Got problems using Adobe After Effects? Exported files too large, Expressions not working, mixing shapes and makes, modes/switches, selecting previews for layers vs. comps - Surfaced Studio's Tobias Gleissenberger shows you fast fixes for these and more!
Got problems using Adobe After Effects? In this video I will discuss some of the common problems and mistakes with Adobe After effects and how to fix them!
MISTAKE 1: Mode / Switches Buttons
A lot of people have trouble locating the 'Blend Mode', 'Track Matte' or 'Parent' column in their layer window. After Effects includes 2 sets of columns that you can toggle between using the Toggle Mode/Switches button. You can also customise which columns you see.
MISTAKE 2: Creating Shapes instead of Masks
If you try to create a mask and you do not have the layer selected that you want to apply the mask to, Adobe After Effects will create a new shape layer instead. Make sure to ALWAYS select the layer first and then apply a mastk.
MISTAKE 3: Layer Preview
If you accidentally double clicked onto any layer in your timeline you will be taken into an independent preview panel for the current layer. This preview window will only show the contents of the selected layer and you may wonder where all your other layers went. At the top of the preview window in Adobe After Effects you will find additional panels, the one on the left is the one for your entire composition.
MISTAKE 4: Masking and Effects
Adobe After Effects always applies masks before it applies effects onto each layer. This will cause effects to be rendered over the entire layer, unconstraint by the masks. If you want to mask out a generating effect (e.g. lightning) you need to either pre-compose the effect and then apply your masks or use a track matte.
MISTAKE 5: Expressions are Case Sensitive
Expressions in Adobe After Effects are CaSe SenSiTiVe! This means 'wiggle(10, 5)' is not the same as 'Wiggle(10, 5)'. The former will work and the latter will not. Remember to always use the correct case when typing any sort of expressions.
MISTAKE 6: Huge Video File on Export
When you render out your video from Adobe After Effects make sure you use a SENSIBLE video format and codec. Most people end up using the default (AVI, Uncompressed), which results in humongous files! It pays to understand the different options and choose the best format/codec for your situation. I personally like to use QuickTime format compressed with the H264 codec at around 70% quality.
Tobias Gleissenberger from Melbourne, Australia got hooked onto film making and visual effects with the rise of YouTube. After watching way too many videos from Freddie Wong, Final Cut King and Video Copilot, he realised that creating impressive VFX was now well within the reach of the indie filmmaker.
Unable to find videos that were both educational AND entertaining, he started to create his own style of 'edutainment' tutorials online. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and passion for filmmaking and visual effects with anyone who is willing to put up with his 'special' type of humour.
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