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Good Vibrations: Add Animation to Your Video Titles

Patrick Davidson, Expat Animator

Good Vibrations: Add Animation to Your Video Titles

Patrick Davidson, Expat Animator

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10 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Class Trailer

    • 2. Creating Our Text

    • 3. Setting Up Our Project

    • 4. Tracing Words

    • 5. Timing on 1s 2s and 3s

    • 6. Export Option 1: MOV to NLE

    • 7. Export Option 2: PNG Image Sequence

    • 8. Export Option 3: Looping GIF

    • 9. Saving Your Work

    • 10. Recap

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Need a quick and easy way to add some animation to your video titles? This class will teach you how to turn regular text in your videos into vibrating, animated titles. The class requirements are a copy of the program Rough Animator. This program is only $5 and will run on most platforms. You may also want to use a photo editor like Photoshop and a video editor like Final Cut Pro, but these are not needed to complete the class project. This class is for beginners but professionals are welcome to learn as well.


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1. Class Trailer: you need a quick and easy way to add some animation to your video titles. This class will teach you how to turn regular text in your videos into vibrating animated titles. For our class project, you will learn how to animate any text you choose. Just pick a font or use your own handwriting. The class requirements are a copy of the program Rough Animator. This program is only $5 will run on most platforms. You may also want to use a photo editor like photo shop and a video editor like Final Cut Pro, But these are not needed to complete the class project. This class is for beginners, but professionals are welcome to learn as well. Hi there. My name is Patrick Davidson, demographics freelancer and part time animator. I've been animating for over 20 years now, and I've worked on projects from TV commercials to feature films. I worked mainly in two D or hand drawn animation. My favorite personal animated projects are the Web comedy series Traveling Green Goes and My Action, Siri's Trap. I'm also an ex pats in California living in my new adopted country of Costa Rica, but enough about me. Let's get into this class 2. Creating Our Text: welcome to this class. The first thing we want to do is we want to create an image. So let's go ahead and open up a photo editor or graphics program. I'm going to use an affinity photo and I'm just going to create a new document. I'm gonna create it at 10. 80 p 1920 by 10 80 72 dp I This works. Let's go ahead and open and the first thing I want to do. Let's just create a background of white, okay? And then I want to grab the text tool and click and drag, and it will give you your size. And so we're just eyeball it and then I'm gonna type good vibrations. Now the fun. If you want to change it, go ahead and make a change here. This will work for me for now, and it's a little bit big, so I'm gonna drop the front down here like that. Let's go font down about 1 44 and then I'm just going to send her center it right in the screen, and this is what I want. So let's go ahead and export this as J. Peg and Export. I'm gonna name this good vibrations on my save it to my desktop. Okay, so now we're done with this so we can hide it. 3. Setting Up Our Project: And now here's R J pig that we just created. And now we want to bring that into our animation program, which we're going to use Rough Animator. So let's go ahead and launch Rough Animator and we're going to create a new project and I'm gonna create this at 10. 80 p. So these air the right settings here and let's hit okay and let me zoom out with my keyboard rocking here as well. Holding down the option key gives me the negative, and I can move my campus where I need it. Okay, so I want to bring in that image that we just created. So let's let's go file import image. And here it is on our desk cup and let's open that and you see how it's highlighted pink. At this point, I can move it around or scale it, but it's fine where it was. So I'm just going to click anywhere in the gray here, and that's going to release it. Okay, so that has been placed onto this. What's called Layer one and let's go ahead and rename this, uh, text. And then the next thing I want to do is I want to drop the capacity of that down and drop it around. You know, 1/4 you can still see it, but that's all we want. For now. We need to create a new layer on top of this. So let's hit, modify layers and add empty layer. And we created layer to here. So let's go and rename this animated text. Let's call it that. Okay, so this is the layer we want to be drawing on, so we're ready to draw. So let's grab our brush and let's go ahead and get started. 4. Tracing Words: So at this point, I'm gonna grab my brush tool and let's go ahead. Zoom in a little bit here with their hand. Go ahead, center that and grab the brush tool and I instead of using my mouse. At this point, I'm switching over to my pen tablet, and I'm just going to start tracing. Let's pick our color. Describe a black and you can pick any color you want. But for this skin, use black and I probably want to go a little bit thicker than that. So let's bring the brush size up to 15. Okay, All right, let's go ahead and get started. And what I like to do is keep the smoothing off for this because it's going to give you those little variations. If you turn it up, your line work is going to be smoother, and you're not going to get that hand drawn look. And I'm just tracing the background and you can see it's kind of wavy, but that's what we want. We want that way, venous. We don't want a perfect we don't want perfect line work because then, as you'll see, we're not going to get the effect that we want if everything looks the same. So if I hold my space bar down, I get the hand and let go and it goes back to the brush so you can see over here I just hold the space bar down it turns into the hand. That's the easy way to move around when you're zoomed in. Okay, so we've got our first drawing done. So the next thing we want to do is you want to do ad drawing and we want to click. Add after what that's done is it's given us our second