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Samuel Ashdown
Text animated with lens blur and following a path ?
on May 20, 2016 at 1:00:44 pm

Hey guys, i've googled and googled but still coming up stumped on this one, I have a short clip where focus is being pulled along a tree branch and i need to add a text label to that as part of a larger project. However i want the text to come into focus as it were with a certain point on the branch, then out of focus again. All the while attached to a anchor on the branch that moves the text up and down the Y axis of the frame with the branch.

The video and its text is here -



which will probably make it clearer.

I'm not great at AE, i'm much more often a photoshop guy. Motion tracker cant work out how the branch moves because of the loss of focus so im guessing it'll be a manual path dealie.


Any advice greatly appreciated


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Greg Gesch
Re: Text animated with lens blur and following a path ?
on May 22, 2016 at 3:44:22 am

Hi. AE's inbuilt Camera Tracker can track this footage (Animation/Track Camera). For the blur you might keyframe the Camera Lens Blur effect and eyeball it to the amount of blur on the original.


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