Well it's been quiet around here so I thought I'd share a little bit about what I've been working on for the last few days. I'm doing a custom intro 100% in After Effects based on a bunch of tutorials over at www.videocopilot.net
. Much thanks goes to Andrew Kramer of the aforementioned site for sharing these amazing tutorials, and Eubank for turning me on to the place. I did my first test render of the complete ~25 second sequence this evening and minus a few glitches to be worked on it's coming together well. There's no audio in the AE project, but I'm planning on muxing that in later.
So basically, it starts out looking like a Universal intro. The earth spins in space starting over Africa and over 6 seconds we cross the Atlantic until Florida is pretty much centered. I'm thinking about adding the opening portion of the Universal audio so that people will be expecting the text to come swinging around "any second now"
. This portion was based on a tutorial here: http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/the_blue_planet/
Coincidentally, the Earth map texture used in that tutorial is the same one we all got from Peerless Productions "way back when" to start the Universal intro. I'm thinking the Levy brothers have spent some time at Videocopilot
At this point there's a glitchy "twitch" in the footage (and the audio, when I add that later) and suddenly the camera starts falling into the earth, specifically right towards Florida. The ground is zooming up towards us with the camera shaking from turbulence in the atmosphere. We break through two layers of clouds and what's that coming into view but my neighborhood, and my house! The camera's rotation levels out and the shaking subsides as we glide gently down to ground level. Again, all of this based on a tutorial here (though I should mention the tutorial runs in reverse, zooming from a house to outer space): http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/earth_zoom/
At this point, a liquidy transition starts at the outside of the screen and bleeds it's way towards the center, such that the last thing covered up is my house. It's not a bleed to black though, rather a bleed to a nice textured background. Just as the house disappears an off-angle title plate fades into view and rotates to be square with the camera. The plates says "Herndon Theaters" of course, and neat viney designs "grow" out from it while particles start flying out from behind it. As before, all of this based on a tutorial here: http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorial...y_title_plate/
. At this point I'm thinking of closing with the final bits of the Universal audio to allude back to how the whole video started.
I highly recommend that anyone interested in working outside of Blender check out Videocopilot.net. There are over 70 tutorials that Andrew has posted for free and they are extremely informative. With a little creativity and some trial and error I've strung three of his short tutorials into a full custom theater intro, and learned a ton about After Effects in the process. I've attached some screenshots (there will be 6 total) to show the flavor of the intro, but if you really want to see the components in motion go watch the free tutorials!
The first 3 shots show the Earth view from space, a view of Florida mid-fall as we're passing through the first cloud bank, and a view as we level out and start gliding towards my neighborhood. In the 2nd shot the splotch in the lower left is Lake Okeechobee if you're trying to get your bearings. I realize the clouds don't look too great over the water, but you only see them for a few frames so in motion it's not noticeable. In the third shot that's not a runway on the left hand side, it's actually Interstate 95.