SAN Organization

Start by creating a new SFP EP folder at this location, unless it already exists:


Then go to the template folder and duplicate it. This project features:

  • phone composit
  • full screen treatment
  • Google UI replacement

Found on the SAN at:


Rename the project file and folder with the relevant EP number and GFX code:

e.g: SFP_507_GFX 02_Duo Call Fix-220221-DA

Then move it to the new EP folder created.

Getting Started

Open the project file and import the relevant assets:

Ideally the assets should come in at the following resolutions:

File Resolution
Sequence Reference 1280x720
Phone Backplate 4096x2160
Phil PiP 1920x1080 or higher
Phil Fullscreen 1920x1080 or higher
Google UI Footage 2340x1080

Full Sequence Preview (Optional)

The Full Scene Preview comp - found in the 01 RENDER COMPS folder in the AE project has the entire sequence of the clips laid out, matching the ref.

This takes some time to setup but can be useful to then preview the sequence in full.

PiP Phone Composit

Comp name: PiP Phone - includes 4 layers.


  1. Replace layer 4 with the Phone Backplate shot. CTRL ALT / (WIN), CMD OPT / (MAC).
  2. Adjust the Power Pin corners of the layer 2 - PiP MATTE to match perspective and overlay the current PiP of the backplate.
    • Tip: increase the expansion values for the effect to ensure the PiP below is properly covered.
    • Tip: lower opacity of layer 3 to see the original PiP of the backplate.
    • Note: The Power Pin effect on layer 3 references the Power Pin on layer 2 and translates each corner point coordinate to match a 1920x1080 footage size (half the size). If the Phil PiP footage received is at 1280x720 or UHD, then adequately change the Footage Resolution Dropdown Menu in the layer 3 effects panel.
  3. Replace layer 3 with the PiP Phil shot, then adjust the position and scale from the Transform effect to center Phil. Also apply any color correction.

Tracking for Cam Shake

One way to spot camera shake is to toggle between the start and end of the composition and notice if the backplate has shifted in position - if there is a change then tracking is likely required.

  1. Open Mocha from the layer 4 effects panel.
  2. Use the circular spline tool to trace a circle around the black camera pin hole. If it's blurred out too much then use the specular highlight on one of the phone buttons that should offer a decent contrast point.
  3. Set the Track Motion Options to Transform only.
  4. Track, Save, and Exit.
  5. Create the tracking data and assign it to the track layer Null with the Export Option set to Transform.

Both Transform effects (in layers 2 and 3) reference this track layer position. To prevent breaking the current position of the PiP (since you've already aligned or want to adjust the position further), only the relative difference between each tracked frame is added. This is calculated via an expression - set in the Transform effect position of both layers.

Expression References

Power Pin Resolution Translation

Applied to each corner of the Power Pin effect in the Phil PiP Capture layer 3. Adjust for each corner ("Top Left"), ("Top Right"), ("Bottom Left"), ("Bottom Right").

pt = thisComp.layer("PiP - MATTE").effect("CC Power Pin")("Top Left").value;
res = effect("Footage Resolution")("Menu").value;

offset = {
    1: 0,
    2: [thisComp.width/4 + 256/4, thisComp.height/4],
    3: [thisComp.width/3 + 256/6, thisComp.height/3]


Cam Tracking Offset

Set in the position property of the Transform effect for both the PiP - MATTE and Phil PiP Capture layers

const track = thisComp.layer("track");
const track_origin = track.position.numKeys > 0 ? track.position.key(1).value : [thisComp.width, thisComp.height]/2;
const delta = track.position - track_origin;
value + delta;

PiP Fullscreen Composit

Comp name: PiP Fullscreen - includes 3 layers.


  1. Replace layer 3 with the Phone Backplate shot. CTRL ALT / (WIN), CMD OPT / (MAC).
  2. Adjust the PiP - MATTE position and scale to overlay the backplate PiP.
  3. Replace layer 2 with the PiP Phil shot, then adjust the position and scale to center Phil. Also apply any color correction.

Google UI Composit

Comp name: Google UI - includes 3 layers.


  1. Replace layer 5 with the ref shot. CTRL ALT / (WIN), CMD OPT / (MAC).
  2. Replace layer 3 with the Phone Backplate shot.
  3. Replace layer 1 in the Google UI - PRE comp with the Phone Backplate shot, then adjust both masks around the active screen area, and camera hole (subtract).
  4. Replace layer 1 in the Google UI - SRC comp with the Google UI capture clip and adjust the mask if necessary - the mask was initially placed to clear a hairline of white border...
  5. Keyframe animate the gradient ramp of layer 2 so that it matches the animation of layer 1 (sample animation in template).
  6. Go back to the Google UI - PRE comp and adjust the perspective using the Power Pin effect parameters on layer 2. Finetune placement with the Transform effect.
    • Note: Ideally the 5G/Battery icons of the UI are middle-aligned with the camera hole.
  7. Go back to the main Google UI comp and make sure the timing of the animation matches the ref, adjust if necessary.
  8. If the shot features a reflective surface, turn on layer 1 and adjust the Skew values in both Transform effects - one adjusts the perspective horizontally, the other vertically.
  9. Finally adjust the Blur Map layer gradient to match the blur of the phone backplate.
    • Tip: Move the Blur Map layer to the top and set the blend mode to Multiply or Screen to visualize the gradient ramp overlaid to the backplate.
    • Note: Black is transparent / White is blurred - can be inverted from the Cam Blur effect.