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Any Adobe After Effects users here?
Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 11:27 PM on 09.26.10
->> OK, here's the story, I'm trying to teach myself Adobe After Effects CS5 for stringing together stills into TL and chop-action / stillmotion video and pretty much everywhere I look, I can find crazy advanced tutorials and discussions on AE for spinning animations out that do insane things that aren't really what I'm looking for, along with discussions on AE that presuppose a pretty thorough background in pro-level video editing...

So, here's a few questions:

Can anyone point me to some good, basic "getting started" sort of tutorials and screencasts for AE CS5?

Anyone else here also using AE CS5 for Time lapse and still shot animation and willing to share some tips?

Thanks!
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Darren Whitley, Photographer
Northwest Missouri | MO | USA | Posted: 11:57 PM on 09.26.10
->> Why wouldn't you just use FCP? I don't understand what feature it is that you need requiring use of AE. I'm fairly new to this myself but I'd just go with FCP for the stills and if you need fancy typography, I'd overlay an AE-exported typography effects package in another video track.

Lynda.com would be my suggestion for getting started.
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Gabriel Gonzalez, Photographer, Assistant
Caguas | PR | | Posted: 12:27 AM on 09.27.10
->> Check this guy out. Though it's not done in AE, I'm with Darren, if you want to create Time Lapse try Final Cut. http://philipbloom.net/category/timelapse/
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Max Simbron, Photographer, Assistant
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 12:44 AM on 09.27.10
->> Jack,

I've read previous editions of this book in my schooling and as part of my role as a broadcast graphic designer back in the day.
http://www.amazon.com/Creating-Motion-Graphics-After-Effects/dp/0240814150/...

BTW, try importing folders of images and then selecting them all and dropping them into the "new composition" icon in AE. This allows you to add several files in sequence, as individual layers, and with durations per file.

Learn time remapping so you can manipulate video to speed it up and slow it down.

Lynda.com is a good place to learn as well, given the price and amount of content it has.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact me.

Max
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 10:06 AM on 09.27.10
->> Funny, I was going to include something in the original post along the lines of:

Before you go and say "Why don't you use FCP b/c that's what 4 out of 5 weekend seminar stars say we should all be using" I am interested in After Effects for several reasons that I guess I should enumerate simply so that this doesn't turn into a stupid thread all about how FCP is the greatest thing since the 5DMII--which, Darren, you really should be using for any HD DSLR work with audio instead of the D300S you were inquiring about the other day according to something I read on a message board.

Sure, you've probably got some Nikon glass and your own reasons for asking about audio on the D300S, but really, for HD DSLR work, FCP and the 5DM2 are the way to go, or so I've heard from the flocks of wide-eyed seminar sheep. But I'll gladly give FCP a go if you two want to split the cost of it for me.

But, as it stands, I am looking for other experienced or beginner users of Adobe After Effects CS5 who want to compare notes, tips, and tricks for time lapse, HDR time lapse, chop-action, and other big pixeled still frame animations with zoom and pan and timestretch effects, seamless audio roundtripping into Adobe Soundbooth, Adobe Camera RAW image sequence integration, OpenEXR sequence import and export, etc. etc. etc. in a program which I already own as part of the CS5 Suite.

Max, much thanks for the tips. You'll be sorry you made that offer after a ways ;)
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Gabriel Gonzalez, Photographer, Assistant
Caguas | PR | | Posted: 10:32 AM on 09.27.10
->> Try this two websites for general info into AE:
http://www.videocopilot.net/ http://ae.tutsplus.com/

Video Copilot has a great forum that you may want to take a look too
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Joe Andras, Photographer
Orange County | CA | USA | Posted: 12:58 PM on 09.27.10
->> Hi Jack, in my opinion, Adobe Premiere would be better than Adobe After Effects for stringing stills together if you're simply sequencing them.

Mind you that I have used Premier to create slide shows that are tightly synchronized to the background music and not specifically for "stringing together stills into TL and chop-action / stillmotion video."
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 11:16 AM on 04.07.11
->> Tons of thanks to Max Simbron for pointing me in the right directions here and helping me tackle some of the interface and output confusions I was facing with After Effects CS5. I now think I have a basic understanding of how to wrangle this program to do what I want it to do!

Here's one of my most ambitious TL projects to date, animated and rendered through After Affects CS5.

http://vimeo.com/22051315

Max, thank you so much for the detailed emails. I truly appreciate it.
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Ethan Magoc, Student/Intern
Erie | PA | United States | Posted: 11:25 AM on 04.07.11
->> That's awesome, Jack. Great work.
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Mike Huffstatler, Photographer, Assistant
Rancho Cucamonga | Ca | United States | Posted: 11:58 AM on 04.07.11
->> Nice work on that. I would really like to learn how to do TL myself. This just gives me more motivation to do so.

BTW, did anyone else see the giant L-series lens that showed up in the lower-left around the 0:17 mark? :)
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David Harpe, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 1:42 PM on 04.07.11
->> I do a lot of timelapse and AE is the primary tool I use. Once you start digging into it, you'll find there are quite a few tools you can use to make your timelapses really really smooth. MUCH better than the simple drop-a-bunch-of-jpegs-on-the-timeline approach.
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