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Artbeats Timelapse Bumper

New Grow! footage: less time PART 3 By Ko Maruyama
As you know, Artbeats has archived hours of beautiful nature footage.  The new Grow! collection can help you with composites - or just use the footage by itself.  You could also time remap, and time stretch the footage into new, and even faster growth rates.

In Part 2 of this little series, I pulled in some music from TwistedTracks and the radish sprout video from Artbeats.  If you want those sources, you can navigate over to Part 2 to download them. (check CreativeMac.com or the After Effects Channel for the article and sources).

The radish sprouts from Artbeats is just a portion of the timelapse footage which captures the growth of different plants.  The radish clips (GRW121 - GRW124, NTSC) and (GRW121H2 -GRW124H2, HD) kinda look like little kids: chaotic growth, moving all over the place, growing, stretching and "in the dirt".

TwistedTracks.com is a website which has an extensive library of royalty free music.  A quick search of some light, happy, friendly, uplifting theme songs delivered "Whistling Kisses".

After going through the steps in Part 2 - I figured the growth in each clip could be sped up a little bit to get more of the video into those short events during the bumper. Rather than TimeRemapping the layers in After Effects, all you need to do is stretch the out point.

There are a number of ways to do it, but here's how I did it:

We already have In-points for each of the layers, but those might change due to the speed changes.  (My project isn't for a client, so I'm not worried by the possibility of change, but if your work is for a client, note where the stretch occurs and how it might effect your edit.)  We're going to SPEED UP each of these clips to create new out points.

1. Make the STRETCH column visible in the timeline.  Right Click on any column (on a Mac, hold the CTRL and click) to bring up the contextual menu.  Select "STRETCH".  Each of the clips should currently be set at 100%.

2. Open up the Layer window by double clicking on the layer.  You can see the entire clip in this window, whether it is visible in the composition or not.  You can also navigate to any frame in the clip when using the layer window.

3. Move to the playhead to the point where you want the clip to end and press Opt(Alt)+left bracket button on the keyboard.  This will change the out point to the current point in time.

4. Click and drag the the STRETCH value to a LOWER value until the end of your newly trimmed layer lines up with the beginning of the next event.

5. Make a movie by using CMD-M, or selecting "Make Movie" from the Composition pulldown menu.  Then, be sure to change the Output Module by clicking on the word "Lossless" to bring up the dialogue box.  At the very bottom, check the AUDIO box so that your rendered movie will have audio embedded.

This way you can further modify the timing of these already sped up clips!  Throw in a little graphic, and some sound effects, and you've got the beginnings of a quick bumper! 

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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