Importing

After Effects: Importing

This guide will give you step-by-step instructions to importing media into After Effects.

Guide

  1. Open After Effects, then choose File > Import > File to import the files you want to work with. You can also choose Multiple Files if you want to keep the import dialogue box open (click Done when you want to close it).
  2. Find and select a file, then choose how you want to import it:
    import_as.png
    • Choose Footage to import video, audio or images as a single clip.
    • Choose Composition to import a layered image, keeping each layer separate and setting their size to the size of the file. This is useful when you want to rotate layers around the centre of the image.
    • Choose Composition - Cropped Layers to import a layered image, keeping each layer separate and setting their size to the size of that layer. This is useful when you want to rotate layers around their own centre.
  3. If you choose Footage for a layered image, you will get a second dialogue box where you can confirm your choice of Footage or Composition, as well as choose whether to merge the layers (flatten) or import a single layer. If you choose a single layer, you can choose whether it is the Document Size, or cropped to the Layer Size:
    choose_layers.png

Tips

  • Organise and prepare the files you will be using before importing them into After Effects.
  • Move/save them all into one folder (with sub-folders if needed) where you will also save the After Effects project.
  • You can import a whole folder by selecting it and clicking Import Folder.
  • Resize images if they are a larger pixel size than you need them - this will help After Effects render faster.
  • Rename the layers in Photoshop and Illustrator files so they are descriptive of that layer's content - this will help you when you are animating.

Links

Adobe TV video training for After Effects CS4
Adobe TV - where you can watch lots of videos on Adobe software
Tutorials on keying - removing part of a layer
Video Copilot video tutorials for After Effects
Adobe support for After Effects

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