Video Production Automation.
Digital video editing and video production is more
complicated than you might think. Even
though you can film video without getting
into a lot of editing or
graphics work, it is possible to do
more sophisticated effects that require a
lot of technical skills.
While studying After Effects I found many
opportunities to put my developer skills to
use in video production. The Professional
version of After Effects supports scripting.
process of creating a new composition with
text layers. You can programmatically create
keyframes and set properties for a large
number of objects making it possible to
create complicated animations that would be
too time consuming to create manually.
After Effects also has Expressions, a
modifying parameters based on other
parameters. This can be used to coordinate
changes in parameters so you can tie the
scaling of an object to its rotation.
Then there are After
Effects plug-ins that make it possible to
pull in text from external sources for
titling and plug-ins for creating animated
charts based on your current data.
After Effects works best with vector
graphics. Vector graphics can be used to
create mask shapes, track mattes, and
stencils. They can also be converted into
3D objects. In order to create vector
graphics for video you need to learn Adobe
Illustrator and master its many pen tools
for creating paths. There are also other
vector graphic formats like SVG and WMV
which can be converted to AI files.