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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 33: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to look at text creation and animation in After Effects starting with the different ways to create text in the composition panel.



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Re: AE Basics 33: Options for Creating Text
by Andrew Devis
Hi Camille
Sorry for the delay in answering I've been away training.

Firstly, bear in mind that the size you work in and the final size you output can be different.

So, for Première Pro, start by making your sequences the same size as your footage see this tutorial … http://library.creativecow.net/devis_andrew/Premiere-Pro-CS6-Basics_7/1 This will show you how to make sure everything is correct.

As for AE, again, if you are working with video files then you need to import the video file and drag and drop it on the new comp icon at the bottom of the project panel or right click and choose create new comp from footage … or similar.

However, if you don't have footage to work from then you have the option to create compositions any size you wish. If you are based in the US then you need to create comps that have a frame rate of 29.97 or 30 fps (frames per second) but if you are in the UK or Europe then you need to create a comp that is 25 fps (film uses 24 fps).

NTSC = US/Japan = 29.97 fps

PAL = UK/Europe/Rest of the world = 25 fps

France uses another system but 25 fps would work for them as well.

When it comes to exporting your comp or sequence that is when you choose your settings. The easiest way is to export through the media encoder CS6 (I will be doing some tutorials on that soonish). Open Adobe Media Encoder and choose File and then either ADD a Première Pro Sequence or ADD an After Effects composition.

This will take you to an options box where you should navigate to the actual project file, wait a while and then any sequences/compositions will show up. Then select whichever comp or sequence you want to get it into the media encoder. Next, look on the Right Hand Side for the category saying 'Web Video' and then 'YouTube' and simply select the one that says something like YouTube HD 1080p 29.97 (US) or 25 (UK etc) and drag and drop that on top of the sequence/comp on the left hand side.

This then sets up everything you need to export with the exception of setting the output path (ie where the final video file will be on your computer). You will see some yellow text with a file path, click on that and navigate to where you want the file to go then click the green 'play' button at the top and it will export for you :o)

Hope this helps
Andrew

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by Camille Katz
Hi Andrew,

Thank you very much! Sorry for wasting your time. Should have watched the video again before asking you.
thanks again
Camille
@Camille Katz
by Andrew Devis
Please don't worry about it - I don't mind being asked! If you are asking questions like that, then it really shows you aren't just watching the tutorials but trying to put your new knowledge into practice which is exactly what you should be doing. Who knows, maybe a job in VFX or video editing/productions awaits for you in the future?

Keep at it and enjoy it!
Andrew

PS - If you check out my list of videos here http://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/ you will also find some more advanced After Effects tutorials which deal with things like camera mapping, working in 3D, advanced Green Screen etc. When you feel ready have a look at some of those as you will find them great fun.

Also, do bear in mind that Mocha ships with After Effects, so if you ever want to do some advanced motion tracking you already have the basic program and I have a couple of tuts on that as well!! Lots to learn. A

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Re: AE Basics 33: Options for Creating Text
by Camille Katz
Hi Andrew,

Thanks again for your great tutorials!
I have a little question. Both for premier pro and after affects, when i'm doing videos for Youtube what dymenshions do I chose for the composition? hdtv or pal? or web? or should i make a custom settings size for youtube?

Thanks,
Camille


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