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THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR DISPLAYIN THE WORLD’S ULTIMATE LOCATION2After Effects Tutorial for Times SquareOverview2This guide will walk you through the steps on how to use the After Effects Project fi le for use with Times Square . The Project File has many compositions contained within it for various uses. The main working compositions, located in the Work in Here folder, are Reuters-Working Comp and NASDAQ-Working Comp. These should be the only compositions where animations for the signs are created and manipulated. There are many other compositions contained in the Project File created for rendering specifi c tasks. Located in the Render Me folder there are two folders, ## FOR PROOFING ## and ## FINAL RENDER FOR SIGN ##, which are used for proofi ng and rendering fi nal animation sequences. The proofi ng compositions can play two distinct roles during the production of an animation. First, they may be used during the workfl ow process as an accurate representation of the animation on the buildings prior to rendering. This is helpful, given the unique physical characteristics of the Reuters and Nasdaq signs, to see how things move on the building itself. Secondly, it may be utilized as a renderable object upon completion of production for the client’s review during the approval process.In order to get the animation onto the Reuters and Nasdaq signs, there are compositions located in the ## FINAL RENDER FOR SIGN ## folder that must be used properly. For the ...

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After Effects Tutorial for Times Square
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Overview
This guide will walk you through the steps on how to use the After Effects Project fi le for use with Times Square
2
.
The Project File has many compositions contained within it for various uses.
The main working compositions, located in the
Work in Here
folder, are
Reuters-Working Comp
and
NASDAQ-Working
Comp
. These should be the only compositions where animations for the signs are created and manipulated.
There are many other compositions contained in the Project File created for rendering specifi c tasks. Located in the
Render Me
folder there are two folders,
## FOR PROOFING ##
and
## FINAL RENDER FOR SIGN ##
, which are used
for proofi ng and rendering fi nal animation sequences. The proofi ng compositions can play two distinct roles during the
production of an animation. First, they may be used during the workfl ow process as an accurate representation of the
animation on the buildings prior to
rendering. This is helpful, given the unique physical characteristics of the Reuters and
Nasdaq signs, to see how things move on the building itself. Secondly, it may be utilized as
a renderable object upon
completion of production for the client’s review during the approval process.
In order to get the animation onto the Reuters and Nasdaq signs, there are compositions located in the
## FINAL
RENDER FOR SIGN ##
folder that must be used properly. For the Reuters sign, look in the
MGLs-Reuters
folder to fi nd
the compositions
TOP
and
BOTTOM
. For the Nasdaq sign, look in the
MGLs-NASDAQ
folder to fi nd the compositions
NASDAQ 100%
and
NASDAQ 79%
.
Working closely with the Times Square
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production team is an imperative. Please contact us at
646.223.8000
before
doing any fi nal rendering.
Reuters-Working
Comp
This composition is where
all the animation takes place
for the Reuters sign. On the
timeline of this comp there
are two layers.
Layer 1
is a
guide layer which masks
out the signs for reference.
This layer will not be rendered
for fi nal output.
Black Blocker
is a solid layer to fi ll in the
background. This can be
changed as needed for
the project.
THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR DISPLAY
IN THE WORLD’S ULTIMATE LOCATION
For more information on the Times Square
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, please visit timessquare2.com.
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NASDAQ-Working Comp
This composition is where all the animation takes place for the Nasdaq sign.
On the timeline of this comp there are two layers.
HD720_Adjtool.psd
is a guide layer which masks out the windows for reference. This layer will
not be rendered for fi nal output.
Black Blocker
is a solid layer to fi ll in the
background. This can be changed as needed for the project.
3D-Views Compositions
Within the 3D-Views compositions are several nested comps for differing sign
sets that have all been manipulated for perspective. All of these compositions
are smaller in size that the full size of the Working Comps and the actual sign.
It is rare that these will ever need to be changed, but there
is one circumstance worth noting. If the length of the
Reuters-Working Comp
or
NASDAQ-Working Comp
changes
in length of time, then the corresponding nested comps within
the main 3D-Views composition will also have to change along
with the 3D-View composition itself.
3D-VIEWS/Reuters
folder: Within this folder there are four
compositions with four different views of the Reuters sign.
