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1.2 Adobe After Effects Setup

In this lesson, we will go through my setup, and I’ll give you a brief explanation of the tools you will need to complete the course. You will also learn how to import the necessary files (such as texture graphics) into Adobe After Effects and how to prepare your composition.

I will also introduce you to Envato Elements and point out similar video templates which are available with your subscription.

1.2 Adobe After Effects Setup

Hi everyone and welcome back to How To Create a Cinematic Text Animation in After Effects. In this lesson, we'll go through our initial setup and familiarize ourselves with the tools we'll be using throughout the course. If you're already familiar with using After Effects, you can simply skip to the next video now to get started on preparing your cinematic text animation. So we will get started by loading up the same workspace as what we have here. And to do this we can go to window, workspace and default. You'll also notice that we have some other options here to experiment as well. But let's go ahead and stick with the default option for now. Cool, so now that we have our workspace loaded let's go ahead and go into a quick introduction of what we're looking at here. So this workspace is made out of panels and frames. So these tabs here such as project, effective controls, composition, info, audio, etc. They are all called panels and they are placed within these frames here. So project and effect control are placed within this frame here. Composition has master center frame here, and so on. So we can move these panels into different areas of the work space, by grabbing onto the panel here like so. So if I grabbed preview here, and clicked and dragged it along our work space, you can see now that different areas of the work space are highlighted. So if I clicked and dragged it back here you'll see that it's in the same position here. And if I click and dragged it into the center where a sensor frame here you'll now notice that we've got two tabs inside our center frame. So we've moved preview into the center frame here. So let's go ahead and move that back into its original position. You'll also see that we've got different drop zones. So if I move effects and presets around. So we moved into the center here which means that it appears inside the frame. But if we moved it to the side of the drop zone area here, you'll see now that we've moved it into in between two frames like so. Cool. So let's go back and place this panel back in it's original place and let's go ahead and go into what we're looking at here. So in the default workspace you'll mainly be focused on four different areas. The left area will be the project panel here and this is where you'll find all the resources of the project such as imported files, logos and texture files that you've created. The bottom area will be where all your layers are kept and where the timeline of the composition is. And the sensor area is where you can preview your animation video. And finally we've got the right area here which is where you will find things such as the effects and presets which we are moving around just now. And the preview option which is what we will be using in most of this course. Cool, so now that we're familiar with After Effects, let's take a look at the type of animation we'll be creating. Under elements, you can find a wealth of videos and After Effects templates to download. There are lots of examples and variations of cinematic title animations. If you have an account with Elements, you can check them out. And here are some examples. So we have the particle trailer title here, so let's take a look at this. Very cool. And we have another example here, the cinematic trailer which is very similar to the one that we'll be creating. And a last one here, the action trailer. So make sure you check them out if you have an account, and they'll give you some inspiration for creating your own version. In the next lesson, we'll make a start by creating the text for the cinematic title animation. See you all there.

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