Archive for January, 2010

Chp 6.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2010 by billymaysisalive

1. Hot text are the blue numbers that is changeable text.

2. Soloing hides all  non-soloed layers. Locking locks down a layer making them immovable.

3. Making a layer shy hides the layer in the timeline.

4. The three types of time codes are numerical time, fps, and feet and frames.


Chp 5.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2010 by billymaysisalive

1. Compositions are storage for video, audio, and/or text which can be placed in a larger compositions.

2. They are expressed in pixels.

3. Pixels on computers are square. On a TV they are not usually square.

4. NTSC stands for Nation Television Standards Committee and is used in the US. PAL stands for Phased Alternating Line and is used in Europe.

5. FPS for NTSC is 29.97, for film it is 24 FPS, and for HD it can get up to 60 FPS.

6. It converts the duration to the next level in time (5 mins, 5 hours etc)

7. Drag and drop the footage to the new comp button.

8. The gray and white checkerboard button is the transparency grid icon.

9. The critical components of comps are the layers inside of them.

10. The stacking order of layers is that the layer that is on top of the of a layer will appear on top of that layer.

11. Null objects are objects that are used as controllers for other layers.

12. Holding down the shift key when scaling an image balances out the scale proportions.

13. To duplicate a layer you hit ctrl>d and command>d.

14. To align and distribute layers  find the align and distribute the align in the windows drop down menu and then you hit ctrl>a of command>a to selct everything and then hit the align in a line button on the align button.

15. Pre-composing is making a series of layers that can be edited as one.

16. To create markers in the timeline click the chevron on the right.

17. To navigate markers you hit the numbers on the main keyboard.

18. To play audio you hit 0 on the number pad or the rightmost button on the time controls panel.

19. To add markers to layers you hit the ‘*’ on the numpad.

20. To add comments, you double click the marker and add desired comment.

Chp 7.1-7.6

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2010 by billymaysisalive

1. Key frames originated from the days of hand drawn animation.

2. Tweening came from high payed animators sending their key frames to lesser payed animators and it is called interpolation in the digital world.

3. To preview in real time you hit the zero on the number pad.

4. The four best short cuts are home, end, page up, and page down.

5. The keyframe you want to change, if not selected, will not do anything or if something else is selected that will change.

6. The reset button will restore the layer to its original place.

7. The short cuts are opaci’t’y, ‘r’otation, ‘a’nchor points, ‘p’osition, and ‘s’cale.

8.Right click on the property then hit reset.

9. It moves things around and brings them to a certain location on the screen.

10. The opacity makes a layer more or less opaque.

11. To create jitter you hit page up and change the opacity changing it to different values.

12. The scale property resizes layers.

13. Once raster gets higher than 100% they lose quality.Raster based files are images with pixels.

Chp 7.7-7.11

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2010 by billymaysisalive

1. Animating the rotation property rotates the layer.

2. Animating the anchor property moves the layer but not the anchor point. Its important because It allows us to move the layer but keep the layer the same.

3. It is important to not animate the anchor point after animating the position because it will cause unwanted effects with the layer.

4.  A work area is the a space in the footage time line, and you set it by dragging the left work area to the desired point and the same goes for the right one.

5. Some shortcuts are ‘b’ to set the beginning  of the workspace and ‘n’ to set the end one.

6. The keyframe navigator navigates keyframes, informs if you are on a keyframe, and it inserts a duplicate key frames into the timeline.

7. Some short cuts you can use in the navigator are ‘k’ to go to the next keyframe , ‘j’ to go to the previous, ‘u’ to show all keyframes, and ‘uu’ to show all the properties that have been changed from default.

Chp 4.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2010 by billymaysisalive

1. The file menu and select import. Hitting Ctrl+I, or command+I on a mac. You can also right click on the project panel. Or you can double click on the project panel.

2. The Adobe Bridge is program that allows you to import files and preview them. One launches it by going to the file and selecting browse in the drop down menu.

3. Meta-data is a files detailed information.

4. Alpha channels is the files transparency information.

5. One of its chief jobs is to composite.

6. An image sequence is a series of still images. You would do that to render something that takes a long time since if the program tanks then it will only not save the image it was on when it stopped working.

7. The frame rate for video is 29.97, for film is 23.976. and for hi-def is 59.94

8. To create a file in the project panel you would click the folder icon at the bottom of the project panel.

9. To search or find you would select the binoculars at the bottom of the project panel.

Chp 3.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 by billymaysisalive

1. The interface is made up of panels and the toolbar.

2. The tilde key makes the the maximizes the selected panel.

3.  Open the window menu and select the mission panel from the drop down list.

4. Open the Workspace drop down menu and select new workspace. Also, one can select one of built-in workspaces and the changes made to those will remain unless reset.

5. Open the Workspace drop down menu and select reset workspace.

6. No, the files that are imported are not saved into the project. After Effects treats them as links. Because moving the files around, renaming them, or deleting them will cause After Effects to not be able to find them.

7. Increment and Save saves the file as different file names every time so that it will not overwrite the existing files.

8. Auto-save saves a project after a certain amount of time.

Chp 1 and 2.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2010 by billymaysisalive

1. When something has gone into the public domain, its copyright has expired.

2. In the folder named exercises.

3. It calls them footage and they are placed in the project panel.

4. Ones creativity is the key ingredient.