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EminentTechStudios teaches you the basics for using Adobe After Effects. CS4.
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Hello YouTube, this is Connor with Eminent Tech Studios and we are doing a new tutorial for after effects. I don’t think we’ve done any of those before but no, this is just going to be the basics starting off. We’ll get into more detail in different tutorials and stuff but we’re just starting off.
So, first things are first, we’re going to go File, Import, File and through Mac users, you can just do shortcut, a little shortcut is command button I and it will bring up this menu. And I have this great footage of my friend Mitch running away from bombs. And when you do this, you want to create a new composition. You can either go into composition, new composition, hovering up this little menu right here or you can just drag this down to this little icon. Now, it will be highlighted and that will automatically get the dimensions of that video but if you want to create your own dimensions, make it bigger, smaller the length. You can do your custom length, the resolution, frame rate, tons of stuff and I’m not really sure what that is but yeah, there is that so.
And see there, your composition up here right now. And you know; I am just going to scrub through video. I already worked on this one a little bit as explosions. I am just going scroll up there, showing you. All right, that didn’t worked out too well. I don’t work on it that much.
All right, some basics. I’ll start with the tools. We got your hand tool right here, shortcuts h and just click, drag, that moves your little composition around or your view around of the composition not the actual composition.
Well actually, let’s come back to selection tool, shortcut is b. You can scale this down, make them, flip them, you can do that—away. If you want to keep it how it was, just want to scale it down, you hold shift. I am clicking shift right now. You can’t see but I am and you just drag diagonally but if you want to make a mask, a mask is something that like curves everything else except for in that defined space that you made. If that makes any sense to you, whatsoever; hopefully it does.
We’re going to back to rectangle tool. To make a mask, you click on the footage that you want to make a mask on and you just do it around your subject or whatever. It stays right there. That comes in handy a lot. You’ll find that very resourceful. And oh, sorry, we got to go into mask options. We got in here, see edges are very defined and stuff but you can change that. You go down here to, down this area to your footage. Go to Mask, Mask 1 and here are all your key frames. Hopefully you guys know what those are but you got your—and then your mask expansion, you can go outside the lines of the mask or you can come back in, get inside, get back in, go inside. Well actually, that sounds—Go back and then your feathering you can feather this out so it’s not sort of fine and kind of blurry around the edges but that also brings it outside off the defined area you said. So, you can actually bring that back in if you want or you can bring out, yeah, not a big deal.
All right, so let’s go back. Maybe you can—still clicking that command z. There we go, we’re back. This is essentially the same thing. You can make your own shapes but you draw your own shapes. And you’ll have to connect them for them to be complete. You can take away some points if you want. As with that does, it’s pretty much like the other shape too but you make your own shapes.
Now, let’s go back. There’s couple that Add vertex, Delete Vertex, Convert Vertex that says you can move around. Now, let’s delete this layer. But if you have this clicked, you can actually like draw a mask around him. We’re not going to take too much, no. Yeah and it’s empty. So now, it just shows that. And here is what the convert text thing. You can just take it out off that. You can just—like that. Now, bringing this back and it’s back.
All right, Text tool, very fun, tutorials. I don’t know. I’m very unoriginal. Once you type it, you got your text up there. You can click on this and you can move it around wherever you want. And right here is your like text options that you want to like—double click that or you can highlight it back into text tool. Then you choose your font wherever you like. Get couple different ones, a good site to get new fonts, dafont.com. That’s a good one. You can choose bold, that’s not an option but yeah, you can choose bold or not. Here’s Size, sizes right here. Separation from each other, the letters of course and I’m not really sure what that does. How tall the letters are. How wide they are. To make it bold, italics, all caps, of course, it’s already all caps. It doesn’t do anything.
Actually, let’s go into like when it’s breaking up. See, you show this stuff. You don’t see the stuff. All right, so what happened when I put that on there, it went from project up here to effects and controls. And now, that’s going to show what effects you have on that layer or that whatever but you can do just like four solid, jet it out more. That was pretty cool. Grabbing it, I’ll bring it down, going to drop faster.
That’s pretty much it. All right, so this is Conner with Eminent Tech Studios. I hope you guys learned a lot. Sorry if I went fast or anything. First time doing a tutorial but you know, comment. Remember to subscribe to Eminent Tech. We’ll have more tutorial than after effects later on in different time but thank you for watching and subscribe. Don’t forger to subscribe.