SKILL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE
-Adobe After FX (Version 5+)
-Still or video camera
Step 1: Startup Adobe After FX and import whatever footage you’re going to use. Create a new composition based on the size and length of your footage and name it Complete Scene. This will be the Composition that consists of your background. Create a new composition called Transmission.
Step 2: Add the footage of the person doing the instant transmission into your Transmission composition. Since you’re going to have the person transmit out, you’ll need to have footage that has no background, just the person on it. There are basically two ways of doing this. Either you can film against a greenscreen or you could create a mask inside After FX. I’m not going to cover masking or keying out greenscreen, which would be a lengthy tutorial on its own. NOTE: If you don’t have a third party plug-in to do your keying (highly recommended), here is a tutorial that does an awesome job without plug-ins.
Step 3: You should now have your footage of the person with the background completely removed. From here go up to Effect-Distort-Wave Warp. Change the Wave Type to Noise, Wave Height to 0, Wave Width to 100, Direction to –45 degrees, and Wave Speed to 0.
Step 4: Go to Effect-Blur-Radial Blur and set the amount to 0 for now.
Step 5: Make sure your footage is selected in the Timeline window and then hit E on your keyboard (See pic below). Click the arrow next to the Wave Warp effect. Move ahead to the frame in your composition where you want the effect to begin and create keyframes for Wave Height and Direction. Move ahead 5 frames and change the height to 5 and direction to 90 degrees. Move forward in your timeline again, this time 10 frames and change the height to –300 and the direction to 55. NOTE: Remember where your Wave Warp keyframes are placed, they’ll be used to place your Opacity keyframes
Step 6: Move to where your second keyframe for the Wave Warp is. Click the arrow next to the Wave Warp effect to roll it back up, and then roll down the Radial Blur effect. Create a keyframe for Amount and move forward 10 frames. Change the amount to 118.
Step 7: Again with your footage selected in the Timeline window, hit T on your keyboard to bring up the Opacity settings. Create a keyframe about 3 frames after your second Wave Warp keyframe. Move forward in your timeline until you reach the time where your last Wave Warp keyframe is and change the opacity to 0.
Step 8: Hit S on your keyboard to bring up the Scale settings. Create a keyframe at the same time position your second Wave Warp keyframe was put. Move ahead 10 frames and change the horizontal scale only to somewhere between 2 and 10.
Step 9: The last thing you need to do is to add your Transmission composition to your Complete Scene composition. To do this simply open your Complete Scene comp and drag your Transmission comp into it. That’s it. Click here for a sample test. This was a quick test done on a still photo.
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