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Using text animation presets

From: After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title

Video: Using text animation presets

Next, I want to animate this text. You can go ahead and create your own custom text animation if you want to, or you can apply a preset and then customize to preset to switch your needs. We're going to go down that latter path. Then whenever you apply an animation preset, its keyframes start at the current time. So I'm going to set this back to the very beginning of the composition, and then it goes for my animation Presets. You can twirl it open, twirl open Presets, twirl open Text, and start looking at these according to name, or you can take advantage of browsing the presets inside Adobe Bridge, and I'll select that.

Using text animation presets

Next, I want to animate this text. You can go ahead and create your own custom text animation if you want to, or you can apply a preset and then customize to preset to switch your needs. We're going to go down that latter path. Then whenever you apply an animation preset, its keyframes start at the current time. So I'm going to set this back to the very beginning of the composition, and then it goes for my animation Presets. You can twirl it open, twirl open Presets, twirl open Text, and start looking at these according to name, or you can take advantage of browsing the presets inside Adobe Bridge, and I'll select that.

I'm in the Presets folder, I'll open up Text, and I happen to have two different 3D text folders. 3D Text is one that comes with After Effects; 3D Text 2 is another set of presets available on the Adobe Exchange web site for After Effects. Since you may not have this folder, let's go and explore the 3D Text folder. I'll double-click to open it, start selecting these different presets to see which animation I like. It's not bad.

I have a form I'm interacting with, so I'm a little careful of what I do there. Ah, that would go through the floor. That's getting more interesting. That's fun! And I might go through the floor again. That's leaving the screen. Some other fun ideas here. Oh, now that footer is getting more interesting. Yeah, the footers are a candidate. Don't need to flutter out. Okay.

Now that's' fun. That gives me a random movement, and those have some rotation, which does add something to it. I am not doing anything with lines. I don't need lines throwing down. Hmm, this 3D spike is interesting. And you keep trying out these different presets. Decide which one you think is going to be appropriate for this particular animation. Don't need it to leave, this is fun, this is fun, but I think I'm going to go with this one.

Again, feel free to choose whatever one you prefer. Since I've already selected my Text layer and I've already put the current time indicator at the very beginning of my composition, all I need to is double-click this preset, and now it'll be applied to my selected text. I'm going to press the spacebar now, just to get the spacebar preview so that all of my other guys to be visible. And there's my text falling down into position.

Yeah, I think it's going to work for me. So that's what the preset has given me, but presets should be thought of just as starting points. In the next movie, we'll customize this to better suit our scene.

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  1. 3m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 17m 38s
    1. Building the grid floor
      8m 48s
    2. Creating a radar sweep
      5m 13s
    3. Adding lightning
      3m 37s
  3. 14m 18s
    1. Building the video panel
      4m 34s
    2. Using the Block Dissolve effect
      3m 52s
    3. Stylizing the footage
      2m 15s
    4. Duplicating precomps
      3m 37s
  4. 21m 22s
    1. Importing Illustrator files
      5m 47s
    2. Working with paths and masks
      4m 54s
    3. Animating the Stroke effect
      4m 20s
    4. Tinting the event names
      2m 42s
    5. Wiggling the rings
      3m 39s
  5. 33m 35s
    1. Starting a new composition
      1m 48s
    2. Spotting music
      5m 55s
    3. Building the floor
      5m 27s
    4. Adding a video panel
      3m 40s
    5. Creating a reflection
      7m 47s
    6. Adding the dial
      4m 7s
    7. Arranging the frame
      4m 51s
  6. 9m 22s
    1. Setting up the final pose
      4m 28s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      4m 54s
  7. 14m 39s
    1. Adding a text layer
      5m 16s
    2. Using text animation presets
      3m 16s
    3. Customizing the preset
      6m 7s
  8. 6m 56s
    1. Adding a Spot light
      3m 41s
    2. Casting shadows
      3m 15s
  9. 12m 7s
    1. Improving consistency
      2m 43s
    2. Adding a 2D background
      4m 29s
    3. Tying up loose ends
      4m 55s
  10. 20m 37s
    1. Overview of Main Comp 2
      3m 32s
    2. Grouping layers
      4m 39s
    3. Animating the swivel
      9m 2s
    4. Assembling the final comp
      3m 24s
  11. 25m 56s
    1. Adding a transition
      7m 0s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a filmic glow
      4m 0s
    4. Increasing the motion blur
      4m 2s
    5. Retiming a video source
      7m 34s
  12. 13m 4s
    1. Exploring render settings
      2m 48s
    2. Outputting for archiving
      1m 15s
    3. Outputting anamorphic widescreen DV
      1m 57s
    4. Creating a 4:3 center-cut version
      2m 31s
    5. Outputting for web
      2m 23s
    6. Exploring components for editors
      2m 10s
  13. 12m 49s
    1. Creating the inner ring
      5m 19s
    2. Creating the outer ring
      3m 9s
    3. Creating the text ring
      4m 21s

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