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  • - [Justin] Hi everyone, my name's Justin Odisho

  • and in this video, I'm gonna go over the basics

  • and intro to Adobe After Effects.

  • So I know this program can be very confusing

  • to a beginner or if it's your first time looking

  • at the program.

  • Or maybe if you're just comfortable with Photoshop

  • or Premiere and you never really got into After Effects.

  • So I'm gonna try to explain what this all is,

  • how you can demystify it and what it's all used for anyway.

  • So you got a whole bunch of stuff popping up here.

  • Basically, it starts off with a get started menu

  • and these new updates and from here,

  • you can open new projects, recent projects.

  • You actually don't have to create or open anything,

  • you can actually just close it if you want too

  • and just pop up with your After Effects window.

  • So what is After Effects in the first place

  • and why would you use something like this

  • in comparison to other video editors like Premiere Pro

  • or Final Cut, you know, what's the difference?

  • So the best way that I can try to explain this

  • to help you understand is After Effects is kind of like

  • the Photoshop for video.

  • See instead of being a program like Premiere

  • or Final Cut of Sony Vegas where you have a timeline

  • and you can drag clips and videos in order

  • on the sequence.

  • After Effects is a compositing and motion graphics

  • video editing software so that means

  • you can compose many pieces and layers

  • on top of one another and you can also create

  • different motion graphics because it has better

  • and different unique stronger tools and engines

  • in those areas like things like the rotoscoping brush,

  • camera motion tracking, different complex effects.

  • But let's start with our basic menu.

  • This is our composition menu by the way, this right here

  • which you can usually see the preview

  • in most video editing softwares

  • and you can open a new composition or drag in clips.

  • So I've got a folder on the desktop

  • with a couple video clips in it and for example,

  • I'm gonna actually highlight these and throw them

  • in the project media bin which is

  • on the left hand side here.

  • So I'm gonna make sure I have it open

  • and I can actually just throw these clips

  • in our project media bin and now they're loaded.

  • We have movie clip 2978 and 2984.

  • So these clips happen to be 1920 by 1080 which I can see

  • when I highlight them so if I do just drag one

  • onto the timeline, it'll create a new composition

  • based on this footage like it says there.

  • So now we have a new 1080 by 1920

  • standard high definition composition

  • or we could have also went to composition,

  • new composition in the menu on the top

  • and set all these settings.

  • But now that I have the clip here,

  • you can start to see kind of the basic ways

  • that After Effects is laid out.

  • So you have our layers menu and you have a bit of a timeline

  • but remember, this isn't really working left to right.

  • It's more so working up to down and stacking

  • like a composition.

  • So if I take the other clip that I had

  • and dragged that on the timeline as well,

  • you can see we have both of the clips,

  • one on top of the other, you can't really see

  • because it goes by layers, you know top is seen

  • and then the bottom is not so you can hide visibility

  • and both of these are together.

  • This little green line shows how long the clip is

  • so this clip of the flower happens to only be

  • about 7 seconds whereas the clip of the statues

  • and water fountain happens to be a little bit longer.

  • And also notice when I created the composition

  • just by dragging the clip in, it makes the composition

  • only as long as that clip automatically

  • so if you wanted to change that, you could also go

  • to composition settings and you can see here

  • the duration is 10 seconds in this case

  • 'cause the clip was 10 seconds

  • but I could make it 30 seconds and it will be longer.

  • On the bottom, we can scroll left to right

  • and see all that new space that we've added.

  • But what else do we have going on in our menus?

  • So on the left hand side,

  • we have the project effect controls.

  • On this top side here, we have our menu

  • with tools so the move tool, text tool,

  • different brushes and rotobrushing which is like

  • a quick selection tool.

  • On the right hand side, we also have different menus

  • like our brushes tool.

  • If we did have a brush, we could choose what size

  • and type and paint and color.

  • We also have different effects and presets

  • in this menu and you can also access these

  • in the effects menu so let's say I want to add

  • an effect onto this clip, what I can do is either use

  • a preset that's set for me in this right hand side.

  • So these are all different presets.

  • Or I can build my own effect out and you notice how

  • I did need to highlight this layer to get that to be active

  • and be able to work on it.

  • So let's say I just want to add a simple blur.

  • Let's add a gaussian blur, a very basic function

  • that's in a lot of programs and you should see

  • once I add this onto the clip, it'll pop up

  • in our effects control menu or panel for us to adjust.

  • So each effect has different aspects that you can adjust

  • on it so this one has blurriness which I can increase.

  • And it also has blur dimensions so I can go horizontal

  • and vertical which will give us a soft blur,

  • just horizontal or just vertical

  • and these little icons right here are key frames

  • which you can create animation with.

