing what you’re working on that’s where your video is going to be everything you’re adjusting all the stuff you’re tweaking all the effects the after effects that you’re putting on your footage in your video that’s the main spot for it on the right side kind of like Lightroom you’ve got that big panel of effects so that’s where you type in your different effects text tools changing your fonts all of that stuff over here and then Shawn’s running right along the top of that screen is your toolbar so that’s where you’ve got all your different pointers and text tools again and little things that will change based on what you’re doing okay so project files main composition windows effects toolbar and then at the bottom you’ve got your timeline just like video editing it’s gonna work exactly the same that timeline is where everything you’re working on just like any other timeline that you are familiar with so far so good right you guys are so with me we’re not getting into scary waters yet all right so I’m gonna go ahead and drag in a drone shot from Iceland of me walking on this airplane I’m gonna drag that into my project file it’s just like we talked about cuz that’s for your project files go so what we want to accomplish by the end of this video is having a title on our footage that tracks into the scene and it grows and kind of moves with the camera as the camera continues to fly over the plane right so instead of just putting a title on the screen and the drone shot moves over the plane and that title never moves we want it to feel like that title is in the same environment and that camera is moving over it and closer to it and the closer that drone gets to the title the title is getting bigger so that’s the objective of today we’re gonna start with that it kind of looks a little bit like this now if we really wanted to get crazy we could mask it out some of that text so it’s behind me when I’m walking but that that will save that for maybe like a part to don’t even we’ll just moving on okay so the first step the first thing you’re gonna want to do is click on that footage in your project window and drag it down into this little icon that I’m gonna drop it on that and then let go so that button is the create a new composition button so when you drag your footage whatever that is right into that button it creates a composition based off of those settings of that video 4k because I shot this in 4k 24 frames per second all of those are baked into that timeline that totally makes sense if it confused you essentially we’re taking the drone shot we’re dragging it into that icon it’s gonna open the window up and make our timeline the exact settings we need them based on the settings of that drone shot so this is a 4k clip so it’s massive right now it’s taking up a lot of our composition so let’s just go ahead and click this little arrow right here and fit that to screen so that’s looking a lot better we are nice and crispy 4k that’s full res you can click this little drop down here and change the resolution which is actually gonna render your projects faster you see unlike Premiere Pro where when you drag your footage in it’s rendering in real time so that you can play through your footage and edit without having to wait for render times but After Effects doesn’t render in real time so dropping that quality is gonna allow you to play back what you’re doing and what you’re working on without having it being choppy or anything like that or having a way for render time so I always recommend dropping it to like a third quality if you don’t need to see the quality for whatever it is that you’re doing you can always change it back to full but for this case I think we’re gonna drop it down okay so we basically need to mark our in and out points on the clip that we just selected so we know exactly what piece of footage we’re working with like what part of the footage we’re working with so go ahead and hit spacebar that’s gonna play the video alright so this is where I want the footage to start so if you click on the actual video in your timeline which is this little blue strip right here you can grab the front end of that clip you’ll see the arrows pop up you can click and drag that to your timeline now if you want it to snap right to your playhead hold down shift it’s gonna snap right over if you’ve got a full size keyboard like I do right here you can actually use page up and page down to go frame by frame so you can fine-tune last part of the clip that you want when you have it you can drag the footage from the very end holding shift right back to your playhead so that you’ve condensed that whole clip into just the portion you want essentially in and out I believe you can also use B and E for beginning and end might be n for end there’s so many shortcuts ok so once you’ve deciphered which in-and-out point you want and you’ve trimmed that down you’re gonna move that to the beginning of your timeline and then we’re gonna do something that’s gonna just make everything a little more efficient and a little easier to deal with now if you notice that little blue bar that is your footage right above that is the time ruler so we’re gonna go all the way to the end of the timeline we’re gonna grab that time ruler just like we did with our footage and we’re gonna drag it all the way to match the end of our clip then we’re gonna go up to composition in the tool bar and we’re gonna select trim comp to work area so now it’s gonna take this little cliff that’s our footage and it’s gonna take all this stupid nothing space that’s just gonna annoy me and it’s gonna obliterate all of that and make that entire timeline our entire clips just easy to deal with easy to think about it cleans everything up get it done okay so we’ve done that that’s the easy part go