After Effects Tutorial – Basic Motion Graphics & Kinetic Typography | Video School Online



hey what's up everyone this is Phil Abner with video school online.com bringing you a quick tutorial this is an After Effects basic motion graphics tutorial we're going to teach you how to do some basic motion graphics in hopefully less than 10 minutes we'll see how quickly we can get through all this but we're basically going to go through some position size and different types of transitions to create something like this so motion graphics and especially motion graphics with text it's a huge thing right now you see it in commercials and movies and TV shows music videos you name it there's some motion graphics going on and so it really boiled down through a few basic techniques that I'm going to show you how to use in After Effects now before we get started I would just want to say that I you can be using whatever version of After Effects that you want I'm going to be using After Effects CC which is the Creative Cloud version the latest version as of the recording of this lesson but you could really use any of them and while watching this video make sure you're watching in 1920 1080p full screen you'll get the best viewing experience that way so I'm also going to go through a little bit quicker so you might may be good if you have a little bit of After Effects experience and just know your way around the program if you don't you can go and check out my other tutorials or even one of my online classes I have a complete After Effects course where you'll learn everything you need to know so here we are in After Effects and this is the basic motion graphic that we're going to create today so to create a new composition or a new video you go down to this button down here that's create new composition or go up to the top select new composition or press command n on a Mac or ctrl + on a PC you can just name this motion graphics or whatever you want this is where you set your settings in this module so we have 1920 by 1080 framerate 23 976 that's fine duration 10 seconds that's good enough for us background color I always leave at black but you'll notice when I created that the background is not black and that's because my toggle transparency grid is clicked on and so that may means I can see what's transparent because technically there is no background even though they say it's black there's no layer here that is creating a black background so we're going to create a new layer you can go up to layer new solid that's what we're going to create there's all sorts of different layers so there's text solid lights cameras all sorts of things we're going to create a new solid so you can also press command Y on the keyboard and then just pick a color I use this aqua teal for the last version so I'll use something else maybe something like a little bit of purple in there something like this magenta that's nice and I'm going to rename this background we can always go back and change the color of this if it's too bright or something like that you can press command shift Y on a Mac or you can go up to layer solid settings and you can click this color and basically change it say I want more grey in there something like that you can do that all right so then we're going to start to add our text so you go up to this T or press command T and then click in your composition and then type your first word and I already have you know my font choice and everything but we can choose a different font for it just for sake of trying something new over here in your character window if you don't see that you go up to window and click on character I love a veneer it's a nice clean font we'll try to use something else that's kind of clean like that how about future is not bad and there's also different options down here so we can do condense medium medium medium italics condensed extra bold333 marshal TW cen double clicking it and then you can just change the text so I'm using all capitals just because I think all caps in motion graphics works well I can either change the size of this welcome by changing the font size over here like so or I can press s and it brings up the scale options and I can raise or lower the scale so I like leaving my scale out 100 percent at the start while I you know put together my composition because basically how I create motion graphics is I put together for example if it's text I put together all of my text and how it will look in the end and then I go backwards and create all the motion so that's what I'm doing now I'm creating all the Texans to see how it looks in the end so I'm going to go ahead and duplicate my welcome move that down oops oh you see that a zoom out to get back to that full view you can go up to this box right here click fit up to 100% so I'm just going to duplicate or edit this welcome oops duplicate to the typically Kate it one more I can type it in and then move it but to move it you're going to have to click and press B on your keyboard or go back and click selection tool because if you have the horizont if you have the type tool and you try to move it it's not going to work so you have to go back up to the selection tool right here or press B on your keyboard you'll notice that is they're all too big so one thing I can do is select all three and drop down the font size until I think they will all fit and I'm just going to slide these over and it looks like they're actually too small so I'm going to just play around with it after effects is a lot of playing around you see as I try to click these these this text I click the background and now I'm stuck moving in the background and I can't really click on to my text one way to not run into that problem is to lock my background so down here on the timeline under this lock checkbox you can just click the lock for this background layer now I can't move it and when I use my mouse to just select the text it's easy to select I'm just going to select all three and just on my keyboard I can press shift up or just the up arrow key to move the text one pixel at a time so this looks pretty good but it looks it all looks kind of high if I turn on my tile action safe it's not all centered vertically so I'm going to select all my text and then just move it down until it's about in the middle something like that alright so this is going to be my final sort of view of this next and now we're going to actually animate it in each one we're going to do a different type of animation so you see here that hello kind of drops down from and it rotates onto the screen