  • So if I drop down this menu,

  • you can see all the different properties

  • of each layer that you have and do different things

  • with them so you can see all the effects

  • that are applied onto here,

  • right now just the gaussian blur.

  • You can transform it so the size, the position,

  • opacity, et cetera.

  • So you know I can turn the opacity down to 50%

  • and now we get a interesting blending of these clips.

  • And let me add a simple key frame here.

  • So I'm gonna go to the beginning

  • or wherever I want to start.

  • I can add an anchor point by clicking on this stopwatch icon

  • and then I can move over let's say a couple seconds,

  • make the blurriness go really intense.

  • And you should see a little diamond is created

  • and then I can move over even more,

  • maybe make it go less intense.

  • So I'll type in 20 and this is just one example

  • of some sort of creative animation that you can do.

  • I don't know what type of project you'd be working on

  • but you can see

  • we've got the flower getting blurry, less blurry.

  • I could do the same thing with key framing animation

  • but that's just basic key framing.

  • You can look up another tutorial of mine for more

  • about general key framing principles.

  • But you can see you can stack many effects

  • on top of each other and beyond just your basic blurs,

  • After Effects has some really interesting and powerful tools

  • that are not present in your basic non linear editors

  • like Premiere Pro or Final Cut so things like CC Burn Film

  • or just random ones like this, I'll show you for example,

  • are much more complex in function

  • than a lot of the stuff you'll find in other places.

  • So you see this one kind of gives it

  • a burned paper animation which the same thing

  • I showed you about key frames earlier,

  • you can add the stopwatch diamonds and make it go

  • from 0 to 100 to act as a cool transition.

  • You can also adjust different things about this

  • but you can see it stacks the effects together.

  • You can also drag effects and rearrange

  • the positioning of them so if I put the blur

  • after the burn, you see everything gets blurry

  • but if I put the burn after the blur,

  • then the burn is still solid.

  • So keep that in mind.

  • Some more things to consider in After Effects

  • are that you can create clean text and motion graphics.

  • So let me go to composition, new composition

  • to start a new 1920 by 1080 black 30 second composition

  • and it'll open in a different composition menu

  • so this is another thing to keep in mind.

  • You can have many different compositions open

  • at the same time and kind of play off of one another

  • and they're all open in tabs down here,

  • kind of like tabs on an internet browser.

  • So in this new composition, I don't have to drag any clips

  • or anything in but you notice that you still have

  • the same project menu so you can have

  • many different compositions in the same project

  • and have the same media throughout and the compositions

  • actually pop up as a media object as well

  • but I can click on the text tool, for example,

  • click there and add text and move this around.

  • So now you have a text layer that pops up

  • and you still have all the same properties

  • on the text from adjusting the position,

  • opacity, things like that.

  • And just to show you a quick example,

  • let's go to the effects and presets menu

  • that we pointed out earlier and let's look

  • for some animation presets for text

  • and we can see there's actually a lot of really cool

  • built in presets so for example,

  • we can do animating in and let's just choose

  • a fun one here, spin by character.

  • So I can just click and drag this right on

  • to this text object and you can see it places two key frames

  • two seconds in by default since this isn't animate in

  • and if I drop that down, you can see the animator

  • and all the different things but if I press play,

  • it's kind of cheesy looking but there's a lot of cool

  • different ones that you can play around with.

  • Presets are always kind of cheesy looking

  • but here's a cool one, typewriter.

  • I can click and drag that on

  • and

  • it'll create the key frames from the point

  • that my timeline cursor was on currently

  • so this'll add the text letter by letter

  • like a typewriter and you can also go into

  • the effects control of this actual text,

  • the dropdown, and adjust these different

  • animation properties.

  • You can also add shape layers so if I go to layer,

  • new, shape layer, I can create things

  • either with the rectangle, ellipse, star, whatever.

  • So I can create rectangles and then I can use

  • After Effects motion and key framing tools

  • to create animations on these as well

  • so this is a cool way that you can create lower thirds

  • where things might smoothly pop in and out,

  • reveal text and all that.

  • So I have different individual tutorials,

  • project by project, little quick videos for you

  • to check out if you want to look at creating

  • a lower third or quick selecting an object

  • or learning about camera tracking

  • and different text animation.

  • I don't want to try to fit those all in at once

  • but hopefully you're seeing a little bit

  • of the different tools and menus

  • and you can see the basics of it.

  • We've got a preview menu right here in the middle.

  • We've got a layer menu, different tabs

  • of different compositions if we want.

  • Our project media here which is we can drag

  • and drop things from our desktop wherever.

  • This is where we can keep all of our media to work with.

  • Our basic timeline, which we want to be looking at

  • from a top to bottom standpoint rather than a left

  • to right, yes you can build things out left to right