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Compositing a Cell Phone in After Effects

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Overview

Learn how to create an animated promo video that helps visualize how a mobile app will be used on a real device, using this screen replacement workflow in After Effects.

The mobile app market is saturated. If you can show clients or investors how the app works—before any time or money has been invested into a lengthy development cycle—it can help speed up approval and funding.

Here, Andy Needham shows how to take the app mockup created in the companion course, After Effects: Creating a Mobile App Interface, and composite it into live-action footage of a smartphone. The final product is an animated promo video that helps visualize how the app will be used on a real device. Andy also covers storyboarding, tracking, keying, color correction, and a few audio tips. By the end of the course, you'll have more experience with the screen replacement workflow in After Effects and have a web-ready deliverable ready to share with the world.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Welcome
  • What you should know
  • How to use the exercise files
1. Plan and Build a Rough Edit
  • What we'll create
  • Plan with a storyboard
  • Film the phone
  • Edit the sequence in Adobe Premiere
  • Import and organize in After Effects
2. Track and Composite the Phone
  • Retime the app animation
  • Rotoscope the finger in Mocha
  • Track the screen
  • Export and apply tracking data
  • Key the screen
  • Add finishing touches
3. Complete the Promo Video
  • Render the phone shot
  • Rework the opening shots
  • Color correct the footage
  • Add graphics and audio
  • Export for web
Conclusion
  • Next steps

Taught by

Andy Needham

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