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Integrating Titles and Graphics into Footage in After Effects

In this series of tutorials, we'll talk about some different ways to integrate titles and graphics into moving footage.
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Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 19, 2014
Duration
1h 32m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 19, 2014
Duration
1h 32m
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Description

In this series of tutorials, we'll talk about some different ways to integrate titles and graphics into moving footage. We will start with a problematic shot containing a large body of water that is hard to track. We'll use the 3D camera tracker built into After Effects to give us tracking information. Next we'll figure out what we can do to anchor the 2D text without using the water in our shot and how to make our text look like it belongs there. Next we'll utilize the ability to extrude text with the Ray-traced renderer to create a more 3D looking title with lights and shadows for our city scene. And finally we'll create an animated graphic that we'll integrate into a nature scene and learn how to overcome time-mapped footage when using the camera tracker. By the end of this training, you will have an understanding of how the 3D camera tracker works, how to get around some of the limitations of using the Ray-traced 3D renderer, and a few ways that can help your titles and graphics look more integrated in your own projects.

About the author
About the author

Alex is a motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Starting out his career in illustration and design gave Alex a firm foundation in the more traditional forms of art. As he refined his skills, he eventually was pulled into the world of motion animation, as well as product design. It was there that Alex was able to take his artistic skills to new heights and really develop himself as a well-rounded CG artist.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, I'm Alex with Digital-Tutors, and this series of tutorials will talk about some of the different ways to integrate titles and graphics into moving footage. We'll start with a problematic shot containing a large body of water that is hard to track. We'll use the 3D camera tracker built in to After Effects to give us tracking information. Next, we'll figure out what we can do to anchor the 2D text without using the water in our shot and how to make our text look like it belongs there. Next, we'll utilize the ability to extrude text with the Ray-traced renderer to create a more 3D-looking title with lights and shadows for our city scene. And finally, we'll create an animated graphic that will integrate into our nature scene and learn how to overcome time- remapped footage when using the camera tracker. Before we get started, Digital-Tutors would like to thank Dissolve and the contributor Spotmatik and Stock Footage for their videos that were used in this series of lessons. You can access these same videos and thousand of others at dissolve.com. With the help of this footage, by the end of this course, you'll have an understanding of how the 3D camera tracker works, how to get around some of the limitations of using the Ray-traced 3D renderer, and a few ways that can help your titles and graphics look more integrated in your own projects. So let's go ahead and get started by setting up our first project.