Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video RoboTV: Text animation, part of After Effects Apprentice: 07 Parenting.
Next let's animate on our titles.…Our previous After Effects lesson, Type and Music, demonstrated some of the…different techniques for animating type.…I think I'll like to go for cascade to have things spill on to the screen just…as the arm reaches a word.…I'm going to focus on this last word skydiving here and let's get that to…work to my satisfaction.…This is the point where the robot arm hits that word. That's where I want my…animation to finish.…I'll select skydiving, I'll twirl it open, and go Animate > Opacity.…Opacity is one of the key ingredients to our cascade recipe.…
In addition to cascading I think I'll like these to be slamming down into position.…So I am going to add the Scale parameter.…Now remember one of the key things of setting up a cascading recipe is you need…to twirl down the Range Selector, go into the Advanced section, and change the…shape to either Ramp Up or Ramp Down.…That's required for a cascading type of animation.…I'm going to reduce the Opacity to 0.…So I see how this is fading off over the course of my selection.…
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.
- Preparing files
- Making parenting connections
- Arranging the frame and arm
- Using null objects
- Crafting anthropomorphic-style animations
- Avoiding problems with non-uniform scaling
- Animating Fractal Noise
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 11/20/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and added an additional set of exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.