ahead head up to the tool bar hit that T for texts who will type in whatever you want I’m going to type in my name Peter McKinnon this is the beginning of creating our title so that we can track it through space and time I just love saying that it’s just sounds so great like we’re gonna so we’re gonna track a title through space and time come along I’m in alright so now that your text is on the screen and you’ve got your shot playing go ahead and play that through again hitting spacebar you’ll notice as the camera moves closer as the drone flies closer to that plane that title doesn’t move stays the same doesn’t look very good it’s just small it’s a standard text on frame it’s just yeah how do we make that better that’s where I’m saying we want to track this title so that as the camera moves forward the text becomes bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger as if the camera is actually moving towards text in real time so to do that we need to create something called a null object now a null object is gonna be something that you come across a very often in After Effects so let me explain what a null object is with regards to tracking this title through space and time okay so a null object is like an invisible aid that lives on the screen when you editing now you can’t see it it’s never gonna appear in any of your videos but you’re able to attach different effects to it and it controls different effects throughout After Effects so different things that are happening on-screen different things that you’re trying to make happen all sometimes run through this null object and it enables a lot of different cool things to happen like what we’re gonna do with tracking this text we need to track that text and attach it to something on screen so that it ends up working that’s what a null object does I’m trying to explain it in a way that’s not gonna completely melt your face but let me get into this edit a little bit more than I think by the end of it you’ll understand it’s just one of those things that you need as a step to kind of begin using After Effects okay so to activate this mysterious null object and if you want to know more about that I’m sure you can google it and get a better answer that I could possibly figure out how to convey to you but just right-click on your timeline hit new and go over to no object when you click that a red box is going to show up that is you are no object that’s just a little invisible box the little invisible controller box that’s gonna live on screen for the rest of this edit you’ll also see it down in the left corner where you see all of our layers if you will so we’ve got our footage we’ve got our title and now we have null one okay so now is where it gets a little confusing refill your coffee right now what we need to do is have After Effects track all the pixels in this scene it needs to just play the scene forward and it needs to analyze and track the movement of the scene which is our drone shot line for it After Effects needs to figure that out it needs to map it once it’s done that we attach its tracking data we attach what it’s done to this null object so then when we take that text and we attach that text to the null object it’s also tracked because they’re both running through this little helper this little invisible aid that is the null object okay so we track the scene we attach those settings to the null object then we take the text attach it to the null object Bob’s your uncle you’re good to go click on your footage that’s the DJI clip for me whatever it is for you you’re gonna click on that layer probably the bottom layer then you’re gonna go over to the right side where it says tracker and that’s gonna bring up a little window you don’t see that like anything else you can go up to the top of the toolbar hit window go down and make sure that tracker is clicked if it’s not go ahead and click that then move little toolbar is gonna appear on the right side so if it’s already there you’re golden follow these next steps so you’re gonna click track motion once you click that it opens up a new layer window now you might be like look where did my composition go but if you notice at the top here it’ll say composition DJ is 0 0 0 1 that’s my clip so whatever your clip is that Clips gonna be over to the left what I mean by is it opened a new window is now beside that we see layer 1 which is that track motion layer so your other composition is still there we’re good it’s just opened a new window so that it can perform this task now you’ll see right in the middle of the scene it says track point wellman like a little white box now we’re gonna want to zoom in so that we can see this better so hit + + – on your keyboard to zoom in zoom out but go ahead and hit + and get up nice and close to this so that we have a very good view I also notice this footage doesn’t look very good right now because if you remember at the beginning we dropped that quality down to like 1/4 so that we could render this thing faster so right now just for you know simplicity sake so that we can actually understand what’s going on let’s bring that quality back up to full booth look at that crispy tastiness we’re back baby 4k mmm feels good but now we can actually see what’s going on so now you can see our track point number one box and what that does is tracks a group of pixels across the screen and calculates its movements but we’re gonna need to make another tracking box because we want to do two things here we want to move in to that text so we need to track moving into that text but we want that text to also scale up and move bigger so we need to track that scale as well so we got 2 things happening at once here don’t worry we’re fine we’re good you’ll see over on the right side here we’ve got position checked