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Eojin Kim
How can I make animated overlay effects?
on Jan 16, 2019 at 9:01:45 am
Last Edited By Eojin Kim on Jan 17, 2019 at 12:50:40 pm

EDIT: Never mind. I found out that the process is called "Motion Graphics". I'm actually sort of disappointed in this site, since nobody even bothered to reply to the post in over 27 hours..
It's fine though, the post was a little hard to understand at first. But still disappointed that nobody replied, 9 hours since the edit. Just leaving it up here in case anyone is interested or something.


Hello guys! New to Adobe After Effects here.
I'm trying to add effects to videos for Youtube, and I'd like to know how to make animated effects for overlaid photos. There must be a name for it, but I just can't find any mention of it anywhere!
I don't know how to call it, and every single "photo effect for videos" or "photo overlay effect" yields results that I really don't need at all. Like "how to animate still photos!" or "how to overlay channel name for livestreams!" stuff like that.

So, I'm looking to be able to animate text and images with or without transparent backgrounds (like simply spinning them in/out of the frame, or scrolling through them) on top of the video, like shown in the video below. (2:05 is a good example)





(Please excuse the wildly chaotic video; I just can't really find a better example of what I'm talking about.)
I don't need such dramatic effects, I'm trying to create a calm tutorial channel and I simply can't find how else to describe what I'm talking about!
Could anyone inform me on how to create this effect, and if possible, tell me what it's called so I won't have to pester you guys all the time? :)


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How can I make animated overlay effects?
on Jan 18, 2019 at 4:22:35 pm

You want to know WHY no one responded? Because we had no clue what you were trying to do!

You were trying to use motion graphics lingo, but because you're so new you don't know what you don't know, people found your terminology vastly confusing. It was like you wanted to pull a rope in two directions at the same time.

Stop trying to jump into the deep end of the pool with bricks around your waist. Learn the AE basics. Go to the Adobe web site for good AE tutorials made by PROS and not high school kids. Here on the COW, Andrew Devis has an excellent series called AE Basics. They're for AE CS 6, but don't worry -- the basics haven't changed. You'll be able to build on your knowledge the same way a math student takes arithmetic, then algebra, then geometry, then trig, etc. The sequence of subjects builds on previously - won knowledge.

Whatever you do, DO NOT JUST GOOGLE. You'll be presented with a mishmash of tutorials of varying quality in no logical sequence. You'll get lost.

Get the AE basics first. You'll never regret it.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Eojin Kim
Re: How can I make animated overlay effects?
on Jan 19, 2019 at 2:42:35 am

Candid and truthful opinion, I guess. I thought my explanation should have been sufficient enough to at least put the thought of "motion graphics" into SOMEBODY's mind.. I guess not.
On other news, I've been looking into lots of tutorials on motion graphics and such, and have progressed significantly into the world of After Effects. Most of it was very easy to be honest, I was able to get the hang of it in less than an hour.

Thanks for the reply. Although I wasn't able to get any answers on this question, judging by the other questions and answers on this site, I think I'll be using it later on as well. I hope I get answers then!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How can I make animated overlay effects?
on Jan 19, 2019 at 4:06:03 am

Sorry, but I tend to be... well, blunt. That's the nature of this particular beast. But all the stuff I wrote is true:
  • Learn the basics. That's the first, second and third most important thing.
  • Don't rely on random YouTube tutorials: you won't know the quality of the instruction nor the level of experience necessary to understand them.
  • Learn from the pros. You can start here on the COW and on the Adobe web site. THEN branch out.
  • AE has its own arcane terminology. You need to learn it. Otherwise you'll be unable to converse intelligently.
  • If you do that, you'll do well.


Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Eojin Kim
Re: How can I make animated overlay effects?
on Jan 19, 2019 at 3:07:37 pm

I did "pick up random youtube tutorials", but that was only for motion graphics, which is quite simple if you're only trying to do simple things.
I will learn the other basics from the tutorials you gave me. Thank you!


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Eric Barker
Re: How can I make animated overlay effects?
on Jan 19, 2019 at 9:47:06 pm

I think you don't fully understand the term "Motion Graphics". Motion Graphics is an entire field, not a technique. It's half of what AE is used for.

To put it simply, compositing programs like After Effects are used for two different purposes: Visual Special Effects and Motion Graphics. Special Effects is any process in cinema used to manipulate, augment, or create realistic video footage: sky replacement, explosions, CGI landscapes, etc.

Motion Graphics is a subset of Graphic Design, literally putting motion to graphical elements. Logo animations, adding text, user interfaces for apps/games.

Both of these are complex specialized fields that people get degrees in and spend their entire lives perfecting. They are also creative forms, so saying "motion graphics is simple once you get used to it", isn't really relevant. It can be very simple, or it can be very complex depending on the task, and same with special effects. I've spent days rotoscoping a video clip for special effects purposes... I've also spent days programming motion graphic user interfaces using pages of scripting code in AE.

Just a few little chestnuts for ya.

Audio/Video Production
Relaxing White Noise, LLC.


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Eojin Kim
Re: How can I make animated overlay effects?
on Jan 20, 2019 at 1:15:32 am

oof, that's embarrassing. Now I sound like a 12 year old. X(

I tend to do stuff like this: Learn things from a certain subject, then think I've learned pretty much everything, when there is in fact tons more to learn, and I would never be able to go on with only the content I've already learned.
I'm going to be very busy for the next 2 weeks or so, and I really can't start watching it now, but I will, once I can!

Thanks for the detailed explanation; I probably would have had some big difficulties if I just went on the way I was.


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alex dinnin
Re: How can I make animated overlay effects?
on Jan 19, 2019 at 5:56:41 am

Dave is right.. Learn the basics..

this is a great place to start

http://www.videocopilot.net/basic/



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