this is something you see a lot let's do that first so the first thing we want to do is change the anchor point you'll see on every layer you'll see that there's this little circle with lines coming out of it it's really hard to see but if i zoom in you might be able to see it better so you can also press H or use the hand tool to move around your composition if it's zoomed in just a quick note so you see this little circle with the lines coming out of it that's called the anchor point and that is what our text is anchored to so when you rotate it so if you press R you bring up the rotation options you could rotate your text and see how it rotates around that anchor point or if I press scale and increase the scale it grows from that spot if I move it and you can move it by going up to this Pan behind tool and moving the anchor point so let's say we move it from to the middle now if we increase the scale see how it increases from the center of the text or rotate it rotates from the center well that's what the anchor point does and so we're going to move the anchor point up to the top of this so that when we rotate it backwards it's going to rotate from the top so right now you'll notice that if you press R there's only one option for rotating but what we were doing in this this composition it's a 3d rotation it's actually rotating backwards in space so you this cube box right here on the timeline you can check that on and that turns on 3d rotation or 3d and for this layer and you'll notice that there's three different options for rotation so we can rotate it along the x axis along the y axis see how it's like 3d or again on the z axis which is our normal rotation so we're going to rotate on the x-axis and if you've never played with After Effects or heard about keyframes this is going to be a huge lesson for you key framing is basically how you create animations with After Effects or pretty much any other motion graphics tool or video editing software so to set a keyframe we're going to well first of all we have to set our first point for our rotation so we're going to take our X rotation and rotate it back 90 degrees or so I would go exactly 90 degrees so you can type that in then there's the stopwatch right here next to the X rotation you're going to click that and see how there's now a yellow diamond down here on the timeline well that's a keyframe and that means that at this point on the timeline at this at 0 seconds and 0 frames at this current time the rotation is going to be 90 degrees on the x axis if we go forward in time about you know half a second and we rotate it down to zero see how it automatically creates a keyframe well it'll automatically create a keyframe if there's already keyframe set for that layer and you'll see from this point to this point it animates because you're saying at 0 frames I want the hello to be at a 90 degree rotation and at half a second at this point we want zero degrees and so what happens in between it changes and it creates this rotation so that's our first animation we're actually going to just move the this whole layer down just a bit because we want it to start just you know a few frames after the start of our composition one other thing we can do is right click this last free keyframe go to keyframe assistant and do easy ease in and what that does is it slows down the animation as it gets to this point so it's without easy ease it's the same speed from the first keyframe to the second keyframe with easy ease in on for the second keyframe it starts out fast or the normal speed and then it slows in to this and it's just a little bit more natural of emotion alright the last thing we're going to do is turn on motion blur so you'll see this kind of three spheres layered over each other this is the motion blur option so click on motion blur and you'll notice nothing happens if you just play it and the way I'm playing it is and rendering it out so you know is I have a full keyboard with a number-pad on the right side so that is high I press zero on the number pad to render it out if you don't have a number pad you can press ctrl 0 on your keyboard to render it out and it's rendered out when this top bar is green but you'll notice that motion blur is not on we must click this enable motion blur button right here on the timeline and you'll notice that's a little bit blurrier it's really hard to tell but you can notice um if I just put my time marker in between see how it's a little blurry if I turn this off it's not blurry at all and I turn it on it's blurry that's because the human eye you know we try to capture motion as quick as possible or eyes do in our brains do but inevitably things are have blur when they move and so this makes it a little bit more natural so that's our first animation the second thing we're going to do is we're going to have welcome come in and then kind of bounce into place so we're actually going to set our first keyframe for welcome if you press P so we worked with rotation for hello now we're going to work with position so position you'll see here is the position of our text on the screen so we can set a keyframe on position so click that stopwatch then go backwards and if you go down to our hello layer and press you you will see all the keyframes for that layer that will help us because we want to start this welcome animation right at the end of the hello right before it stops so right before it stops rotating we're going to set another keyframe per welcome and the way we're going to do that is we're just going to change these digits over here so I'm just clicking and dragging to the left this first digit which moves welcome over to the left and see now how see how it comes on to the screen like so but render it out you can see how it just comes onto the screen we're also going to turn on we're just going to turn on 3d for all these layers for the heck of it and also turn on motion blur for all of them so there you have now welcome as motion blur added to it but we want to add a little bit of a bounce so this is our final the spot but before it gets there we want it to go past this spot so I'm just going to go back a few frames in time and then actually move this over past our n spot so I'm just clicking it holding shift and dragging it to the right side so now it kind of goes past it and bounces back but it's still a little jarring it's a little too fast so I'm going to click this end one turn easy ease in on and then this middle one I'm going to do just click easy ease and that so that slows it into the animation and slows it out of