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Animated Video Transitions: Hand-Drawn Effects for Final Cut Pro X

Patrick Davidson, Expat Animator

Animated Video Transitions: Hand-Drawn Effects for Final Cut Pro X

Patrick Davidson, Expat Animator

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6 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Class Trailer

    • 2. Animate "Waterfall" Transition

    • 3. Exporting Transition

    • 4. Adding Transition to Video

    • 5. More Transition Examples

    • 6. Recap

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Are you looking for a cool, unique way to transition your video scenes? Add this easy to learn hand-drawn effect to your next project.  This class will teach you an easy to create, animated, transition that you can use in your next video project. Create it once and use it over and over again! Get creative with your transition effect. Create more than one to have multiple transitions to choose from. Class requirements are a computer or tablet with the program Rough Animator. A drawing tablet is recommended for this class as well. We will use Final Cut Pro X for adding our animated transition but you can use any video editor you want. If you are not familiar with Rough Animator, don’t worry. It is only $5 and has an easy to learn interface. This class is for beginners but animation fans and professionals are also welcome.

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1. Class Trailer: are you looking for a cool and unique way to transition your video scenes at this easy to learn hand drawn animated effect to your next project? This class will teach you and easy to create animated transition that you can use in your next video project created once and use it over and over again. Get creative with your transition effects. Create more than one to have multiple transitions to choose from. For our class project, we will use the program Rough Animator to create our animated transition effects. We will then use the effect in our video editor of Choice to Transition Between Shots. If you don't have rough animator, don't worry. The technique should work in your favorite two D animation program. Class requirements are a computer or tablet with the program. Rough Animator. A drawing tablet is recommended for this class as well. If you want to go beyond the animation section of this class, you may want to use a video editor like Final Cut Pro. But any video editor should dio. If you're not familiar with rough animator, don't worry, it's only $5 it's pretty easy to pick up this classes for beginners. But animation fans and professionals are also welcome. Hi, there. My name is Patrick Davidson. I'm a graphics freelancer and part time animator I've been animating for over 20 years now , and I've worked on projects from TV commercials, two feature films that work mainly in two D for hand drawn animation. My favorite personal animated projects are the Web comedy series Traveling Green Goes and My Action. Siri's Trip. I'm also an expat from California living in my new adopted country of Costa Rica, but enough about me. Let's get into this class. 2. Animate "Waterfall" Transition: Welcome to today's class. Let's get started by opening a new roof animator project. So we're gonna hit new project and the resolution you pick is gonna want to match up with the video that you want to use these transitions for. So if you want to go four k, you can add that in here. I'm going to do 10. 80 p at 30 frames a second. So it's it. Okay, zoom out on my campus a little bit and let's just get set up here so we can start to animate. The first thing I want to do is I want to pick a color so you can make this effect that we're going to do is going to be like some water falling down or maybe some slime. So maybe you want to pick like a green or a blue for water. So let's just pick blue for now and going to rename the layer the animation and let's grab our brush tool and make sure that we've got the right brush size, which that might be a little thick. So I'm gonna bring that down about 25 and that looks better. Okay, so now, at this point, I'm gonna zoom in a little bit. I'm a switch from my mouse to my drawing pin to make this a little bit easier. Is this where I'm going to be actually drawing? So our first frame, we What we want to do is just start to draw a little bit of the water in this case, starting to droop down. So at this point, we want to go and we want to turn on onion skin. And with that on, What that's going to do is when we go up here, we're going to just do ad drawing at after and then we can see where we drew the last time . So now I just want to draw a little bit bigger and maybe even more bigger than that. I want to give it a little more space. So imagine that the water is coming down in streaks and that's kind of what we're gonna be animating here. So we do. Once we do that, we're going to do another ad after and now we see just the one previous drawing with their onion skin on. So I'm just going to keep on drawing like this and Maybe at this point I want to add one new one coming in because eventually this whole page is going to be filled with the with the blue water effect. So let's go ahead and duplicate that after, and we'll keep bringing these down further and further, and maybe I'll add another one here and we're gonna do another ad after and we don't want to go too much on the space. We just want to add to these little by little, and eventually we will get to the bottom of the page here and I'll start anyone there. Let's add after and keep going. So this is a little tedious. I'm going to keep going and speed this up a little bit and you'll see it's I'm just doing the same thing over and over again. It's not gonna be that many drawings that we're gonna have to do to get this effect, because remember, we basically we're gonna have the transition happen within a few seconds, and you can see as these start to get closer Now. I could just have one continuous line as these could start to join. So there that my first framework just one continuous line, and now it's gonna start going faster. Okay, so we've finished doing our line drawing, and before we'd start filling this end with Blue, we want to keep continuing the line going. We're going to start another line at the top, going back down. So this frame here is good right here is going to be full blue. But I'm just gonna put an X here for now, and that's gonna remind me to fill it in Now. Then, at this point, we're going to start going the other way. So let's go to add