After Effects: Constructing Our Ident

28/02/2014 § Leave a comment

After we had finished with our filming, which was quite hard considering what we wanted to include, we then had to create the video. I hadn’t had a lot of experience with video editing software until I started University (unless Windows Movie Maker counts) so I was a little nervous at how well we could make the footage look on quite basic knowledge of After Effects. There were only a couple of things we needed Jay to help with which surprised us! He was more than happy to give us a hand and after about 6 hours, we finally had all of our footage edited, cropped, cut down, positioned and ready to work with.

Having a 25 second limit was proving difficult as one of our videos (our favourite one) was over 55 minutes long! Obviously we cut it down as best we could and managed to get it to around 14 minutes. This is when we called Jay over, he taught us how to speed up, or fast-forward, the clips and shorten them to around 5 seconds:


Speeding Up A Video:

  • After you’ve imported your video and cut it down as best you can, you need to right click on the file, go to ‘time’ and click ‘time stretch’. As our video was particularly long we needed it as fast as possible so we entered 1% into the stretch factor box:
  • It’s still a little too long for our short ident so we then had to do a couple more steps. Right click on the file again and press ‘pre-compose’ and select the second option of “Move all attributes to new composition” as this creates a new layer that holds the shortened video content. The file bar should now have turned brown.
  • Finally, repeat the first step again except don’t enter 1% this time, enter your chosen duration instead. Voila!

Saving the file:

Saving the file might sound a little simple, but previously we’ve been creating animations and we just wanted to make sure that the settings were correct before finalising it.

  • First off, go to the top menu bar to select composition and ‘Add to Render Queue’.
  • The queue box appears at the bottom of your screen and we need to edit the ‘Output Module’ first so select LOSSLESS. The output settings box appears, select ‘Format Options’  and from the drop-down ‘Video Codec’ menu choose H.264.
  • finish off

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