Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating the effector, part of After Effects Apprentice: 18 3D Text Cinema 4D Lite.
- We set up an effector to push our text around.…We set up a forcefield so that we taper that effect.…In this movie we're going to animate this forcefield…to bring our text on and in the next movie…we'll refine that animation.…So what I want is for the text…to start all the way back…and end up all the way on.…To do that I'm going to find…what position of the effector…has all the characters back at their starting position.…I can watch the display on my left…and I can watch all three displays for confirmation.…
So I start to see a character just start to emerge,…and push back…and that looks like that'll be a good starting position.…I'll make sure my current time indicator is at frame zero,…the start of my animation,…select my plain effector,…go to it's coordinates since I am moving it,…and enable Key Framing for that X dimension of that effector…since I am moving it along the X axis.…And there's my first key frame.…Then I need to make a guess about…how long I want this animation to be.…
My whole composition is six seconds long.…
The first course in the series, After Effects Apprentice 17, includes an overview of the C4D Lite user interface, as well as important setup information you need to know whenever you use live C4D layers in After Effects. We recommend you watch it first if you have no prior experience with C4D.
- Extruding 3D text and Illustrator artwork
- Beveling letters
- Creating animations using the Fracture object and plain effector
- Texturing and lighting
- Adding a camera move in After Effects
- Using multipass renders
- Simulating glass-like effect distortions
- Improving render quality