Our Adobe After Effects goal for the past few days was to improve on our original PauletteVoodles title which used a particle world, but no 3D, no camera. This version was guided by videocopilot.net’s video tutorial #8 Part 2 on Titles. We tried to make the particles look like snow (the dog in the logo has snow on his head). We put drop shadow on the text, a light behind the dog pic and a gradient on the black solid background layer. And the most fun of all – we flew the camera around the field linked to a null object.
We were happy with our progress – then ran into a snag. When we rendered, an artifact of the dog logo showed up in the first few frames of the title. There should only have been particles. We deconstructed the entire logo, re-imported it, slid it all around the work space. We noticed what we thought was a ghost behind the logo later – that slid around independently of the logo layer – we still don’t know what that was about. We then isolated every layer, ran the scrubber over every frame – we could not find this weird artifact. Yet kept showing up in the render. Hours later, we called our lifeline, Doug over at SpartanEye. His quick phone fix – reduce our workspace by a few frames at the top. Voila!!! Thanks Doug! We’ll keep trying to figure out what’s at the core of that. But we were able to output. That made Patience do the animation dance!
Here’s the new PauletteVoodles Title:
Q. What would improve this? Do you have any idea why the dog logo would appear in the first few frames? We welcome and encourage feedback!!!
And now is the time on Sprockets when we dance!