that animation so I'm going to add a little bit more time for it to kind of go backwards into its spot by just dragging the second keyframe out a little bit more so now ok we're getting a little bit of funky motion so I'm just going to select all these right click them and select key for key frame interpolation I'm just going to do linear time under spatial interpolation see if that helps so that helps a lot there is some funky motion and so if you ever get that funky motion that might be what it is the keyframe interpolation so this is a little too slow now so I'm going to move that keyframe in a little bit and now we have welcome bouncing into our screen so that was welcome that was our position change next we're going to do another rotation with two so this one will be simple so I'm just going to again bring up the keyframes for the welcome layer now I'm going to rotate two onto the screen our anchor point is at the bottom of the two which is good so we don't have to do anything so just press R to bring up rotation and set a keyframe for X rotation so this is our final rotation point but this isn't where we want it in our timeline so I'm just going to move this over a few frames about half a second and then I'm going to go backwards negative 90 degrees actually we can go forward I think we did four I went forwards 90 degrees either way it will work I so see how this rotates on let's see how you can see it now in the composition is just you know there we want to drag the end of this layer to the start of this motion so to the first keyframe so now you won't see it until it animates on and that's how we want it so now we have two rotating onto the screen and we could also do an easy ease and if we want so that slows down at the end of this this motion so that can be nice so that's our two animation maybe I want to move it over to the left a little bit so that it starts rotating while welcome is bouncing back so something like this so it's more things are happening at once on the screen and then we have a new type of animation for our the the layer see how it kind of comes out of the two this is another thing that we see a lot of in motion graph fix the way we do this is there's a few ways but I'm going to show you how to do it with a mask so if you go up to this rectangle tool you will see that if you click on a layer you can create a mask around it so if I wanted to cut off half of the the word the I can do that but I don't want that I want to create a mask around the whole thing so starting from the right side and then clicking and dragging creating this rectangle I'm going to drag a rectangle to the end of this too so where the to the letter O ends so now I have a mask and I'm going to create a keyframe animation for both the mask and for the position because we can change how the mask is with an animation we can move the mask around grow it shrink it do all sorts of things to do that press M and you get mask path down here so set a keyframe and then also for position press P set a keyframe and then press u to bring up both of those keyframes so now at this point in time the the word the word that is at this point and the mask is at this point that's our final position so I'm going to just move this ahead a few frames and then I'm going to go backwards a few frames just a couple frames and now I'm going to actually create my motion so I want that to come out of the two so the DA has to start on this side of the two or at least the O but now it's funky because the mask is still on this side of the two as well I want the mask to be on the other side of the two so click mask and move it to the right side of the O and now you'll see that the mass stays in the same spot but the comes out of the O so that's a great way to make text or pictures or anything kind of appear onto your screen all right so that's the last one and or that's the second the last one and then show is a simple scale transition so it kind of bounces into this the frame with scale one thing we're going to do first is change the anchor point so go up to this Pan behind tool or press Y and then move this to the center of show because we want it to grow from the center of the word not from the bottom left corner press s we're going to go to our final spot where we want to be a hundred percent about there and set a keyframe then we're going to go backwards two frames or so and increase it to like 110% and then go backwards where we want it to start to animate and go zero so now pay attention to the show you'll see that it bounces in one thing we can do is do keyframe easy ease you keep your my sistent easy ease and then for the last one dude just easy ease in and this makes it a little bit more natural and so there you have the basics of a motion graphics type op actually is more kinetic typography but you can use these sort of transitions and animations for any sort of After Effects project and you could do so much with it you'll notice that my layers are different colors I do that just so I can separate the text from the background so if I select all these text layers and click the red box and then click blue for example now I know all these are text layers and the background is the red layer and so if we render out there you have our awesome motion graphics animation I know this ended up being a lot longer than 10 minutes this ended up taking 23 minutes but um you know I hope you learned a lot there was a lot in this video you you know you're basically learning all the basic basics you need to get started with any sort of motion graphic project in After Effects these are the basic skills you need to do know you have to know how to use keyframes yeah know how to use masks you have to know how to you know do different animations with size rotation position and that's basically it for After Effects there's so many more you know there's lots of other special effects con things but these with these things you can do a lot of cool stuff so thank you so much for watching if you have any questions please let me know hit me up in the comments below otherwise you can also check out video school online comm for more advanced tutorials and articles about After Effects and video making and you can take my online courses as well through video school online comm I have right now I have over 19 great courses covering everything from After Effects to beer making so check them out at video school online.com and check out some of my other videos you'll find some great tutorials on on YouTube as well thank you so much for watching and have a great day bye

