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After Effects Keyframing Part2

Check out this video tutorial for learning how to keyframe in Adobe After Effects. You may want to view Part1 of this After FX keyframing tutorial before watching this video.

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Hello everyone my name is Mickey Hough and this is part 2 of After Effects basic key-framing. Today we are going to finish the lower third by animating the text and adding a light sweep to the logo.

So lets get started. First I am going to park my timeline indicator at last key-frame of our current animation. This is where we will start our text animations.

Navigate to our effect and presets panel and choose animation presets then text folder then animate in. I want to add the typewriter effect to the golden retriever text layer so I will simply drag the typewriter preset onto that layer.

This adds tow key frames to this layer but as I render this I can see the duration takes longer than I would like. So I will select the layer and hit the let U on my keyboard to bring up all parameters with key frames.

I can see that the default range is 2 seconds and 15 frames. I only want the duration to be 1 second so I will park exactly one second from the first key frame and then simply drag the second key-frame back and hold shift when I get close and it will snap into place.

Now render that and it looks pretty good. Now I want to add a stretch and blur effect to the other text layers.

This effect can be found under Transitions – Movement. This is not normally a text effect but I like how it looks on text.

I will now drag the stretch and blur effect to the last two text layers. Again, I do not like the duration of the default effect settings, I prefer my stretch a blur text effects to be around 15 frames.

So I will park 15 frames ahead of the first key frame, lasso both key frames and slide them back holding shift when I get close so the snap into place.

So let’s render this out and see what we have. All right looks pretty good, the last thing I would like to do is have the entire lower third fade away all together. The easiest way to accomplish this is to pre-compose all the layers.

First let me close up all my layers and to pre-compose all the layers just click on the top layer then shift click to the bottom layer of the lower third  leaving the background image.  Now navigate to layer then choose pre-compose.

Rename the new pre-comp to lower third pre comp and select ok. Lets navigate to 5 seconds and hit the T key to select opacity on our pre comp layer.

I will hit the stopwatch to set our first key frame and now I will move my indicator down to 5;20 and type zero for a value to set our second key frame. 

Now let render the entire composition out and see what we have. Ok that looks good and any part of this can now be easily adjusted with selecting any of our key frames or we could simply change the text so that we can utilize this project over and over again.

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