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Compositing Text and Video in After Effects

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Overview

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of a real-world commercial made with After Effects—and learn advanced techniques for compositing text and video.

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of a real-world commercial made with After Effects—and learn advanced techniques for compositing text and video. This project-based course shows how to build a 20-second promo featuring seamless integration between type and video footage. Learn how to decode a client brief, present design concepts for sign-off, create an offline edit in Premiere Pro, and finalize the project in After Effects. Along the way, instructor Eran Stern weaves in tips, shortcuts, and professional techniques that will amaze both veteran After Effects users and new motion graphics artists. Get insights into compositing, text design, rotoscoping, and particles, and recommendations for third-party plugins for color correction, atmospheric effects, particles, and more.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Compositing text and video in After Effects
  • What you should know
1. Concept and Design
  • Overview of the client brief
  • Creative agency pitch deck
  • Storyboard presentation
  • Team project credits
2. Integration and Preparation
  • The importance of picture lock
  • Integrate via Dynamic Link
  • Copy and paste between applications
  • Import Premiere Pro project
  • Preparation for compositing and VFX
3. Mask the Dust
  • When the Warp Stabilizer fails
  • Using the classic stabilizer
  • Formatting the text
  • Animating and exposing text
  • Keying dust based on its value ranges
  • Rotoscoping using masks
4. Liquidize Type
  • Selective color correction
  • Designing and animating text
  • Creating a liquid displacement
  • Masking foreground elements
5. Compound Elements
  • Cleaning lens dirt
  • Removing color cast
  • Placing and scaling text
  • Wiping titles
  • Extracting and masking
  • Repeating the key process
6. Sugar Particles
  • Enlarge while preserving quality
  • Using parenting to animate
  • Blending the type into video
  • Disintegrate text using effects
  • Disintegrate text using particles
7. Merging Shots
  • Reviewing the packshot
  • Replacing elements with 3D tracking
  • Creating a rack focus effect
  • Tracking and replacing a texture
  • Cutting out a background
  • Compositing shots together
  • Reviewing the logo animation
  • Adding final touches
Conclusion
  • Next steps

Taught by

Eran Stern

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