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Using Animation Presets

Chapter Description

When you apply an effects preset, it can contain multiple effects that already use specific settings and may be a combination of effects that produce a specific result. In this sample chapter from Learn Adobe After Effects CC for Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, learn how to save time with animation presets.

Starting the Project

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To start learning the effects in this chapter, first set up the project:

  1. Create a new After Effects project as you’ve learned in previous chapters, and save it in the ch3 folder as preset.aep.

  2. Create a new composition as shown in Video 3.2.

  3. Import the two video files in the lesson files folder for Chapter 3. Remember to keep your files organized as you build this project. You can start by moving the two video files into their own folder in the Project panel. In Video 3.2, the folder is named media.

  4. Create a new composition. In Video 3.2, the composition is named preset bg and uses the NTSC DV preset, but you can use a different name and preset if you want.

    The NTSC DV preset used in Video 3.2 is an older standard that was widely used in North America for early standard definition, non-widescreen digital video in the 2000s. Today, NTSC DV has been replaced by HDTV standards.

  5. Put the composition in its own folder in the Project panel.

  6. Create a new solid at the default size (the composition size) with a white color, and name it Background (Figure 3.1).

    FIGURE 3.1

    Figure 3.1 The new project, composition, and solid set up in After Effects

    As you learned in Chapter 2, a solid is commonly chosen to create a layer for use as a background for effects.

  7. Start Adobe Bridge. You can use any of the methods suggested in Chapter 1 to start Bridge, such as using the application launchers, shortcuts, or search features of your operating system.

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