drawing we're gonna add after That's good is going to give us a blink palette here. And then I'm just going to start barely drawing in a few lines here. But at this point now, we want to add after and we need to make sure onion skin is still turned on. We're going to basically do the same thing as we did before, which is just drawing our water dripping down. So I'm gonna go ahead and speed this up a little bit. There's no real reason to watch this in real time, as this is just the process that we've just did we just keep on hitting ad after we make sure that our onion skin is turned on and eventually we will get to the point where we're ready to come back and use our fill tool. Okay, It looks like we're done. I'm gonna turn onion skin off. Now, at this point, I can't see my whole timeline. So I'm going to go here to timeline horizontal zoom. I'm going to bring that down until I could see all my frames. And at this point, I want to find that that X frame, which is right there. Okay, Now we can grab our paint bucket tool, and we can fill that frame in. So this is our center frame in between the two animations, and I might add a few frames to that. Give it about six frames because we want to make sure that there's a hold in between the two video clips. It's not just one frame, because sometimes that's not enough. So we want to give it a little bit of space here, and that's the reason for that. Now, at this stage, what we want to do is you want it goes through and start filling in all of our line work. And this way we're gonna be filling it in on the bottom half, not the top half. So that's the difference here. So let's do let me find a big section here. If I hit feel here. It feels perfectly now I'm gonna undo that. And I'm gonna drop my Felix band down toe like one or zero. And if I feel it in and zoom in here, you can see we get this white line and we don't want that. So I'm gonna undo that. I'm gonna bump up my feel expand to a number that when I click Phil, we don't get that line. But if let me undo that one more time Now, if I have this up too high and I hit Phil, it's gonna fill beyond this line sometimes. Let me let me go up. Always 20 and see. You can see here. It's starting to break our line so you don't want to go too high and you don't want to go too low. Ah, and I think for this sample five should work. I think there. Okay, so let's get it so we can see our whole canvas here and let's start at the beginning and just start filling in any dots, the drips here that we can. And when I finish with one frame here now, this one could be a little tough. Let me let me zoom in here. And what might be better is just go grab the brush tool and fill that in OK, And zoom back out, center our canvas. Let me go to frame three. Now I can click on frame three here like this or I can use my arrow left and right arrow keys on my keyboard and flip through the frames that way. So I'm gonna start using my right arrow key as I work, I'm gonna just click and Phil. And when I'm done, I hit the right arrow key and click and fill. This will get you a fast workflow when a zoomed I'm gonna fast forward this a little bit now as I get to the end here, there, we've gone to full blue screen and then we want to start our next, um, frame here. And instead of filling in these parts, we're gonna fill in the other part so that if I toggle back. See how the let me do a few more of these. So if I go backwards, you can see what we're doing here is we're going. The water is dropping down and in the water's going away, so we're almost done. Let's just continue to fill in our background frames here or filling our frames here. We'll be done in a second. Okay, we've reached the end, so we're at 62 frames, which is just about two seconds of animation, so that's a pretty good for a transition. Let's go back to the beginning here. I'm gonna add a blank drawing here, and the only way to add is add after I want to move that to the front of this frame. So we just come up here and we hit this button once, and they're now we've got a blank frame to start us off, and I'm gonna add a few frames of this just so that we can get a little bit of breathing room and before we hit play. So let's go and see what we got. And I think that looks pretty cool. So just depending on how you draw your own water, falling effect here. You know, everybody just could be a little bit unique, so you could mess around with the timing. If you wanted this to be a longer falling of the water, you would do more drawings. So if you wanted it to go faster, you would do less drawing. But I find that you want at least a second or two for this effect to work so that you can see it happening. If you go too fast, it's it's hard to see at this point I want to save my work. You can see here we have not saved our work yet. So let's go ahead and it file save, and I'm gonna save it to the desktop. And I'll just call this water transition and save it to the desktop. Okay? And now we are ready to export this to use in our video editor 3. Exporting Transition: so to export this, What I want to do is we're going to do file and we want to. We can use either of these the quick time video or the PNG Sequence PNG sequence. You'll know when you need that. I went into that in another class, but for now we just want to use the quick time video as I find it's a little bit easier. Uh, and we'll save that to the desktop, and that's just going to save it as a dot a movie file. Okay, now we can hide Rough animator and let's take a look at our movie pretty cool. Okay, let's get ready to take this into our video editor. 