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After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music
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Randomizing order


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After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

Video: Randomizing order

Now, we're almost done with the typing on recipe. We have a text animator and each character is typing on, one letter at a time, but always from left to right. And there is a very easy way to randomize the order. In the timeline, twirl down the Advanced section of the text animator and toggle the Randomize Order option from Off to On. Now when I RAM preview, the characters continue to animate using the same timing, but the characters are appearing in a random order. And what I mean by that is remember that our Start value at the beginning includes all of the characters and let's say at the halfway point 50% of the characters are selected.
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Overview
      1m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 14m 51s
    1. Setting up
      2m 20s
    2. Entering, editing, and styling type
      5m 49s
    3. Using strokes
      3m 6s
    4. Working with paragraph text
      3m 36s
  3. 23m 21s
    1. Setting a title
      2m 31s
    2. Creating a text animator
      6m 54s
    3. Selecting by character vs. percent
      3m 0s
    4. Animating position
      2m 4s
    5. Animating more properties
      3m 31s
    6. Exploring text transitions
      2m 47s
    7. Randomizing order
      2m 34s
  4. 22m 49s
    1. The Cascade recipe
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring offset plus selection shapes
      4m 16s
    3. Working with ramp selection shapes
      4m 26s
    4. Using character anchor points
      4m 40s
    5. Further refinements
      7m 12s
  5. 9m 0s
    1. Working with selections based on words
      4m 16s
    2. Anchor point grouping
      4m 44s
  6. 15m 46s
    1. Using a vertical blur treatment
      3m 58s
    2. Animated tracking
      5m 46s
    3. Working with text on a path
      6m 2s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Per-character 3D overview
      5m 45s
    2. Enabling per-character 3D
      4m 4s
    3. Exploring per-character 3D rotation
      5m 7s
  8. 18m 37s
    1. Separating fields
      3m 48s
    2. Exploring wiggly options
      4m 28s
    3. Animating wiggles
      3m 18s
    4. Rendering with alpha channels
      7m 3s
  9. 45m 29s
    1. Adding audio
      4m 8s
    2. Audio levels
      4m 27s
    3. Spotting hit points
      5m 33s
    4. Timing to audio
      5m 25s
    5. Spotting dialogue
      7m 32s
    6. Timing dialogue to music
      6m 45s
    7. Mixing audio
      7m 53s
    8. Exploring audio refinements
      3m 46s
  10. 23m 9s
    1. Applying text presets
      5m 50s
    2. Browsing presets in Bridge
      4m 35s
    3. Editing presets
      6m 49s
    4. Saving presets
      5m 55s
  11. 16m 27s
    1. Working with Photoshop text
      4m 58s
    2. Keyframing source text
      4m 21s
    3. The Buzz Words preset
      7m 8s
  12. 20m 43s
    1. Exploring faux styling options
      7m 42s
    2. Tracking and kerning
      4m 56s
    3. Using smart quotes
      4m 8s
    4. Using hyphens and dashes
      3m 57s

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After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music
3h 48m Beginner Apr 28, 2011 Updated Nov 20, 2012

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One of the cornerstones of motion graphics is creating and animating type. In this course, Trish Meyer shows how to typeset titles professionally and create custom animations, as well as apply and modify the hundreds of text animation presets that After Effects ships with. Additionally, Chris Meyer shows how to add audio to projects, including spotting "hit points" to align keyframes and video action.

The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

Topics include:
  • The core text animation recipes
  • Animating text along a path
  • Working with text animation presets
  • Timing animation to audio
  • Per-character 3D type
  • Rendering with an alpha channel
  • Making Photoshop type editable in After Effects
  • Professional typesetting tips
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics Visual Effects
Software:
After Effects
Authors:
Chris Meyer Trish Meyer

Randomizing order

Now, we're almost done with the typing on recipe. We have a text animator and each character is typing on, one letter at a time, but always from left to right. And there is a very easy way to randomize the order. In the timeline, twirl down the Advanced section of the text animator and toggle the Randomize Order option from Off to On. Now when I RAM preview, the characters continue to animate using the same timing, but the characters are appearing in a random order. And what I mean by that is remember that our Start value at the beginning includes all of the characters and let's say at the halfway point 50% of the characters are selected.

Well, we still see 50% of the characters, but not necessarily from left to right. Once you enable Randomize Order, by the way, there's also a Random Seed option. I usually like to check how the characters are appearing. Sometimes you'll find the characters don't type on in a pleasing manner, or they may spell something you don't want them to spell. By pressing the Command key on Mac, Ctrl key Windows, I can slowly scrub through the Random Seed option. And at each seed value, I get a totally different mix of characters.

Like for instance here, too many of characters have come together in the center, so I wouldn't like that option. I usually like the first character to appear early on, but I may not want to give away the punch line. So I'll keep exploring. For instance here, it spells out the word stop. So I usually like to check that whatever words are being spelled out is not rude or maybe your competitor's name. You can also jiggle the Seed value in case you're getting more of the characters appearing all come together at the beginning, middle, and the end.

By changing the seed value, you can sometimes get the letters to be more spread out. So if it's important to you that you have some say in how letters type on, play around with the Random Seed option. When you randomize the order, you will create a more interesting animation, but in the next chapter, I'll cover the cascading recipe, and this will allow you to create more elegant and sophisticated text animation.

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Q: This course was updated on 11/20/2012. What changed?
A: We have added four new movies to the end of Chapter 8, "Working With Audio." All four of these movies (Spotting dialog, Timing dialog to music, Mixing audio, and Refinements) apply to all versions covered by the course. In addition, there are new sets of exercise files designed for After Effects CS5.5 and After Effects CS6 and a companion movie that shows our premium subscribers how to use the exercise files.
 
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