Archive for September, 2011

Controlling keyframe placement with Pin to Clip

You can only move a keyframe past clip limits with "Pin to Clip" disabled.

You can only move a keyframe past clip limits with "Pin to Clip" disabled. Here, a scale keyframe is pulled past a dissolve.

Recently on the Creative Cow forum, editor Carl Schuubiers had a question about keyframe placement during a dissolve. Carl was dissolving between two photos being moved “Ken Burns style” with Position and Scale keyframes. He had no trouble when doing the original moves by placing the keyframes at the very edges of the clip. However, when he added a dissolve to a motion control move like this, he could see the outgoing clip stop and the incoming clip start during the animation. Carl didn’t want this. What he wanted to do was place the keyframes placed outside of the dissolve, so the viewer couldn’t see stops and starts, making the animation appear smoother and more seamless.

There is only one problem with the idea of placing keyframes outside of the dissolve. By default, you can’t move the keyframes beyond the clip limits in the Effects tab of the Source panel. So how do you move keyframes outside the clip limits so that you could achieve a smooth motion control move?

Fortunately Ann Bens, Premiere Pro editor extraordinaire had this to offer, “Uncheck Pin to Clip” in the panel menu in the upper right area of the Source Monitor. This will give you room to adjust the keyframes in the Source panel. Great! Now you have access to keyframes outside the clip’s limits and can place them just where you want.

To add to Ann’s advice, adjust the magnification in the Effects tab of the Source panel in the lower left corner of the Effects tab so that you can see beyond the clip’s limits and then will be able to manipulate the keyframe as you see fit.

More info on this topic can be found in Adobe Premiere Pro Help.

New Kinetic Typography course by Angie Taylor and Video2Brain

A brand new course for creating kinetic typography has been released by After Effects maven Angie Taylor and produced by Video2Brain. Kinetic typography is a technique of mixing motion and text to express ideas using video animation, music and speech. Angie Taylor is an expert in this realm and is the perfect person to guide you through kinetic typography techniques. In this tutorial series, you’ll work through a real-world project, create and animate layers in After Effects, use 3D space to create eye-popping animations, how to set up Photoshop and Illustrator files for use in After Effects and much more.

Here are some free video excerpts for you to check out:

Setting up Photoshop files for kinetic typography

Setting up Photoshop files for kinetic typography

Editing and looping audio
Using variables in Photoshop
Creating turbulent noise
Using the stroke effect

Installed codecs in Adobe Media Encoder

The codecs found in Adobe Media Encoder depend on the application or bundle that is installed.

The codecs found in Adobe Media Encoder depend on the application or bundle that is installed.

Adobe Media Encoder is the hub for encoding media from Adobe media applications. There is one point of confusion for our customers, however, and that is that there are varying forms of Adobe Media Encoder, depending on which application or suite you have installed.

The codecs that are found in Adobe Media Encoder depend on which version of Creative Suite or standalone program that is installed. So, while a codec might be installed in one version of Adobe Media Encoder, it might not be found in another. This has a lot to do with licensing fees that are paid to creators of certain codecs. So, how do you find out which codecs are installed in your version of Adobe Media Encoder?

Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5, and later enables the following import and export formats when installed by any Adobe CS5.5, and later application or suite.

Import Formats
Video: AVI, DV, FLV, F4V, Animated GIF (Windows Only), MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MXF, MXF OP1a (CS5.0.2 and later), QuickTime, WMV, P2/AVC Intra, RED RAW (R3D), Video for Windows (AVI, WAV; on Mac OS, requires QuickTime player), Windows Media (WMV, Windows only)

Still-image: Photoshop (PSD), Bitmap, Cineon/DPX (CIN, DPX), GIF, Icon File (ICO), JPEG, PICT, PNG, Targa, TIFF. Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 can also import files of any still-image format as a sequence.

Audio: Advanced Audio Coding (AAC, M4A), AIFF, ASND (Soundbooth Format), QuickTime, MP3, AVI, WAV (on Mac OS, requires QuickTime Player), WMA (Windows only), WAV

Export Formats
Video: H.264, FLV, F4V

Audio: MP3

If you have Master Collection, Production Premium, Premiere Pro, or After Effects installed, these additional import and export formats are enabled.

Import Formats
Video: DV100, DV50, MPEG4 part 2, XDCAM HD, JPEG 2000, MJPEG, MPEG2, Uncompressed AVI, VC1

Audio: AMR

Export Formats
Video/Image: MPEG-2, MPEG-2 DVD, MPEG-2 Blu-ray, MPEG-4, P2 (MXF), MXF OP1A (Adobe Media Encoder CS5.0.2), QuickTime movie (MOV; requires QuickTime), Windows Media (WMV; Windows only), Video for Windows (AVI; Windows only)

Still-image: Bitmap (BMP; Windows only), DPX, GIF (Windows only), JPEG, PNG, Targa (TGA), TIFF (TIF)

Audio: AIFF, MP3, Waveform (WAV), Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), AC3 Dolby audio (except After Effects standalone version)

For more information about supported import file formats, see this page in Adobe Media Encoder Help. For more information about supported export file formats, see this page in Adobe Media Encoder Help.

Now when you encode media using Adobe Media Encoder you’ll know exactly the codecs you should expect to see.