Get a quick introduction to the Boris Title Studio.
- [Instructor] There's another way to create animated, textured, lit, extruded 3D text, and that's by using the Boris Title Studio. Let's take a look at that. I create a new composition and a new solid layer. To that I'm going to add the effect, and this is under Effect, 3D Objects, Title Studio. Initially you get some default text which is extruded. Now the effect itself has very few properties.
What you have to do is launch the external UI. There's a button for that here, Launch UI. This brings up the external program here. This has quite a few parts. I'm going to talk about just a few of the key components to get you started. It is truly a full 3D environment. In fact, I can go up to the top right to view button here, switch it to four, so you can see that four view you might see in 3D programs like Maya. For now I'm going to stick to a single view. If you want to change the text, select it, then go to the Text tab at the top left.
This interface is similar to the one you get when you apply the extruded text effect. I can highlight the text, change it, select a new font, change the paragraph formatting, alter the size and so on. Those changes are passed directly back to the 3D scene. In terms of the way this is organized, there's a hierarchy structure at the bottom left. You can expand these various parts to access the properties.
There's the entire scene, some global transformations, and in the text you might create. I expand that, I can see transformations here locally, I expand that you can see things like position, extrusion, material and so on. For example if I click on the position and then I go to the controls tab at the top left, I can see the options for transformations. If I want to change some of these values, I can simply, left mouse button, drag, left or right, over a field, or enter numbers by hand.
I'll go ahead and scale this up so it's closer to the camera. In terms of the material, there is a default material. If I scroll down to the bottom, there's a font material color. I click on that, the type of material is below that. In this case, color, you can see the properties up here in the Controls tab. There are a few basic types of surface colors. For example, flat color, or color which you get by default, which has things like Diffuse, Highlight, Capacity and so on.
You see a color swatch, you can change that. There's a different diffuse color, and a different highlight color, which is specularity. It can also animate in this interface. In fact any changes you make are auto key framed. Here's the Auto key frame button right here. Notice there are key frames at the start of the timeline and the end of the timeline you get for free. You can update those and/or add new key frames someplace else. For example, I move the time slider forward, go back to my transformations and change something, like the spin.
I get a new key frame, and when I play it back, I have that new animation. Now whenever you're happy with your animation, and your text, and the way it looks, you can pass it back to the host program, for example, After Effects. To do that, simply click the Apply button at the bottom right. This closes a window and passes the data back to your host. Once it's there, you can combine it with all your layers. Now if you want to update it again, you do have to go back to the UI. Just click the Launch UI button again to revise it.
Now, in terms of controls, you have right here in this effect, you can choose to use any 3D lights, or 3D cameras you might have in the scene, or use some local overwriting transformations. For example, I'm going to turn off Use Comp Lights, and turn on Use Transformations and then I can have some overwriting transformations to fine tune it. For example the Master Scale. All right, so there's a very quick introduction to Boris Total Studio. It's a full 3D environment. You can do very complex title animation with and then you can pass that back to your host program, such as After Effects.
VFX expert Lee Lanier begins by exploring shared Boris Continuum controls, and then shows how to apply stylistic effects. He explains how to work with the PixelChooser and Boris Lights, and discusses how to color grade and warp footage. He also takes you through using the Boris Chroma Key Studio and working with Mocha Pro for motion tracking, as well as how to add particles and work with 3D text.
- Overview of Boris Continuum
- After Effects preferences
- Applying stylistic effects
- Relighting with Boris Lights
- Adjusting colors
- Changing the time of day
- Warping footage
- Keying green screen
- Motion tracking
- Adding particles
- Working with 3D text