Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Keyframing source text, part of After Effects Apprentice: 06 Type and Music.
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 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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