Friday, February 1, 2013

Week 4 - 3D Land

When you export from AE
So your gradients don't look like poop. (using H264)

 In lossless
Instead of choosing Quicktime Movie from Compressor,
 (the file size will be really big)
Then afterward Export from Quicktime > Export for web

Cinema 4D is better for extruding text.
It is still clunky in AE

New Composition
HDTV 1080
Set the Composition to

For Crappy
Lossless > Quicktime
      then format options > Video Codec h.264

Making an Awesome Cube
3D Space
The active Camera is the one that is actually exported.
1 View is the normal

4 View > Looks like this
You could change with window has which Camera  by selecting it and toggling to whatever you want.
Pixel Aspect Ratio
In Comp setting the pixel aspect ratio has to be set to square

Make a new solid
Layer Settings > Change the colors so each side of the cube has its own color.
Quickly rename you layers by selecting it and hit Enter - then change the name to be back, front, etc

Labels Color
(this is just to make things easier as you work)
Change the labels in Preferences>Label to color pick the layer color
Drag that color picker on top your solid in the time line to copy its color.

1. For the Z axis select the layer and hold SHIFT and Use the arrow keys. Holding Shift makes it go faster.
2. Line up all the side so it makes a cube
3. Unified Camera View - you are not actually moving the cube
unified camera
4. Drag a film onto a new comp. Stretch the film to fit the cube dimensions
 Drag that comp onto a side of the cube (one of the cube layers).

Add the video to the Cube side
Select the layer you want to replace.
Hold the ALT key and drag the replacement object (movie) onto that layer.
The video will jump onto that piece

If you have audio on the movie files that you replaced a side with. All the audio will play.
So you have to turn off the individual channels of each.


5. If you drag the cube into a new composition and hit 3D
it will still look 2d - not all the layers will be there
You have to hit the SUN icon (collapsing transformations and the 3d cube)
the cube and the sun need to be on

6. Camera
Layer > New Camera

Try adjusting Focus Distance if you cant see the cube in the Active Camera window
7. Animating the Camera
Attach it to a Null object and animate that.

Right Click the Camera > AUTO ORIENT >- Orient on Path or Point of Interest.

You can put bezier handles on the path of the camera.
 Right Click > Keyframe interpolation

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