Sunday, August 5, 2012

Nehemiah: The Build [Projects]

I know it's been a while since I posted here, but that's because I've been really busy this summer.  I've worked on a bunch of video's that I'd like to write about here, but I just haven't had the time.  I'm currently waiting for a wedding video to render, and figured now would be a good time to get started.

My goal is to build up some reference material for myself if I ever want to look back at how I did something, and also for anybody else out there trying to teach yourself how to create videos.

The Video

One of the things I've been trying to learn better lately is After Effects.  Fortunately I've been able to help build a couple sermon series intro video's for my pastor that are pretty much done entirely in AE.

The latest series is called Nehemiah: The Build.  It follows the story of Nehemiah as he leads the Jews in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem.  The main goal with this video was to portray bricks, and building material and what not.  Here's the finished product.

The Plan

Because of a couple other videos on my plate, I only had about 3 days (after work) to create this video. Due to that restraint, I ended up scrapping my original (and more complicated) plan and decided to just go with dynamic moving text.  To keep with the theme, I found a bunch of royalty free stock photographs of different types of bricks and went to work.


I found the music here on Soundcloud.  I would recommend checking out Soundcloud for all your video music needs.  In the advanced search options, you can check off that you want music using the creative commons license so that you can use it royalty free.  This song endup up being the perfect length, so I didn't even have to cut it down at all.

Closing Notes

Working with music ended up being a much more difficult task than I thought it would be in After Effects.  I was pretty rushed and you can tell there are a few transitions that don't go with the music very well.

My other mistake on this video is the animated outlines on the text.  I didn't set them correctly on the last two sets of words, so they don't really animate while on screen at all.

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