39 Replies to “After Effects Tutorial – Basic Motion Graphics & Kinetic Typography | Video School Online”

  1. Hey, question for you, what if I wanted to make the "Hello" swing back and forth? Like see how you have it swing from 90* and then it stops, what if I wanted it to continue going ("swinging") and then eventually slow down and stop. is it possible?

  2. Thanks man. Those 3D options should definitely allow me to make better things in my Motion Design class (and better things if I ever have to use motion graphics as an editor in the future).

  3. I'm glad you touched on the anchor point, a big source of frustration until you understand it. Something that helped me immensely, right click the layer>transform> then you have the option to "center the anchor point in layer'. saved my ass more than once. great job on the tutorial, ESPECIALLY with your explanation of movements. i'm definitely going to check out your website. thanks dude

  4. I have a question about the text moving out of text effect. It worked a couple of times, but now that I'm working on a kinetic typography project I can't seem to make a mask that actually masks? It worked when my text layer wasn't in 3D, but then I put it in 3D for my camera layer to work but now I can't seem to click on either "tool creates shape" or "tool creates mask". it makes a mask layer, but the mask doesn't make the typo layer invisible outside the mask… do you maybe know how to fix this?

  5. It's not the human eye that gets motion blur, its cameras, because cameras have a shutter speed.

    shutter opens and closes in aroung 1/60 of a second (give or take), in that fraction of a second the subject moves, and that movemnet causes motion blur.

    We're so used to seeing things through a camera that we recreate the artifacts of a camera in computer generated footage or images.

    Same applies to depth of field.

  6. Dab nab dangit. Well thought I'd learn something. You keep mentioning mac. So that's probably why its not working. Can't win for losing with adobe..  Can't copy  key marks. Couldn't find a button for it either. Tried command c just for the heck of it. But didn't work. If you hear of anyone with a good set of tutorials for Windows. Could you let me know. Not the quick six video that tells the basic of the basics. But actually helps you learn it. Your vids would be great but I don't have a mac. Unfortunately . Its seems everyone else does. The only vids I find . Are  either mac or older versions. I've got a separate folder in bookmarks for all the videos I thought would do some good. lolol Can duplicate text box. But gotta be careful or you'll end up with 50 new text boxes if you hit cntrl-d.

  7. YEEEY!!!! someone else that actually USES AECC. And it does matter if you don't know previous versions. For instants. Times don't match effects for cs6. and to delete you just click on it and hit delete. What I can't find is the undo. Even tho I set it to 54

  8. Awesome video man. I did something sort of similar using transitions in Sony Vegas but I really want it to be more professional for a new YouTube end card XD Thanks a lot dude, I think this is going to help my vision come to life!

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