Importing Files on After Effects

October 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Thinking & Practice Tutorial 21/10/13

This tutorial explained how to import and deal with certain files when using After Effects. I imported a simple jpeg image into the programme and selected it to view it’s properties, before dragging it into the project window.

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I crated a blank composition. Once a different file kind was imported, After Effects layers the file types so you can differentiate. Clicking on the different file types tells you what the file is made of (duration, frames per second, size, encoding info, sound etc). If you are to import a PSD file it asks you if you want to keep the layers or discard them. If you choose to keep the layers then you can view them all in After Effects like in Photoshop. This allows you to create animations, for example you can tamper with the transparency of the layers and colours to make them fade in and out.

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If you want to import a sequence of images you can select Import > Multiple Files and select more than one file. If you drag the sequence onto the composition window it brings all the images into the timeline. If you then play the timeline it will play the sequence extremely fast – this is because of the automatic frame rate of the sequence. To reduce the frame rate you go into the properties of the image and reduce the number. This will allow the sequence to be viewed at a more suitable speed.

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You can import various images into After Effects but they are only linked – so we have to be cautious where we save our files.


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