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Colorful Radial Transition in After Effects

Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

Colorful Radial Transition in After Effects

Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

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3 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Design and Animate Your Colorful Transition

    • 3. Add Your Transition to Your Videos

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About This Class

New to After Effects? Learn how to design a colorful motion graphic transition in After Effects.

Using motion graphics will make your videos look more professional, and can help you increase audience engagement. 

Download the project file in the Class Project after enrolling to follow along.

This course is taught in Adobe After Effects CC 2017, but you can use any version of After Effects to create this lower third.

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Phil Ebiner

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1. Intro: what happens when you make a mistake in the middle of recording and you need toe cut between takes. Well, you have to add a transition. So in this module I'll be teaching you how to design an enemy, a colorful transition. And once you understand how to do this transition, you can literally create an infinite amount of transitions with your own colors, with your own branding and with any shape you can imagine. 2. Design and Animate Your Colorful Transition: in this lesson, we're going to learn how to create a cool, modern transition like this. And if you understand how to create a transition like this, you can create an infinite amount of transitions, custom transitions with your own types of shapes. Let's dive into after effects, and you can go ahead and download the project file. If you want to see how I created this, everything in this project we create from scratch within after effects so you actually don't have to download it. You can build it from your own project, but if you want to follow on, go ahead and do that. Once you do that, we're going to create a new composition. Click the new composition button. Call it whatever you want. I'll call this circle transition. I'm going to set the duration 23 seconds. 1920 by 10 80 is perfect. The first thing we have to do is create our circle. So take our circle tool or the ellipse tool, and if you don't see, the ellipse will just click and hold the rectangle tool down until you get to a lips and you could change the color to really whatever you want. Let's just go with something a little bit different. Maybe a darker blue here. Now we're going to create a perfect circle, So I'm holding the shift button down while I'm clicking and dragging. Okay, so now I have a perfect circle. And if I press V on my keyboard, I can now click and move this circle around. I'm going to align it to the center of my composition by clicking the A line, but in horizontal center and vertical center. If you don't see the line tool, go up to window a line. Now let's create our simple animation and we're using the radial wipe effect. So there's different ways to do this. But as a beginner, an easy way to do it is with the radial wipe. So click this radio wipe that you can search for in your effects and presets window and drag it onto your project. Now you see, in our effects window are effects control window this effect and the transition completion . So see how we have this transition completion. Pretty cool, huh? Okay. So what we need to do is animate this on first. So what we're going to do is at zero seconds on our timeline. Zero frames. We're going to set a key frame for transition completion at 100%. So click this key frame button. Now. We don't see the key frame in our timeline. So to see this key frame, what we can do is press you on our keyboard, The letter you that brings up any of the key frame frames on our timeline. Then let's go ahead to around 20 frames or so and change our completion transition to 0%. So now, between zero and 20 frames or so, we have this cool little transition. Pretty neat, huh? This is the building block that we're going to be working off of. Let's play around with this speed of this, and what we're going to do is easy ease, so right click. It's like both press F nine or right click go to Keep Frame Assistant Eazy E's go into our graph editor, select both key frames, and now let's drag both of them in a little bit just to create more of a pop. Something like that, let's turn on our motion blur for both our layer and our composition Meet. Now let's increase the size of this circle so that it fills the entire frame. So press s on your keyboard, and then we want to make sure that our anchor point is centered so that it scales up from the right spot. So let's double click the pan behind toe while we are holding down the control key on my windows or command key on a Mac. See how that jumps to the center. Now let's go and change our scale and increase it until the circle goes off all of the edges and the corners. So now we have this full circle kind of coming on. So let's press you again to see our key frames, and what we can do is just duplicate this circle. So select the layer duplicate. Then let's just stagger it a few frames. Let's change the color by going up to the Phil and changing it. Now, if I press you, I can see the key frames, so we have the 1st 1 Come on, the 2nd 1 follows. Let's do that one more time. Let's duplicate the 2nd 1 press you to bring up the key frames. Steiger them just a little bit cheese. The fill to something different about like that. Some funky colors there? No, let's play through it looking pretty darn cool. Next, we have to create the animation off, and there's different ways to do this, as always, in after effects. But here is one way. First we want to delete the bottom layers. After the shape Layer three has completed its animation. We no longer need the shape layer one and two, so select both. Shape. Blair one and two. Press option on your keyboard. If you're on a Mac, all if you're on a PC and press the right bracket button and then we can just drag it in one frame. So now if we go here and we turn off the shape. Blair. Three. We'll see that there's nothing behind it, but there is something behind it. Up until that point, we'll also do that for shape. Layer three, actually. So let's select shape Layer three option right bracket. Now, what we can do is duplicate this shape layer we're going to, but it up to the end of this 1st 1 So see how we have it, but it up 12 But now we need to reverse this animation. There's different ways to do this. One way is by first pressing you on your keyboard and then just changing the key frame. So go to this 1st 1 will change this to zero will go to the next one, and easy way to go to the next key frame that's on your timeline is pressing K on your keyboard and changing that too. 100. So now what happens is we go from 100% 20 so not animates on the animates off. The problem is that it rotates the wrong way. Let's select this clip changes white from clockwise to counterclockwise, so now it has more of a flow. It animates on, and it kind of continues that animation in the same counterclockwise. Fashion off. Pretty cool, huh? So it's very quick. We could extend these things if we want. If we want to make it a little bit slower off, we can go here. We can select these key frames, go into our graph editor, make sure it's what we want. Maybe we wanted to slow down a little bit at the end. Something like that might look a little bit better. Maybe just a little bit less. It's all about tweaking and making it exactly what you want 3. Add Your Transition to Your Videos: so that's a pretty quick transition. Now, if we take this and we save our project and we drag it into a premiere pro project, you can see that I already did that one. With the preview. I'm just going to delete it and say You have two clips but it up next to each other and you don't want to just play it and cut it from one to the next. You want to add a little bit more spice. We could take our circle transition, add it to the second track, then go in here and make sure that where these two clips meat, the whole frame is covered. So something like this will work. So it comes on while Sam's talking and comes off. When Will is talking, that's pretty darn awesome. So that's how you bring it into Adobe Premiere Pro. If you are using Adobe Dynamic Link, remember, If you want to export a transparent video or a video with transparent background, just go up to composition. Add to render queue, change the output module from H 2642 animation and to do that, go to format options change H 2642 animation under video, Kodak and back here we're going to change our channels from RGB two RGB plus Alfa for output. I'm just going to turn off the audio output, choose where you want to save it, press render, and it's going to render it out. And now you'll have an actual quick time file that you can take into any other type of project and add it to all of your transitions or tous at least some of your transitions. And like I said earlier when we started, you can do this with any kind of shape. You can have a square or a rectangle grow and then disappear. You could have circles roll through the screen. You could have all kinds of things. The way that the transition works, though, is that it fills the screen first and then it animates off. And when it fills the whole screen, that's when you make your cut point with the video behind. And that's how it works. Thanks a lot and we'll see you in another lesson.