The Projector

A) Logo Open/Close

1) This pre-comp is a placeholder for your logo and/or opening/closing
2) The freeware font I have used for this, and throughout, is from here:
3) To customise it, double-click the pre-comp in the Project panel. You
will see it currently consist of text layers and a horizontal line. You can
write your own text, change the font, the colour, add effects or delete all
the layers and drop in your own logo, for example, as a .psd with
transparent background. A dark colour works best against the light of the
projector (see below).
4) In the Main Comp timeline, twiddle down one of the Logo Open/Close
layers to reveal Effects. Notice the Stretch/Blur Filter applied. You can
change this effect to any preset or custom effect you like.

B) Content 01 - 15

1) These pre-comps are placeholders for the videos, images, text or
other media that you want to display in the 15 Film Strip pre-comps that
you see in the Main Comp timeline.
2) You only need to customise these 15 Content pre-comps to add all
your own content to the sequence, as each film will automatically update
3) For ultimate flexibility each Content pre-comp is designed to hold full
HD (1920x1080) media – no need for re-sizing (the Film Strip pre-comps
take care of this)
4) Start by importing your own pre-prepared media (video, images) at
that size.
5) Then, in the Project Panel, double-lick to open a Content pre-comp.
Notice it currently contains two text layers and a background layer, which
currently runs a basic fractal animation. Delete un-needed layers and
drag your media in to create a new layer.
6) When you have added your own media to each Content pre-comp,
return to the Main Comp and check your work.

C) Film Strips 01-15

Each of these should now be holding 9 instances of your Content precomps. The pre-comps are in the Film Strips folder in the Project Panel.
To understand how each one is animated, twiddle down the Film Strip 02
layer to reveal Transform
1) Notice first that it is a 3D layer, so you can adjust its position in space
by changing Rotation X, Y and Z values – for example if you wanted a
more extreme angle of view
2) Each Film Strip enters and leaves the screen by animating its Anchor
Point. So in this layer notice how the Film Strip enters from left to right –
just as Film Strip 01 flies out right to left. This overlapping transition type
is used throughout
3) To synchronize transitions to your own soundtrack, this is where to
concentrate – ensuring each overlapping transition happens on a beat in
your music by adjusting in and out keyframes of adjoining layers. You
could also add a sound effect at each transition to really boost the effect.
4) If you want each Film Strip scene to stay on screen for longer, it’s a
similar process once you have extended each layer’s live time by
dragging out the darker brown area of the layer. Each Film Strip precomp can be extended to 30-secs duration but it’s unlikely you’ll need all
that flexibility.
5) The most important thing is to match up in and out keyframes of
adjoining layers so, for example, one Film Strip does not fly through
another because they happen to share the same z-depth at that point …
unless of course you want that effect!
6) Any issues such as this can also be fine-tuned out - see 1) above.
7) Each Film Strip pre-comp has a Light Sweep filter applied via an
Adjustment Layer, which you can adjust by opening each pre-comp from
the Project Panel. You can change several parameters including the colour
of the light (currently white).
8) The actual film strip graphic (film-strip.eps) is in the Assets Folder
with the main file.

D) Projector

This is the flickering light in the background. To see how it functions and
to customize it, double-click on the pre-comp in the Project Panel…
1) Notice it consists of two layers: Flare and reel.eps (which is in the
Assets folder with the main file)
2) Twiddle down the Flare layer to reveal Lens Flare > Flare Brightness >
Expression. This generates the random flickering, just like an old-school
film projector. You can experiment with different values in the expression
3) Twiddle down the reel.eps layer to reveal Effects > CC Light Burst.
These are the shards of light emanating from the projector. You can
adjust all the parameters including the colour and intensity of the light.
The light is applied to an .eps resembling a film reel (which, I suppose
you could use elsewhere, if you wanted).
4) Next, reveal Transform > Rotation > Expression. This generates the
random angle of the light shards, to enhance the realism of the projector.
Experiment with different values, if you like.

E) Radio Waves Layers

Some of these are standard round radio waves; some are set to star
shape. You can adjust each one by twiddling down the layer to reveal the
Radio Waves filter. For example, increase the speed, make the lines
thicker and change the colour (currently white).
Notice in the main comp timeline, each radio wave animation starts at the
beginning of each film strip transition. This ensures it appears at the
right time and has time to play through before the next transition.
If you change the timing of transitions, you may also want to change the
timing of the Radio Waves / Star animations – perhaps also extending the
time they play for, before they fade out (see opacity keyframes).

F) Background

This is a basic radial ramp. To change the colours simply twiddle down
the layer to reveal Effects > Ramp. Click on the Start Colour to select your
new colour. Repeat for End Colour.

G) Camera Controller and Camera 1

These are important layers, with expressions generating the organic,
random camera angles and zoom
You can disable the expressions (de-select the = symbol) or experiment
with higher or lower values until you get the result you’re after. You could
also manually animate the parameters using keyframes, for example if
you wanted to specifically zoom in on one or more of your Film Strips.
Notice at Camera 1 > Camera Options that Depth of Field is enabled.
This is designed to realistically blur near and distant portions of the more
extremely angled Film Strips. If you have adjusted any Film Strip positions
/ angles (in 3D space) you may need to tweak the Depth of Field
parameters to ensure perfect focus on the central frame of the film strips.
Again, you could actively animate these values to, for example, bring
something into focus and then blur it again

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