Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video The Cascade recipe, part of After Effects Apprentice: 06 Type and Music.
In this chapter, I'll cover how to create a cascading text animation, but what do I mean by cascading? If you have the exercise files, go ahead and open 03-Cascade_final from the Comps_Finished folder. I'll RAM preview. With this style of animation, instead of just one character at a time typing on, a number of characters are transitioning on at the same time. We call this a cascade. I'd open the second file, Cascade_ final2, and you'll see a variation.
The top line is animating on from left to right, and the bottom line is animating on in a random order, just like we saw in the previous movie. This tends to look a little more interesting. I'll return to the first composition. Now, before I create this cascading animation, I want you to understand the ingredients that make up the recipe. That way you'll be better able to customize any of the animation presets that come from Adobe. If I select the layer and press UU, I can see all the parameters that were changed from their default settings.
Again, I have a text animator, and in this case the End parameter was set to 33%. Notice there are two keyframes for Offset. The first keyframe for Offset is set to -33%. And I'll explain the significance of this later. But the second keyframe is always set to 100% Offset. Another ingredient is that the Shape pop-up in the Advanced section is always set to Ramp Up. And finally, no matter what properties you add to a text animator, you always have to make the characters invisible to create a transition.
We saw earlier that adding Opacity and setting it to a value of 0% was the easiest way to do that. So to create a cascading animation, you need to work with Offset, Shape, and add Opacity.
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.
After Effects Apprentice: 07 Parentingwith Chris Meyer1h 40m Intermediate
After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposingwith Chris Meyer2h 24m Intermediate
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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