MASTERCLASS - SEPTEMBER 2007      
Welcome to our Masterclass monthly HD 1280 720 projects for SEPTEMBER 2007 - Available to our Professional members
Please note these downloads will only be available for a limited time period so be sure to save all content these are not listed on our web site be quick !


Filmstrip    70 Second duration perfect visual loop
This Real World effect is provided in HD format with all Encore HD menus and After effects background constructor V7.0 onward
The purpose of this package is to allow creation of a functional DVD HD menu which will include the scrolling refective background shown above
replacing the images shown with your content ( image only ) in each of the respective video windows.
You will require to have after effects v7.0 or later together with adobe encore and photoshop HD capable

LETS get started, for this project you will learn to work between Photoshop and After effects
STEP 1  Download  the pack which includes all necessary files including the illustrated motion background
STEP 2 install the supplied font
STEP 3 open the filmstrip.aep file into after effects
HOW ITS DONE.......
This technique utilises a single film strip image (PSD) which is scrolled across the screen, the film strip image contains each of the displayed images which you can see above.
Have a look at the composition layers, the filmstrip image was imported and then in the composition it has been duplicated and horizontally placed in the various layers to flow continuously across the screen by utilising the positional keyframe feature of After Effects.
After this scroll effect was completed the respective filmstrip layers were, each duplicated, flipped vertically, positioned and then the reflective bottom window has been masked to create the shade effect the mask can be seen by clicking on the layer in the timeline and by opening the mask settings you can identify that a vertical feather of around 100-200 has been applied to each window mask.
by moving the mask vertically, an increase or decrease can be obtained to the visual effect.
The motion background effect has been applied to the left corner of the window utilising the colour burn layer blending feature of AFX
STEP 4 inserting your footage

The composition may appear complex however it is very easy for you to include your images in the project, open photoshop film strip.psd image from the video holders folder
it is the key to easily including your own images.

The various layers are shown opposite, please note that AFX imports this image as a single flattened file so the layer order is not essential however please make sure to retain the frame layer as the top layer.

STEP 4a - open any image you wish to use in photo shop
From the photoshop menu choose select -All then Edit copy merged
this will place your image in the clipboard switch to the filmstrip image
STEP 4b open the layers panel as shown opposite
mouse click on the image1 layer to make it active as shown in blue

STEP 4c CTRL+ mouse click on the image layer thumb to load the image selection as shown Ensure you click the image thumbnail as illustrated with the hand cursor over the thumbnail.
if you complete this correctly the photo will be highlighted with the selection border
STEP 4d Choose Edit - paste into This will paste your image into the selection
choose edit- transform - scale to adjust the size of your image to the correct visual appearance use the drag handles to resize to fit the existing window.
press enter to apply the transformation.
repeat this process for each image layer, replacing with your content
save the file when complete.

 

     
     



Return to the after effects project

STEP 5 On the project window Simply right click on filmstrip.psd and choose reload footage, at this point notice how both top and bottom windows now contain your footage, preview the project to ensure all is well.
STEP 6 export the composition by adding to render queue the export format is really to your preference
please note that this will create the motion video background which will be imported to encore to act as the menu background.

STEP 7 open adobe encore and create a new HD 1280 720 25 project then import as a menu- the File filmstrip_enc_hd.psd
import as an asset your created motion background and the audio if you wish from the dvd menus and audio folders

STEP 8 using the pick whip tool select the respective imported asset for the video and audio menu backgrounds

The project is now ready to accept all your content


MASTERCLASS - These projects are pixel perfect we guarantee that what you see is what you get + more,
if however, any problems arise in your production we will, within 24 hours have this rectified to your satisfaction !.
Signed

Robert Dickie
Digital Video Team Managing Director

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