The
7th Ave
composition is a view of the Reuters sign from
7th Avenue. The
Look-Up
composition is a view of the
Reuters sign from the corner of 43rd Street and 7th Avenue.
The
Military Isle
composition is a view of the Reuters sign from
Military Island. The
Original 3D View
composition is an old
image of the Reuters sign that gives another perspective similar
to the
Look-Up
composition.
THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR DISPLAY
IN THE WORLD’S ULTIMATE LOCATION
For more information on the Times Square
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, please visit timessquare2.com.
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3D-VIEWS/Nasdaq
folder: Within this folder there is one composition,
3D-NASDAQ
. This composition is a view of the
Nasdaq building from Military Island.
Both Signs
composition: This
composition is a
view of the both
the Reuters and
Nasdaq signs
from Military
Island.
Rendering the Output
The Reuters sign:
The
TOP
and
BOTTOM
compositions, located in the
MGLs-Reuters
folder, are the ONLY two comps
applicable for use with the Reuters sign. This is a screenshot of the render window for the
TOP
comp. The QUALITY
should be set to BEST, the
RESOLUTION set to FULL and check that the TIME SPAN is correct for the agreed template
length as well as the Frame Rate (30 FPS). In the OUTPUT MODULE of the Render Queue, the output may be set to either
Sequenced Bitmaps or Targa Sequence. Either are applicable. For the
TOP
output,
the OUTPUT TO
fi eld should be set
to Top_[####].
bmp
or Top_[####].
tga.
Each frame of
this
render is about
5MB, so
plan ahead
before rendering.
When rendering the
BOTTOM
please assign
the OUTPUT TO fi eld
as Bottom_[####].
bmp or Bottom_[####].
tga. We have custom
programs that chop
these fi les and create
proprietary movies for
each sign. This naming
convention is vital to
the success of the
animation.
THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR DISPLAY
IN THE WORLD’S ULTIMATE LOCATION
For more information on the Times Square
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, please visit timessquare2.com.
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The Nasdaq sign:
The
NASDAQ 100%
and
NASDAQ 79%
compositions, located in the
MGLs-NASDAQ
folder, are
the ONLY comp applicable for use with the Nasdaq sign. The
NASDAQ 100%
comp should be used for any animations
that are between 30 and 40 seconds. Use the
NASDAQ 79%
comp for any animations that are 45 seconds and over. The
QUALITY should be set to BEST, the
RESOLUTION set to FULL and check that the TIME SPAN is correct for the agreed
template length as well
as the Frame Rate (30
FPS). In the OUTPUT
MODULE of the render
queue, the output
may be set to either
Sequenced Bitmaps
or Targa Sequence.
The OUTPUT TO
fi eld should be set to
Nasdaq_[####].bmp
or Nasdaq_[####].tga.
Depending on which
size you output, each
frame of this
render is
between 3.5MB and
7MB, so
plan ahead
before rendering.
Delivering the Output
Please plan your render accordingly, allowing time for redos, mistakes, bad fi les, copying time, burning time and delivery
time. Working closely with the Times Square
2
production team to help plan the animation will reduce mistakes and redos.
There are time, fi le size
and frame rate restrictions dependent upon the design of each template. We request test fi les far
in advance to ensure that there will be no problems as the deadline
draws closer.
The Reuters sign:
Each comp,
TOP
and
BOTTOM
,
outputs frames at about 5MB each. For a 30 second animation there
will be 1,800 frames (900 for
TOP
and 900 for
BOTTOM
). Once the render is complete, these fi les can be written to a
DVD or copied to an external fi rewire or USB drive for delivery. Once the fi nalized fi les are received, there is a two day
production time per animation on the backend to get the animation onto the sign. Programming for dynamic content may
increase the backend production time.
The Nasdaq sign:
Once the render is complete, these output frames, about 3.5MB and 7MB each depending on which
size you render, can be written to a DVD or copied to an external fi rewire or USB drive for delivery. Once the fi nalized
fi les are received, there is a two day production time per animation on the backend to get the animation onto the sign.
Programming for dynamic content may increase the backend production time.
THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR DISPLAY
IN THE WORLD’S ULTIMATE LOCATION
For more information on the Times Square
2
, please visit timessquare2.com.
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