In this tutorial, Daniel Bryant starts with an old photo and splits it into three layers – foreground, middle, and background. He takes these layers into After Effects and animates camera movement and focus distance to create a moving picture with dimension that wasn’t there in the original. Check it out.
Learn how to create a bokeh background in After Effects. Starting with shape objects and their wiggle transform options, Daniel Bryant adds color and adjust depth of field on the camera option to create a bokeh design. Add to that a gradient ramp, a text layer, and a lens flare and you create a very creative, beautiful effect.
Using After Effects to edit a video clip, Tom Green prepares a clip for use as a background video for a webpage. In part one, he uses black and white, blur, and compression to reduce the file size and data rate. The final step is outputting the video from After Effects and preparing mp4, webm, and ogg versions of that video for the web.