Creating Motion Graphics in Adobe® Premiere Pro

Animating Text

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This video segment shows how to add keyframes to animate the text.

Keywords

  • premiere pro
  • adobe
  • motion graphics
  • animating text
  • keyframing text
  • lower thirds

About this video

Author(s)
Navin Kulshreshtha
First online
31 January 2019
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-4465-4_11
Online ISBN
978-1-4842-4465-4
Publisher
Apress
Copyright information
© Navin Kulshreshtha 2019

Video Transcript

[Audio Starts at 00:00:00]

Kulshreshtha: So we’ve created some taxed and a rectangular now we’re going to animate it. First of all here in the timeline I’m going to click on the appropriate clip, this one is called in nature that will reveal its properties in both the effect controls panel and the essential graphics panel and we’re going to start by animating the four seasons layer so I’m going to select that layer in the essential graphics panel and it’s actually possible to animate several properties in side of the essential graphics panel such as the position, the scale, the rotation, the opacity and the eckerpoint and if you hover your mouse over top of this icon right here you’ll notice that it says toggle animation for position.

So what I’m going to do is there’s actually going to be a total of four key frames here so at one second it’s going to be at its current position so I’m going to click on the toggle animation and then I’m going to go to the very beginning of the timeline and I’m going to shift the position off-screen like that. Now I’ve actually created two key frames and you’ll notice that when I play the timeline the text comes onto the screen. Now one thing is that I’m not able to see the key frames in the essential graphics panel. In order to actually see the key frames I have to move over to the effect controls panel and then I have to scroll through the effect controls panel until I locate the four season’s text. I need to make sure that its properties are expanded and then as I scroll down some more I’m going to look for the position property.

If it’s not visible you might have to click on the triangle next to transform to reveal the position property and now I can see my key frames so you can create these key frames either in the essential graphics panel or in the effect controls panel it’s up to you. It’s a personal preference and now I’m going to continue my work here in the effect controls panel. I’m going to go to four seconds, I’m going to create another key frame to hold the text in place then I’m going to go to the very end of the clip and then I am going to move the text off-screen like that and so if we look at these four key frames we can see that the text comes on to the screen and then the text goes off the screen.

It’s functional but it’s a little bit choppy, it could be smoother and we’re going to do that by adding easing and if I reveal the velocity graph for positioning you’ll see how the velocity changes very suddenly and abruptly over time. We’re going to smooth it with easing. I’m going to right click on the second key frame, go to temporal interpolation we’re going to ease into that key frame then the third key frame over here which is at four seconds I’m going to right click temporal interpolation we’re going to ease out of that key frame and now you’ll notice how we have a smooth gradual change in the velocity and if I wanted to I could even take these handles and I could manipulate these handles some more to create even smoother changes.

First of all I have to click on the key frame then I can come down to manipulate the handles like that. It’ll take some practice, it’s a little bit tricky to be able to grab these handles and then if I take a look at the animation now there’s some very smooth stopping and starting so I like that. So the easing has made a big difference and now I’m going to hide the velocity graph, I don’t need to see that anymore and now I would also like to animate the rectangle so here in the essential graphics panel I’m going to select the rectangle, I’m going to go to the very beginning and again I could create key frames here, opacity key frames by clicking on this little button or I could do it in the effect controls panel so in this case I’m going to start in the effect controls panel.

I have to find the appropriate object so this is what I’m looking for shape, rectangle then I’m going to scroll down to find its opacity and at one second it’s going to be at normal opacity. I’m going to click on the toggle animation button which will create the first key frame and that’ll set the opacity at eighty percent. It’s not quite at a hundred percent. Then I’m going to go to four seconds I’m going to create another key frame.

This one will also hold it at eighty percent then I’ll go to the very end of the clip we’re going to bring the opacity down to zero then I’m going to go to the very beginning of the clip and I’m going to bring the opacity down to zero so now this is also four key frames that fades the rectangle up then it’s going to fade down. If I wanted to I could also add easing to these key frames and so now we have a nice animation of the text coming on to the screen and then gently moving off of the screen.