Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Keyframing source text, part of After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music.
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If you need to cycle a list of words in place, you don't need to create each…word on a separate layer.…It's much easier to animate the Source Text property, and there are two different…approaches you can use.…In this movie, we will animate source text using keyframes.…In the next movie, we will apply an animation preset that uses an expression.…To get started, if you have the exercise files, I'm using the first composition,…Cycling Text 1. And in this example, we will be using keyframes.…If you don't have the exercise files, just follow along. It's a pretty easy concept.…
First, I will twirl down the Text layer and we are going to focus on the Source…Text parameter, so I will just hide everything else.…If I turn on the stopwatch for Source Text, you will notice it makes a square keyframe.…This is a hold keyframe.…What a hold keyframe is indicating here is that while I can go to another point…in time and change the Source Text-- let's pick another city like Chicago--…it will not interpolate between those two values. But that's fine.…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- 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