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Lesson 2. Ballet Special Bumper > Creating a draft movie - Pg. 91

Ballet Special Bumper 91 Smoothing motion Because After Effects is creating a new keyframe for each frame as you draw using Motion Sketch, the resulting motion is often somewhat jerky. To create smoother motion you can apply The Smoother. The Smoother removes some of the keyframes based on a tolerance level that you choose, resulting in much more fluid motion. 1. 2. 3. 4. In the Time Layout window, click Position in the snowflake layer to select all of the position keyframes. Choose Window > Plug-in Palettes > The Smoother to open The Smoother control palette. For Apply To, choose Spatial Path. Set the Smoother tolerance to 10, and click Apply. Notice that in both the Composition window and the Time Layout window a number of keyframes are removed, and the direction handles in the Composition window are set to create smooth curves along the motion path. Preview the new motion using a Wireframe preview or RAM Preview. If you are not satisfied with the way The Smoother altered the motion path, choose Edit>Undo to undo the smoothing. Select the keyframes again and choose a different tolerance value. Save the project. 5. 6. 7. Creating a draft movie To see the motion of the ballet letters, you'll create a draft movie of just the letter layers. A draft movie is especially useful if you don't have enough RAM to preview the whole composition using RAM Preview. 1. Deselect the Hide Shy Layers button ( ), and then deselect the Video switches ( ) to hide the video for all layers except those containing the letters in the word ballet. For more information, see "Video, Audio, and Lock switches" . Set the end of the work area to 10:10. 2. 3. 4. 5. Choose Composition > Make Movie, type for the name, and save the file in your Projects folder. For Render Settings, choose Draft Settings. Instead of using the MoviePlayer application to view this movie, you will import it directly into your project, and then view the movie from within After Effects. For Output Module, choose Custom, and for Format, choose QuickTime Movie. Note Note: QuickTime is the default format in Mac OS. 6. 7. In Windows, the Compression Settings dialog box appears. Leave Compressor set to Anima- tion, and then click OK. In Mac OS, leave all settings at their defaults. Select Import into project when done, and then click OK.