I use Adobe After Effects to generate video corrections and to add animations and other effects in video:
- When using still image photography:
- Video Formate SD (4:3) HD (16:9)
- Use a grid for reference (TV Safe)
- Video resolution SD: 729×480, HD 1920x1080px
- Use larger images for camera moves
- Font Size—no smaller than 18-24 pt.
- Bright Colors are troublesome. Avoid bright red because it bleeds. “!” indicates color problems.
- Interfield Jitter—will occur with hard horizontal lines
- May occur with other cript details
- May not be visible until video export
- Use a .3-.6 gaussian blur to correct
- Animation and Visual Effects:
- 2D Animation (Flash/AfterEffects)
- 3D Animation (Maya)
- Effects created by video transitions
- After Effects/Motion (Apple):
Video libraries are expensive so look for it in your software library first. If you don’t have it, make it yourself. If you can’t, find free sources. Then buy it:
- After Effects has a large “out-of-the-box” library.
- 3rd-party plug-in library: trapcode.com by Red Giant
- Royalty Free Stock Footage: ArtBeats.com
- Royalty Free Stock Footage: Getty Images
Good examples of After Effects use in film:
- Iron Man — Garvis and suit.
- Stranger Than Fiction — All the fictiony stuff.
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World — All call outs.