|Creating a title with a Mission Impossible theme.
This effect was done in Adobe After Effects using one piece of footage - the video of the lit fuse. The fuse I used was a royalty-free clip I purchased from the Artbeats website. The clip comes as two files the actual fuse movie and a black & white matte movie.
The first thing I do is create a comp of the fuse with an alpha channel. Do this by importing both movies, selecting them in the project, right-clicking on them and selecting "New Comp from Selection...". When the dialog box appears, make sure that "Create Single Composition" is selected.
|The Fuse (M) comp set up with a transparent background.
The action of the fuse also travels in the wrong direction - from right to left instead of left to right. This can be corrected by selecting both clips in the new comp, "Fuse (M)" in my case, right-clicking on them and choosing "Transform > Flip Horizontal". After flipping both the matte and the fill, it's time to give this comp a transparent background. To add transparency, I choose Luma Matte "Fuse (M).mov" as the Track Matte for the Fuse.mov layer.
The main video we're creating is a 720p composition that is 6 seconds long. Since the fuse is only available as SD, it has to be adjusted to use in the 720p composition. I prefer not to scale the fuse clip up to 720p, so I will keep it at it's actual size and move it across the 1280 pixel wide screen.
|Fuse action START and END Markers.
Next week we'll discuss building the main comp of the text transition using the lit fuse comp we just built, in Dissecting the Video: Mission Impossible Text (Part 2).
Above is what the finished effect looks like and below is how this technique is used in my demo reel.