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.


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


OLD After Effects was better at exporting before Cloud
Choose Composition->Add to Render Queue
Choose Edit->Templates->Output Module...
   Settings Name: vimeo
   Select Edit...
       Format: H.264
          Select Format Options...
          Video tab
               Frame Rate [fps]:  30
               Field Order:  None (Progressive)
               Pixel Aspect Ratio:  Square Pixels

               Profile: High
               Level: 720 HD 3.1+, 1080 HD 4.2+
               VBR, 1 Pass  (variable bit rate)  (CBR = Constant Bit Rate)
               scroll window down
               Target Bitrate [Mbps]  720 HD 5,  1080 HD 10, If the video looks bad increase to 15
               Maximum Bitrate [Mbps]  720 HD 10,  1080 HD 20,
               Under Advanced Settings check Set Keyframe Distance
               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
                Muliplexing:  MP4
                Steam Compatibility: Standard

Audio Output  44.1 kHz
The Render Queue Window will appear
          Click the hyperlink next to Output choose vimeo
          Click Render

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