This course will teach you how to use Adobe Premiere and help you to learn After effects to create a title sequence for popular serial dramas like The Walking Dead. We model the course content on the popular AMC show, The Walking Dead, as it covers a lot of the fundamentals that go into creating great title sequences.
Not only will we look at the technical aspects of using these great pieces of software, we’ll also look at a whole load of other areas, like; the basics of editing, the do’s and don’ts of these kind of projects, how to edit to music, crossing between Premiere and After Effects to leverage the best of both programs, stabilizing your footage, color correction, 3D Camera tracking and all sorts of other great things to hopefully give you the tools to make your own title sequence and to learn about the workflow between Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects.
By the end of this course you will know how to create our example title sequence and you’ll be able to apply the new and awesome skills you’ve learned to your own project.
The course includes all the raw footage and music for you to follow along with.
Some of the areas we will be covering, include:
In this course, we'll be learning how to use Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere by creating a title sequence, similar to the Walking Dead. Don't be afraid though! Our expert tutor Evan Abrams will guide you every step of the way. Let's take a look and what we'll be doing in this course...
Although we are going to learn after effects, we start the course by getting used to the other programs we will be using, in this case, Adobe Premiere. Evan, our tutor, goes through everything from opening up Adobe Premier and setting up your entire project with our footage - don’t forget to grab all of the footage used in this project so that you can follow along, which you can find below.
NOTE: ALL COURSE ASSETS ARE ATTACHED TO THIS LESSON.
We look at familiarizing you with everything you will need in Premiere to know how to get around software and complete this project and of course, use these skills on your own projects. We look at our work spaces and how to set them up specifically for the different uses of Premiere like Audio, assembling footage and our favorite work space, editing. Importing and then organizing your footage is a process you should get used to from the outset. It saves time and stress later in your project, it’ll help keep you sane and stop you punching a hole in your wall. Evan will go through the process of importing image sequences for time lapses, audio and footage.
Next, we move on to creating sequences, the differences between sequence presets and how to create the best sequence for your footage and project. There are a few ways to create a sequence and a preset is not always the best way. Now we have all of our footage imported and our sequence setup, we move on to the timeline. What do all those fancy buttons do? What is snapping? What are all those tools? Well, Evan will give you an overview of what they are, when and how to use them...he’ll even show you some sneaky shortcuts. There’s a few ways to correctly import your footage to your timeline depending on whether you want audio, video or both. Finally, we briefly look at the built in effects and transitions that Premiere provides, where to find them and how to apply them to your footage.
Listen to the music. We need to know what we’re editing to! What we’re hearing will drive what we expect to see. So, close your eyes and listen to the music over and over again so you have a clear picture of where you would expect changes, motion, speed to be applied to your project.
As we listen through the music to find the points we want to use for any changes, we can add markers or edit points. Evan goes through his process to show you how he would go about marking the audio up ready to edit the footage.
We briefly touched on putting footage into the timeline in lesson 1. Here, Evan goes into more detail about moving footage from the project window into the timeline, via the source window. We also go into a little bit about editing to the narrative, which is always important.
Evan starts to add footage to the timeline and roughly edit in the sequence, so we can start to see how are title sequence will look. Some of our footage, like time lapses and footage that has been sped up, will be placed in our timelines solely so we can rough in our footage. Later, we will link through to After Effects and edit the time lapse and sped up footage.
Once we have our footage all roughed in to the timeline, Evan reviews the choices he has made and why. We look at the footage and make sure that, even though there is no obvious narrative, we are still taking our viewers on a journey through the title sequence.
This is the part of the course where we start to take some of the clips from our timeline and move over into Adobe After Effects, so that we have more options when editing the footage. Evan gives a brief overview of the AE work space and then starts to move over footage from our Premiere Project.
The first piece of footage Evan moves over is one of the time lapse pieces. We go through how to re position and scale the footage to the desired size and position. To have more control over the footage, we start to look at the properties and how we can use these to get the exact look we’re. We also start to look at animating this footage using key frames.
Next, we move onto some more exciting effects like stabilization, we go through the process of getting the footage over to After Effects and stabilizing it. We also look at the properties of stabilization and how to do things like smoothing and preserving scales. To give one of our time lapses a different look, we start to look into how to use 3D space and what we can do with it, Evan shows you how to create a new camera to allow us to take full advantage of this new look. To help us with this effect, we start to use feathered masks.
Adding text to the footage can be quite tricky, especially if you want to do it in a way that makes it look like it is part of the footage. Evan goes through the process of adding text in 3D space. There’s no point in doing all of this work if the text is simple and boring. So we go through a few ways to spice it up a little, like blending modes.
Adobe After Effects has a huge library of tricks and techniques, so in this lesson, Evan takes us through a few more in depth things we can do to learn After Effects to a higher standard for our projects.
Some of the effects we want to use on this footage rely on having a full frame rate to process, so the first thing we’re going to do is stretch out our footage, back to it’s original length. We also need to make the composition larger to accommodate all of the footage.
To add text into this scene, we start out with the camera tracker, which gives us the option to apply a number of effects based on the data we get when we run the tracker. Evan talks us through the stages and properties we can set to make analysing the footage much easier for After Effects, giving us a better end product. Now we have this data, what do we do with it? There’s a lot of cool stuff we can now do, so Evan talks us through how we can apply this to text.
In order to speed the clip up so that it is the same speed as we originally roughed out, we look at time remapping in After Effects. But! Before we do that, we need to pre-compose the composition so that we can apply some time remapping to all of the layers in the composition.
The last thing we do in this lesson, is to add a couple of tweaks to make this effect much more believable. For a start, we add some forced motion blur.
Now that we know the workflow of moving footage from Premiere to After Effects, we’re going to do the opposite. We will show you how to create title cards in After Effects and move this over to Premiere. We start off by creating a composition that we will create the title card from. We add some text and edit it to have the look we’re after. We also need to animate the text into our sequence, so Evan talks through some options, like animating opacity and the massive amount of properties we have for just this one effect.
We have our title, now we need to make it a little less boring. We get to be a little more creative now and bring in some textures. Next, Evan works a few effects into the background texture using curves - which you’ll be familiar with if you’ve used Photoshop before.
To make this title more interesting, we should add some movement to the title and why not do that in 3D space! Evan quickly adds in movement to the background and text to make it appear as if it’s coming towards you.
We also add in some grunge and dust using the CC Particle World effect, which as you’ll see, has a huge amount of scope as to what you can do with it. We go into the physics and properties of the particle simulator to see what we can do before we settle on a final look. We will always be thinking about the overall look, the thematic consistency that will really make your work stand out. So, we add in a new adjustment layer and start to work with the different tones of the piece.
Once we have something we’re happy with, we look at how to move this title over to our sequence in Premiere.
In the final part of our epic voyage to learn after effects we’re going learn about colour grading and colour correcting (there is a difference!) and how to apply this to our footage. We will also look at how to export our footage ready to be released into the wild.
Our title sequence doesn’t have much consistency as the footage was taken in different places with different lighting, so we look at grading and correcting the footage to make the sequence consistent, at least making the sequence thematically consistent.
These finishing touches will make your work stand out, it’s all in that attention to the detail. We have some shots that are very light and taken in the day but this doesn’t exactly say Zombie Apocalypse. So, we look at grading this footage to be more in keeping to our theme.
A lot of the effects we’ve used are also available in Premiere, so if you don’t think you need to move your footage over to After Effects, you’ll want to know where to find them!
The very last thing we need to do, is get this sequence out of Premiere so it can be used. Evan will go through how to export your project and what to bare in mind whilst you’re setting up your export...there’s a lot of options.
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