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Davide MarchesiKeywords animation in After Effects
by on Feb 11, 2015 at 8:06:22 pm

Hi everyone,

I think I need some help with a simple effect that I've found in this video when keywords start popping up:






I tried to replicate it parenting my text to a null object in my compilation and using keyframes to animate the size of my text, however, I am still missing a few elements and I'm not sure how to replicate them:

- the text in the video above looks kind of blurred, to emphasize the movement, is there a specific effect for it?
- also, when the text comes on screen it looks way more natural in the example I linked than in my attempt, is there another way to do this that you would recommend? Is there size animation on the null object the best way to do it?
- to replicate the movement of the text once it's on the screen, should I use the wiggle expression?

Thanks everyone for the support, I am pretty basic with AE :)


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Walter SoykaRe: Keywords animation in After Effects
by on Feb 12, 2015 at 2:40:04 am

The After Effects reference is enormously helpful -- and if you haven't read the entire thing, it's helpful to know what to search for.


[Davide Marchesi] "- the text in the video above looks kind of blurred, to emphasize the movement, is there a specific effect for it?"

This is called motion blur.
https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/assorted-animation-tools.html#m...



[Davide Marchesi] "- also, when the text comes on screen it looks way more natural in the example I linked than in my attempt, is there another way to do this that you would recommend? Is there size animation on the null object the best way to do it?"

Animating the scale property is a good approach.

To make the animation more natural, use eased keyframes instead of linear ones, and consider manipulating them with the graph editor:
https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/speed.html



[Davide Marchesi] "- to replicate the movement of the text once it's on the screen, should I use the wiggle expression?"

Sure, use a wiggle expression or use the Wiggler if you want this randomness expressed as editable keyframes:
https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/assorted-animation-tools.html#a...

If you're new to After Effects, I'd recommend the following link, in which Adobe's Todd Kopriva pulls together some important introductory materials:
http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/01/getting-started-with-after-eff.h...

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Keywords animation in After Effects
by on Feb 12, 2015 at 1:04:11 pm

Besides Walter's advice, I would add the following suggestion:
For anything "organic" try to use data captured from the real thing. If you want the text to move in a more organic way than what the wiggle expression can give you, take a decent camera, use it hand held and shoot something dark on a light wall. Bring that footage to AE and track the dark object. Use the track data to create a Null, then link your text layer to that Null.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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