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Add dynamic motion to static design

Want to breathe life into your portfolio of work? Daniel Lazarus reveals how to present your static designs in an animated presentation on DVD.

To complete this project, you'll need some experience of converting Illustrator or InDesign documents into layered Photoshop files, and a basic understanding of CS3.

The project will start with the creation of an intro logo animation, followed by the addition of a Computer Arts Projects cover. But you can easily get creative with your own designs using the same techniques. We'll show you how to animate layers using timeline attributes and visual effects in After Effects (AE) to create exciting motion. You'll also learn about nesting (composition within a composition) and how to add 3D layers with camera motion. The compositions will be rendered and imported for editing in Premiere, where the final video will be encoded to a DVD-compatible file. We'll then author a DVD in Encore.

Ensure your AE project setting's timecode base is set to 25fps (File>Project Settings). Copy the project files from the support files to your computer, and when opening the finished AE files Ctrl-click/ right-click to replace project window footage with the disc assets.

Click here to download the support files (6.1MB)

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