Lower thirds in After Effects part 3 of 3: Creating a fully animated lower third

This is part 3 of 3 lessons talking about simple lower thirds.

In our first lesson, we looked at what a lower third is, and how to create a very simple one using a shape layer and gradients.

in our second lesson, we created a more styled eye catching design using tools built into After Effects, and photo imagery.

In this lesson we continue from our design in part 2- and add to it. In here we make use of alpha mattes and precomps to give our design more life than simply fading in and fading out.

The topics covered in this lesson are:

Assembling our lower third

Using alpha mattes,

Animation of position properties

Easing of keyframes (keyframe interpolation)

Viewing multiple comps at once

Finessing our animation

Using the Light Sweep effect

Time Reversing of Keyframes
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Sign replacement tutorial in After Effects using Mocha Ae

Its very common to have to replace or remove signs in different pieces of footage.  Sometimes we dont want to show something, sometimes we need to replace it, such as a tv screen or mobile device.  What a lot of people dont know is that Mocha from Boris and Imagineer systems is bundled in After Effects as Mocha AE for planer tracking.

In this tutorial I go over the process of taking a scene and replacing a sign as well and looking at why i can’t rely on just the built in rigid mask tracker in After Effects.

If you are looking for more information on logo o sign replacement, Mocha, or After Effects training, please visit www. StanislawRobertLuberda.com.  I offer Face to face training classes for teams up to 6 people in a classroom environment.

In addition to that, I’ve got more tutorials focusing on all different software and techniques.

Tutorial: Using the Adobe Media encoder

I recently started creating and uploading a series of tutorials about the different software and techniques I teach.

In this tutorial, learn how to properly use the Adobe Media Encoder to speed up your renders, save them for the end of the day, split work among different computers, specify timecode overlays and so much more.  It’s *almost* everything there is to know about the AME in one lesson.

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Speed ramping and “faking super slow mo”

Last week I had the Privilege to speak at the MCA-I meetup here in Milwaukee WI.
The topic was “fast and slow” speed ramping and time changes with video/photos.

We started the meetup with Todd Keller from Aquent Studios at Rockwell Automation giving us a breakdown on using several GoPro cameras to cover events at a conference.  He discussed concerns when it comes to memory and the math required to cover an 8 day event (number of exposures, time between exposures and power adapters)  

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Multipoint/perspective tracking for logo replacement/removal

In after effects we have several different option in tracking items within footage.  Many situations can call for removing or replacing a logo due to copyright or production change issues.  Before we explored using Mocha AE to track footage but in this tutorial we will look at using the multipoint/perspective tracker to stay completely within After effects without bouncing into Mocha or other third party software.

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Using the Rigid mask tracker in after effects

If you are like me, theres lots of times where you may be running and gunning or editing footage of someone else out in the field, and when you sit down with it need to remove certain information etc.

In the past I would mask things by hand or even jump into mocha and start tracking things across time, when I would have the tracking points fail me in After effects.

But the new Mask tracker feature in After Effects lets me mask quickly and easily so I can spend more time on my actual edit instead of cleaning up the footage and getting it ready to edit.

Using the Rigid Mask Tracker in After Effects from C2GPS on Vimeo.

Heres a video I put together showing how the Rigid mask tracker works in After effects, but note that in the late 2014 release of Premiere Pro, we have this same tool availble saving you time in round tripping and creating extra Ae Compositions.