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First week using After Effects

24/09/2020

As you can see above, we have started using Adobe's After Effects!


This is a completely new program to me and I have no previous experience in using it. So this was equally exciting and terrifying.


Firstly, we learnt about key frames. Keyframes are used to move the object on the screen. To do this, you create 2 keyframes, you do not need to change the first one. However, if you move the object at the second keyframe, the object will move from it's position in the first key frame and move to the second keyframe's position. As can be seen in the first clip. Depending on how close the keyframes are together, the speed can change. Basically, if the key frames are far away from each other, it will take longer for the object to move to the second position.


We also practiced ease in and ease out which effects how the object moves during the sequence. So ease out makes the object move slower at the start and speed up near the end while the ease in is the opposite.


In the next task, we are given four blocks and requested to show: Anticipation and Overshoot.

To show anticipation, I made the block move backwards before shooting forwards. This was done by and a third keyframe. One for the starting position, one to go backwards and finally, one for the ending position. For overshoot, I did the same, except the second keyframe is actually further away for the starting point than the ending point.


For the arc, we started using rotation, just like with the last block in in the previous task. To make the arc, I used a combined shape of two circles and a block. The anchor point has been moved to the end of the block with the smaller circle instead of the middle of the block. This helps a lot since we then don't have to also change the position of the shape while it moves.

I also use ease in and out as it reaches the end of the arcs.


The last simple task is squash and stretch. Here we had to change the scale of the shape while keeping the mass equal to the original shape. To do this I made sure that if I increased the scale in one direction, I decrease it in the other direction.


To finish this all off, we made a bouncy ball which includes: keyframes, movement, ease in, ease out, squish and stretch. The ease in and out is when the ball reaches the top of the curve and the squish and stretch is seen when the ball reaches the ground.



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