off you’re gonna go ahead and hit scale make sure that one’s checked off too and then a second tracking box is gonna pop up just like magic I got nothing I got it you thought I was gonna do magic didn’t you and you were like it’s coming no no you don’t own me so just a double check everything is in good working order you can go ahead and hit edit target now little windows gonna pop up and you’re gonna see that the selection is selected to null one that’s the null object we created because remember we’re trying to track all these movements and send all that information to that little invisible helper that null object so making sure that’s where it’s going is good which it is golden hit ok whoa moving on so now we just need to pick two things in the frame that we can these little boxes on to that aftereffects is gonna use to track this scene right so high contrast points you don’t want to choose the fluffy faint little cloud in the distance you don’t want to choose the part of the boot that’s moving as I walk across this plane because it’s moving too much we want to choose two nice solid stationary high contrast points that aren’t moving very much so after effect says thank you I can easily track this scene for you so we’re gonna do that by selecting these windows here they’re gonna go with one window on the right side and a window on the left side sometimes this can be a bit of trial and error but it is doable I’ll show you what I mean by that okay so click and drag tracking point one that’s the box when you click and drag it it’s gonna like magnify the area that you are hovering that box over that’s what’s happening right now so this nice sharp edge of the window with that high contrast being it’s black inside we’re gonna use that for our first tracking point and maybe we’ll try this window over here on the right one may be a little iffy but we’re gonna track that one as our second point so again we’re gonna click and drag that to that point essentially we’re like we’re sticking targets on this frame so that after-effects is okay we got your targets and I’m gonna hit track and we’re gonna we’re gonna let us do our job and we’ll try we’ll try to hang on as the scene moves and let’s go ahead and do that and see how it does if you want to just double check your tracking points before you go ahead and hit track on After Effects what you can do is skip forward a little bit in your timeline this little little pro tip here skip forward a little bit in your timeline and that’s gonna obviously show if the scene has changed and the scene has changed that’s not a good spot to track so let’s go ahead and change that we give this program a better chance all right so let’s go ahead and move this up to this little black hole here I believe that was part of the ladder that was like in the side of the plane to get up so let’s go ahead that’s a nice high contrast area it’s nice and dark there’s let’s start with that all right so let’s zoom out before we do this you can go over that drop down menu right here and hit fit now we are going to analyze this frame forward by hitting the little play button down here where it says analyze alright let’s see what happens now the frame is moving forward you can see it’s tracking everything looks good so far looking good still oh look it’s moving a little bit oh there it goes okay so after effects just lost it that’s what I mean by it had those tracking points it was locked on nice gave it good information and tracked all the way up until it just slip at that last second and this is what I mean by sometimes it’s trial and error sometimes you’re gonna do this a couple times once you get used to it and you start tracking different things you’ll know what tracks well you’ll know where a good contrast points are and sometimes you nail it on the first shot you’re like mm sometimes it takes three or four times but that’s just all part of the process and the Beast that is Adobe After Effects so we’re gonna go to where it slipped up and we’re gonna adjust it so that it just kind of hangs on for the rest of the frame there and then we’re good to go we’re gonna zoom in a little bit so we can see this a bit better you’ll notice that you see two boxes the inner box is the one that After Effects is actually tracking you can click and hold and see the exact point where the program is looking to track that second box the outer box is kind of there to make sure that that little one isn’t moving inside it it’s kind of targeting that little one so it’s almost like a backup system so if that little one moves we can drag that outer box bigger to again make that target area bigger give the program again a better sense of tracking essentially we just don’t want that little box to move out of bounds so in order to do that we’re gonna make those bounds bigger by dragging the outer box larger that way you know it’s got more room to move around without that big box losing sight of it we’re gonna increase the little one as well just so that the target area is even bigger and that way when we reanalyze this it’s just it’s not gonna get lost we can go ahead and do that for both sides all right now that we’ve adjusted that we can hit play again on analyze forward over here on the right side and it’s just gonna overwrite all the tracking points it did before where it went off now that we’ve adjusted it it’s just gonna continue moving forward keeping all the data behind it okay so it’s a little slower to track because those boxes are bigger but it is locked on it’s looking good and perfect so obviously it slips up and leaves once the plane is no longer in frame but ladies and gentlemen we have our scene tracked if that was traumatizing for you my condolences rest in peace but I don’t think it should be again I would watch this tutorial like