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pedro casais
2000 photos project
on Jun 1, 2009 at 3:42:04 pm

I am about to edit a project entirely made out of stills. I am relatively new to After Effects, so I would like to ask you for recommendations to any video tutorials in the web you may recommend for customizing the after effects interface (such as big thumbnails on the clips for easy viewing, zoom in/out in timeline by keyboard shortcuts, mark in/out with keyboard shortcuts...) I'm an avid editor so I'm trying to recreate a similar work flow as much as possible.

Also, any basic tutorials that shows how to build a similar project to the one I'm doing, many photos.


Thanks,
PC


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Andy George
Re: 2000 photos project
on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:48:17 am

Pedro,
I don't envy you. Editing 2000 of anything in a composting application sounds like a nightmare to me-

If you have an extra $500 in your budget you might want to look into
Automatic duck. http://www.automaticduck.com/products/
Do your editing in Avid and then export to AE for effects and composting.

Final Cut or Adobe Premiere? Both of these applications have free
work flows to move projects from the editor to AE

I cant speak to the Premier workflow as I have never used it. I believe it is a new feature
in CS4.

For FCP you can use this free workflow http://www.creative-workflow-hacks.com/2007/04/15/final-cut-pro-to-after-ef... Not as fancy as automatic duck but you could
at least get your stills into a sequence to work on your timing before going into AE.

A script like sequencelayers.jsx avaialable here http://www.nabscripts.com/downloads_en.html
might also be helpfull if you do need to do the whole project in AE

Andy George



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pedro casais
Re: 2000 photos project
on Jun 2, 2009 at 3:31:42 am

Thanks a lot Andy,

do you recommend any good web videos for basic editing with after effects? I'll be doing the entire project with it and I need to make sure I don't skip any important steps that can complicate my life as I get closer to finish the project.

Thanks a lot,
PC


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Andy George
Re: 2000 photos project
on Jun 2, 2009 at 5:37:42 pm

Hi Pedro,

I think it's important to understand that after effects is not a editing application. It only has a few very basic editing tools. So its going to be difficult to recreate a typical editing work flow, or even find a lot of resources on the topic.

That being said it's certainly possible to do. What is your end product going to be? Are you looking to do any effects and composting or are you just trying to do some pans and zooms across images with transitions?
I don't want to beat a dead horse but if the latter is the case...I could do a couple thousand photos in imovie with pans and zooms, nice transitions, Export full HD and be done before lunch. In AE it would take considerably longer.

As far as tutorials go a quick google search found this one http://production.broadcastnewsroom.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=177768&... on how to perform slip edits and do some trimming.

Most of the "editing" functions are the most basic functions so any "introduction to AE" type of tutorial should get you started. Here is one at Video Copilot http://www.videocopilot.net/basic/

Best of luck
Andy



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pedro casais
Re: 2000 photos project
on Jun 3, 2009 at 2:45:16 am

Hi Andy,

Thanks a lot for the tips.

Does imovie work with the native resolution of the picture without rendering? If it does you just gave me the best idea. I'll check it out.

Thanks a lot.

PC


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Andy George
Re: 2000 photos project
on Jun 3, 2009 at 4:57:07 am


I would assume that the only Compression that is going to take
place to your images would be determined by the codec you use
to output your sequence. But you might want to ask someone who
knows a bit more about it. There is an imovie forum on the apple site.

http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=1307

Be sure and look into the "apply ken burns effect" to all images.
Genius little filter for this type of project-

Andy

http://www.chiselindustries.com





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pedro casais
Re: 2000 photos project
on Jun 3, 2009 at 5:15:59 am

Thanks a bunch Andy.


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