Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating the title, part of After Effects Apprentice: 16 Creating a Medical Opening Title.
- [Instructor] I pressed the zero on the numeric keypad…to RAM preview my main title and hero footage composition.…I have to say that even though things are nicely arranged…and indeed following the camera movement in the scene,…it's a bit boring.…I think I need to add some excitement to this.…Maybe some impact for when heart attack comes on the screen.…Well, when I want to add impact and excitement,…quite often I'll start by trying to synchronize…things to music.…So I'm going to go back to the final composition,…select our final Beatwave soundtrack,…and copy it.…
I'm also going to note where the camera move happened…in this final composition.…It starts one marker before the cymbal marker,…and ends on the cymbal crash.…I suspect that coordinating to that camera move…would be a good first step to also time our title.…Be particularly nice if it landed right here…at this major crash.…So I'll return to my hero plus title composition,…and paste the soundtrack into this comp.…All my markers came across as well.…I don't want to accidentally double up my soundtrack.…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Animating to music
- Arranging layers in 3D space
- Performing time stretches
- Working with 3D camera tracking
- Typesetting and animating text
- Adding effects like drop shadows and motion blur
- Creating and animating shape layers
- Building and delivering a broadcast package
Skill Level Intermediate
After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layerswith Chris Meyer2h 20m Intermediate
The Creative Spark: Title Case, Typographic Artisanswith Jessica Hische28m 31s Intermediate
1. Roughing Out the Spot
2. Building the Hero Shot and Title
3. Creating Video Frames Using Shape Layers
4. Dressing Up the Background
5. Finalizing the Proof
6. Delivering the Results
7. Idea Corners
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