two or three times and then try to make this try to do these titles yourself you’ll be a pro by the end of the day so now that we have all this tracking data we want to move it to the null object so it has all information stored inside our invisible aid living on the screen it’s all we gonna do to do that is go down to the right side where that little target tracking area was and hit apply little box it’s gonna pop up that says X&Y just hit okay good to go now look at your timeline look at all those crazy little diamonds and motion track just nonsense go ahead and collapse those in the layers panel on the bottom left corner here you can hit these little arrows and we’ll just get rid of all that nonsense that is way too stressful to look at I don’t want to see it you don’t want to see it let’s go ahead and hide that okay so now that we’ve tracked a scene and we’ve connected all that information to the null object and it knows what we’re doing and it has all of that information stored inside it we want to attach the title to the null object so now the title will take on everything that that null object has stored inside and we do that by connecting it on this layers pallet down here there’s a little zigzaggy thing little swirly pick whip is what they call it the pick whip how much fun is that pick whip pick whip pick whip pick whip I could say pick whip a thousand times pick whip you’re gonna click and hold that pick whip you can you just fling it all over the place it’s just so satisfying to do so we attach that text to the null object by clicking on that pick whip dragging that lying over until it highlights null one which is that null object that we created and let go now we’ve assigned all the settings of the null object and all the tracking stuff that null object has stored inside it are invisible helper and we’ve just attached the title to that no object so now it should take on the same characteristics that should make sense now you might be going oh I see it all coming together and you can see if you were successful with said pick whipping by in the right side here you can see where it says null one under that little menu drop-down so you know you’ve connected it properly so now when we play this forward this is what it’s going to look like looks great that little glitch there at the end is where we lost the tracking data because the plane goes completely out of frame so that’s pretty much where we would stop the title let’s just scrub our timeline our playhead right to the spot in the frame where that information is gone you can see the text kind of snaps a little bit that’s for the tracking just went piece I’m out let’s drag using the right side like we did at the very beginning of this let’s drag all these layers over to that playhead snap them right to that playhead hold shift if you want snaps them right in we’re gonna get rid of those trimming comp to work area so now our whole scene is exactly the scene that we want doesn’t lose the tracking information at the end the text isn’t wobbly it is a full sequence from start to finish to tracking our nice title in space and time keep in mind too you can move that text wherever you want on the screen it doesn’t have to stay in the center if you want to move it to the right to the bottom whatever it does not matter because all that information is connected to the null object so you are free to do what you want but we’re gonna keep it in the center because that’s where it looks cool we were coming up at the beginning of a vlog or a little short film right in the center Oh tracked right over top mmm tasty now we could get crazy and start changing the fonts and then actually mask out the title so that I’m walking in front of it like that’s I’ve said too much already that’s that’s definitely a part too okay relax guys take a deep breath you made it you finished that is it you’re done you did it we survived you survived After Effects part one do you think you can handle part two I think you can handle part two what I would recommend is delete everything you just did and go back and do it again like five times so that you really get the understanding of what a null object is and being able to use the pick whip to attach your text and your tracking points to the null object and just really understand how that whole system works go through the compositions going through the timeline go through the project files the effects and just kind of familiarize yourself with the shortcuts or anything else that you can so that you can get comfortable with it one of the things that I really like to do when I learn a new program is if I learn something specific I learn a certain task I will repeat that task like five to ten times so that when it comes time for me to actually do that or make a title for a video I’ve done it ten times all so I know exactly where to go composition new composition drag this in trim – all that stuff is just muscle memory at this point so that’s what I’d recommend for you to do while you wait for me to make part two because I’ve got no idea when it’s coming but I will make sure it comes in a timely manner I also had tons of requests to teach how I did the Gary Vee video maybe we’ll think about doing that but hey I’m proud of you thanks for sticking around good job if you follow that to the end if you’re already and seasoned After Effects Pro well I mean I’m jealous because I’m not but welcome and thank you for staying other than that guys hit that like button if you like this video smash it that’s something that you’re into just punch it in the face hit the bell if you want to be notified anytime I upload videos subscribe if you aren’t already and and I got a plane to catch I’m going to LA see you guys in the next one

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