Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding 3D text to a scene, part of After Effects Guru: Tracking and Stabilizing Footage.
One of the other advantages of using 3D camera trackers is the ability to add text into a scene. Now, this could be extruded or just functioning in three-dimensional space. I'm going to take a shot here. And in this case, I'm going to track this scene of the bike riders riding. Technically, the camera is moving through the scene, as are the riders at a relatively constant rate. With the layer selected, I'll choose track camera. And what I'll be looking for are tracking points that allow me to attach the text.
Ideally, I'm going to use these riders as the point of reference. And if I mouse over, you'll see it updates. Now, there's lots of points to work with. And what I'd like to find is something that creates a sense of depth. There we go. I'll right click. And create text and a camera. Now, this text is not oriented properly but using the orientation command it's pretty simple, to get that right. And then I'll simply rotate this, on the Y axis.
Now it's much larger than I'd like. So we'll make that a bit smaller, and remove the stroke. Using the orientation properties as well as the rotation properties, makes it pretty simple to position this. This shot is for a bicycle fundraiser for a charity. So I'm going to put a mile marker that these riders are riding. And using this layer as a 3D layer, which it already is, I can easily adjust its position in 3D space. There you go. Let's set that, so that appears the riders are going to pass underneath.
There you go. And adjust the pair kerning between the numbers. Now at this point, I can drag this. And because we've tracked the distance, it's going to look like they're riding underneath, creating the mile marker that they pass. Now in this case, I'm just going to tweak it a little bit. Pull that back. Tiny about. So it falls into the, title safe area a bit. And lift that up. Remember, you can always check Action and Title Safe right there. I'm going to let that get closer to the edge, because it reads since it's so simple.
There we go. And let's let that run. Looks good. Looks like they drive just underneath it. Remember, lots of flexibility here. And you can always, of course, gain the scale separately, so you can control things. And by combining with anchor point position and scale, it's pretty easy to accurately position things where you want. Using that orientation property, makes it simple to adjust in 3D space.
And remember, the pan behind tool can be quite useful as well if you like to move the anchor point to be in the center of the text. Now as you adjust orientation properties, it's a bit easier to orient things to the scene itself. And of course with the rotation itself, it looks pretty good. There we go. And remember, it's pretty easy if you'd like to add additional planes to select more points. And then attach things to this.
- Analyzing footage
- Using the 3D camera tracker to stabilize footage
- Choosing and moving a target
- Adding 3D text to a scene
- Tracking an object
- Applying the Warp Stabilizer VFX
- Choosing a stabilization method
- Reducing rolling shutter distortion
- Matching movement