IMPORTING

  • beginning with a layered photoshop file
  • FILE > IMPORT > photoshop file AS COMPOSITION
  • new comp will appear in your PROJECT window
  • double click on the comp to open layers in TIMELINE window
  • COMPOSITION > COMPOSITION SETTINGS > adjust length of your film (we are doing 2 x 30 second films)

EDITING

  • twirl down menu below each layer to open TRANSFORM > here you can adjust ANCHOR POINT, POSITION, SCALE, ROTATION, OPACITY
  • additional EFFECTS are in the EFFECTS
  • you can add changes to the layer throughout the full timeline, or you can have changes occur over time
  • KEYFRAMES are like staples, they will hold adjustments in place at a certain spot on your timeline
  • make sure to SAVE your AE composition on your external harddrive
  • also save your media cache (the default will place it on the Mac hard drive, and you will not find your work if you change computers)
  • AFTER EFFECTS > PREFERENCES> MEDIA & DISK CACHE > CHOOSE FOLDER

EXPORTING

  • After you are done editing and have saved your AE comp
  • EXPORT > ADD TO ADOBE MEDIA ENCODER QUEUE
  • in Media Encoder, use these settings
  • FORMAT > H.264
  • PRESET > MATCH SOURCE -HIGH BITRATE
  • OUTPUT FILE > select your external harddrive
  • push GREEN ARROW
  • you should see your film rendering (it will look slow) in the encoding preview window