After Effects: Basic

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In After Effects:
Choose File->Project Settings...
     Under Time Display Style, select Frames, this is easier to view than timecode.

Choose Composition->New Composition
           Input a resolution such as: width height 1920x1080, 1280x720 16:9, 1024x768 4:3
           Select Square Pixels
           Set the Frame Rate to 30 fps frames per second animation or less depending on source video
           Set Start Frame to (not 0)
           Set Duration to 150 (5 seconds) etc

Choose File->Import->File  to bring in images or movies
     If the file is an animation sequence, check TIFF sequence
     If the file has no 000 padding check Force Alphabetical order
     If the file has an alpha channel, an Interpret Footage window will pop up
          Select Premultiplied - Matted With Color: Typically black if background is black.
         
You can always change this setting later using File->Interpret Footage Main

Drag the image file icon from the Project Window into the Comp Window you just made or Timeline.
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Animate a Fade in

Set the current time to 15 frames, drag the timeline over to the right.

Choose the image in the Time Layout Window, click the triangle to the left of sequence to open properties, and click the triangle next to Transform to expand.

Click the time-vary stop watch next to Opacity to set a keyframe.

Change the current time to 1.

Click on the underlined 100% under Opacity. Change the value to 0%. This will automatically set a keyframe.

Play through the animation to view the fade in.

Try keyframing other attributes such as Scale, Position and Rotation. You can also keyframe any of the Effects.



MOV formats
PhotoJPG  (Does not work in Unity as a Video Player texture.)
This is a good format for playing video on a PC, nice blacks.

Choose Edit->Templates->Output Module...
   Settings Name: photoJPG
    Change Movie Default: to photoJPG

   Select Edit...
       Format: Quicktime
          Select Format Options...
          Video tab
               Quality:  50    OK, OK, OK

Your composition should be selected.
Choose Composition->Add to Render Queue

The Render Queue Window will appear
          Check the hyperlink next to Output Module: make sure photoJPG is selected
          Check the Output To: hyperlink to see where it is saving the movie.

          Click Render
Cap Lock will make your movie render faster

Double click the Quicktime movie outside of After Effects to view it.



H.264  (Works in Unity as a Video Player texture.)
Choose Edit->Templates->Output Module...

   Settings Name: H.264
    Change Movie Default: to H.264

   Select Edit...
       Format: Quicktime
          Select Format Options...
          Video tab
               Quality:  50    OK, OK, OK

Your composition should be selected.
Choose Composition->Add to Render Queue

The Render Queue Window will appear
          Check the hyperlink next to Output Module: make sure H.264 is selected
          Check the Output To: hyperlink to see where it is saving the movie.

          Click Render
Cap Lock will make your movie render faster

Double click the Quicktime movie outside of After Effects to view it.





Make a Vimeo Movie
Select the composition in Project menu on the left.
File->Export->Add to Adobe media Encoder Queue...


In Adobe Media Encoder:
Format H.264

Preset
Click the link for Preset  Match Source - High bitrate  or Vimeo 1080p HD or Vimeo 720p HD

Output tab
         Video tab
               Frame Rate:  30
               Field Order:  Progressive
               Aspect:  Square Pixels (1.0)

               Profile: High
               Level: 720 HD 3.1+, 1080 HD 4.2+
               VBR, 2 Pass  (variable bit rate)  (CBR = Constant Bit Rate)
               scroll window down
               Target Bitrate [Mbps]  720 HD 5,  1080 HD 16
               Maximum Bitrate [Mbps]  720 HD 10,  1080 HD 20,
               Under Advanced Settings check Set Key frame Distance  30 frames  (should equal your frame rate)
          Audio tab
               Audio Codec: AAC
               Frequency: 48 kHz
               Audio Quality:  High
               Bitrate [kbps]:  320+

         Muliplexer tab
                Muliplexer:  MP4
                Steam Compatibility: Standard