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PostSubject: AfterEffects automation?   Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:26 pm

So I use After Effects for my smexy video distortion and such, and while
I've found it far more accessible and user-friendly than I was
expecting it to be, I'm very aware that I don't really know how to use
it to more than about 1% of its potential.

What I would really
like to know is if there is any way to "automate" effects parameters; i.e., to adjust them over the course of the clip

Because AE reminds me a lot of audio sequencing programs (e.g. Cubase) I'm sort of hopeful that there is. If so, it might save me a lot of needless pissing about, because at the moment if I want to ramp up my Slendystortion, I have to render three or four versions of the same clip with different effects parameters and then edit them together on iMovie, which is a painstaking task and a massive ballache.

Unfortunately, while AE runs better than I expected on my laptop, it still takes a long time to load up and/or render, so it's difficult to get in and experiment with it the way I would with audio stuff.

So: anyone have any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: AfterEffects automation?   Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:43 pm

What are your specs for your computer?
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PostSubject: Re: AfterEffects automation?   Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:05 pm

MacBook, Mac OS X 10.5.8, 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SCRAM

I have no idea what much of that means.
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PostSubject: Re: AfterEffects automation?   Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:23 pm

hmm alright, well i don't think i can help you with speed. Sounds like you need to run some tutorials on how to create affects. Do you have a desktop that's a little more powerful?

i tried looking up on automation, i am still researching. ill keep you apprised.
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PostSubject: Re: AfterEffects automation?   Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:35 pm

Sorry bbg...I'm incapable of doing more than turning dials and dragging contrast to full whoops.

(well...until I get my fucking computer back so I can try the new shit I think I've figured out D:<)
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PostSubject: Re: AfterEffects automation?   Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:49 pm

kingpayne007 wrote:
hmm alright, well i don't think i can help you with speed. Sounds like you need to run some tutorials on how to create affects. Do you have a desktop that's a little more powerful?

i tried looking up on automation, i am still researching. ill keep you apprised.


I do not, sadly. I kept thinking I should get one. But I'm not overly bothered about speed, tbh. It's a bit annoying but then I remember waiting 10+ minutes for my old Amstrad games to load up and figure I'm actually still getting a pretty good deal.
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PostSubject: Re: AfterEffects automation?   Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:17 pm

If it's anything like Sony Vegas (which is my program of choice) I'd look for some kind of tick mark named "Effects Envelope". I can show you screens of Vegas doing just that thing, but that's about all I've got here.
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PostSubject: Re: AfterEffects automation?   Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:54 pm

For changing an effect gradually... I'm not sure what you mean but.. Keyframing? is that what your problem is? If you just set one in one place and one in another, it will gradually apply the effect.
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PostSubject: Re: AfterEffects automation?   Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:37 pm

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For changing an effect gradually... I'm not sure what you mean but..
Keyframing? is that what your problem is? If you just set one in one
place and one in another, it will gradually apply the effect.

This sounds about right. So you'd say "at point x, I want this effect to be at this level, at point y I want this effect to be at this other level" and then it blends between the two?
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PostSubject: Re: AfterEffects automation?   Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:54 pm

Yes. It divides the progression of the effect equally across the span you created. And It doesn't have to be just x and Y. You can make as many keyframes as there are frames.
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PostSubject: Re: AfterEffects automation?   Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:43 pm

This sounds poifect. I'll have a play with it later. x
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