4. Adding Transition to Video: So we're ready to go into our video editor, so I'm gonna open final cut pro. Never. You got a project started here, so I'm gonna import my clips and I want to bring in two clips and the transition water transition we just made. So let's bring those in. And then I just want to grab a little piece of video here and drop that onto the timeline. I'm gonna drop the audio out and grab another little piece of this clip. We just need enough video so that the transition will show up. So right here, that's that's pride way too much. Let's drop that down. Let's zoom in. So here's what we want the transition to go in between there and their. So we just grab our transition and we're gonna we're gonna dry and drop it kind of in the center in between those two clips so you can see our transition is just showing the blue and white, and we can't see the video underneath it. So the trick and final cut is we want to come over to our effects browser and we want to go to keying. And we wanted grab LULAC here and we want to drop that right on top of our water transition and you'll see we instantly get this weird transparency going on. So if we come over here into our Lou Mike here, one hit show, okay, now we can hit the invert, and by doing that, it's gonna make all this white area the transparent, and that's the effect that we want there. But we stuff some transparency going on up here in the blue. So we just grab this top toggle here and we slide it as we see as we slide it to the right , we lose that transparency. So you just find the right balance here. If we go too far, you'll see we get this weird white stuff going on on edge here. So we just want to make sure that we get somewhere right about there and then the effect plays exactly how he wanted to. So we can render that and play that and let's take a look and had work perfectly over our break. So you didn't see that clip actually breaking from this clip to this clip, which is what we exactly what we wanted. So that's how you get the effect using Rough Animator and Final Cut pro. And at this point we can export our final video and let's go ahead and do that real quick to see what what it looks like. Say that to the desktop and we will go take a look here. So let's hide. Final Cut And here is our movie. Let's just play that full screen and see what we get And there you go, Ah, water Fall transition over your video using Rough Animator 5. More Transition Examples: Let's take a look at another example of a transition that I just animated. So we're going to rough animator and you'll see what I did here is I went to the background layer and I just drew a guideline and I drew it in yellow. And this is the direction that I want the swirl we're gonna do a swirl animation to follow . Then I went up here to the swirl layer and on the first frame for the second frame, I drew a little triangle, and as I progressed through, it's the same technique as the waterfall. I was just drawing the line, and then I came back in and filled in afterwards. But I just following the point of this along the path, and I was able to do this really quickly. You can see using the guide as, ah, the lot Yellow Line. As a guide, this world eventually fills up the canvas. Now, to make this even faster, we can add a cycle so that it reverses out of the transition. So I'm gonna show you how to do that. So you want to go to the your final frame here, and we're going to add a drawing we're gonna add after and now we've got our blank frame and what we can do is we can hit make cycle. And now you see, we get this green line selecting all of the frames beforehand, and from here, I'm still selected on that. It's got one frame I wanna keep adding this so that we will get the full. I think it was around 30 frames or so. So I'm just gonna click that until Okay, so at 30 to 31 so you can see the line here. That's the end of the cycle. So let's go back one. Okay, now we've got the full cycle. If you come over here to our tool options, we want to switch this from forward to back forward. What that's going to do is it's going to make this reverse out of what we've just done and you'll see we're getting these two frames here. So what we want to do is we want to, uh, come here and just delete those two frames. Okay? So the last frame is going to be this little triangle here. Let me let me hide the background really fast. Here get that yellow line out of there now. I'm gonna go and add one more blank frame here, so let's add after and that's just a blank frame, but it's automatically given it 28 frames. So let's just give that a frame and that's just getting give us a blank frame with the front and a blank frame at the end. Now the one thing I wanted we still have need to do is we need to make it so that when it's full orange, this needs to hold. So let's hold that for about six frames like we did before and then everything gets bumped up to the end. The last thing I want to do is I want to select here. This is just after two seconds and this is Frame 93. So I want to make sure that our sorry this is Frame 63. So I just want to make my playback range 63 there and you can see it kind of gets grade right after that right here. So it's this. It will only loop in our preview, these frames and that's what we want. So let's go ahead to the beginning and let's play that from the beginning. Perfect. So now we can export that. Go and save your work. Then we can export it as a quick time video. And it's the same process as before. When we bring it into final Cut Pro. Let's go ahead and call this swirl and say that to the desktop. And then if we bring that into final cut pro, I've already done that and let's see the final result. It's the same steps as previous. I'm just gonna play that full screen and you can see it gives us that nice transition in between clips. And I made one other flash transition. Let's go ahead and take a look at that, and you can see that that's just a bunch of triangles, basically, that come in from the sides, emerge in the center, and then they go back out. So there's three samples of how you can make an animated transition. Don't go away. We're going to recap in the next video 6. Recap: congratulations on completing this skill share class, but we're not done quite yet. Let's recap what we've just learned today. We learned how to animate hand drawn transitions for use in our video projects. We used the program Rough Animator, but the technique will work in any two D animation software. We also learned how to export that transition into a format that will work within our video editing software. For this class, I used Final Cut Pro, but most video editors should be able to be used as well. We went over how to add the animated transition over two distinct video clips. We also saw how to get rid of the white background using the loo, McKee or effect. Finally, I showed a few more examples of animated transitions that were created within Rough Animator. For those effects, I use the make cycle technique. Remember to get creative with your transitions. Anything you can drop could be turned into a transition effect. For your next video, remember to post your work to the your project section of this class. I will do my best to check all of the projects that come through and give feedback. Please follow my profile here on skill share. I have plans to create a lot more animation class. Thank you for taking my class today. I hope you're able to learn something. Valuable things have been Patrick Davidson, Theo, Expat animator. See you next time.