Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Animated tracking, part of After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music.
When we left this animation in the previous movie, we had a nice animated…blur effect going on.…Now, I'd like to add some animated tracking.…I'll press Home to return to 0, and I'll press the Add button to Add > Property >…Tracking to Animator 1.…When I do that, I'll actually see two new parameters:…Tracking Type and Tracking Amount.…When I increase Tracking Amount, it will add more space between the characters.…So you can see what's going on, I'll temporarily set the Blur value back to 0.…
I'll press the Command key on Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and so you're just…tracking so that I can control it in finer increments.…A value of 10 will place the characters just inside the comp area.…The Tracking Type menu controls whether the extra space the tracking introduces…is added before and after the selected characters, and this is the default.…You can change it so that extra space is added just before the characters, or just after.…I'll leave it at the default.…What's usually more important is how the Align options are set in the Paragraph panel.…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. The tutorials are designed to be used independently and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
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.
1. Creating Type
2. Animating Type
3. Cascading Type
4. Animating by Words
5. Flowing Text
Animated tracking5m 46s
6. Per-Character 3D
7. The Wiggly Selector (and More)
8. Working With Audio
9. Using Text Presets
11. Typesetting Tips
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