frame. Now, you notice that the background went away and that's because we need to go back down here. We need to add a frame. I'm actually going to add one more, cause we're gonna do this three times. So back up to our animated text layer and let's just do do it again, trace everything. And when we're done, we will check how to do timing. Okay? Actually, I don't like that. Be so I'm gonna grab my eraser tool and I'm going to clean this up back to the brush. They're a little bit better. Okay? And now we want to add one more drawing here, and that'll be our third drawing. And let's do it one more time. Okay, so we've got our three drawings, and now we need to get the timing of this done. 5. Timing on 1s 2s and 3s: for our purposes. I want to make a four second clip and we're animating on 30 frames a second. So four times 30 would be 120. So we need 120 frames to give us four seconds. So let's go ahead and take our text layer and I'm going to change that to 1 20 frames. And now you can see the timeline goes all the way to four seconds. Actually, I hit one more frame there. Now you can see the four right there, but 120 is what we want. And let's go ahead and pull back on our time line. Horizontal zoom in. That way you can see all four seconds together at once on the timeline, and you can see we've only drawn three frames so far. So we're going to see how that weaken animate this the full four seconds. So to give our three drawings some animation, we need to first ad two more frames to make them three frames each. And this is basically animating on the threes so we could animate on ones or twos or threes , and we're going to choose threes and you'll see, it's going to give us a different little of slightly different look if we animated this on ones twos or threes. So now we need to add a drawing ad after and it gives us this and now we're going to click make cycle. And now you see that we've starting our new cycle here. And as I add to the frames here, it's looping the animation. Let's go ahead and type in, uh, 110. That should get us close. Yeah, okay. And then one more. Okay, so that you could see it's gonna loop. Every one of these is a loop of this original three. So let's go ahead and go to the beginning and play that and see what it looks like. And it looks pretty good. Now, though, I did forget to turn out the background. So let's make that zero capacity and now we can see one more time. So that's the effect with the animation on the threes. Now, if we want, I can duplicate this and show you what do what Animation on the ones where the twos would look like. So let me click, Modify layer and we're gonna duplicate the layer. Okay, I'm gonna turn that the ah passively down on one layer. And on this layer, I'm just going to What I want to do is I want to delete the one frame from each of the drawings. So now this is animation on the twos. When we do that, the cycles get shorter and we have to add a few more frames to the end here. So if I go to my click on one of the the loops here of the cycles, then I could just add a couple more frames against us to the So let's go ahead and play that and see what animation on the twos looks like. And it should be faster. You can see it. It's vibrating faster now, so it really I'm gonna go ahead and rename this. Let's call this on the twos. Okay? I'm gonna call it rename this threes and let's go ahead and show you what it looks like on the ones. So let's click, modify layer duplicate layer, and I'm gonna rename this one. So let's turn the opacity down here. And if we're on are ones layer the same things before we're gonna take this from two frames down toe one. So one there, one there, one there. And now this is really gonna vibrate because animating on the ones is going to give us a different look. So now we click click on our on our cycle and this number, we need to add a few more frames so that it'll fill the in there. So let's just do that now. Okay, Now let's go to the beginning. And when we hit play, it's really gonna vibrate. And that's what animation on the ones looks like with three drawings so you can pick whatever you want out of those, I happen to like the look of the threes. So let's bring that back up and let's play it again. You can see the difference. So this is what we're gonna use. I'm gonna zoom out a little bit, and at this point, we're ready to export and bring it into our video program. 6. Export Option 1: MOV to NLE: so you might think, Well, I want to put this over a video in my video editor. And so I'd like to turn the background off and the words would be black text over empty background or transparent background. But that's not how rough animator works, So I'm going to show you a trick to get the text to show on top of a video. So if we even with the background off, the only layer on right now is that it is the black text, and when we export, we're still going to get that background. So let's export quick time video and let's just call this good vibrations and save that to the desktop, okay, and then let's go hide this and take a look at that. So here it is. And if I just play it real quick, you could see it's got the white background. So let's go ahead and take this into a video editor and see how we can get the black text over the video with transparency. So let's launch our video editor and in this case, all use final cut pro, and I already got a A test project set up here So let's go import this test video. And so we get our clip into the title time there, turn the volume off. We don't eat the volume. Okay, now we're gonna also bring in the movie we created but the animated text so that we can just drag that red on top of the clip. And if you hit play, you're just going to see the white background. But so here's the trick. With the animation text layer selected, we come up to blend mode and we switch it from normal to multiply. And now you'll see if we hit play. The animation happens on top of the video, so that's a quick trick. And depending on your video editor, everybody should have multiply as a blend mode option. 7. Export Option 2: PNG Image Sequence: Now there's another way to do this And let's delete that layer. Let's hide final cut for now and let's go back into Rough Animator. The other way to do this is we. When we're doing our export, we can export as a PNG sequence. And if we click that, what we want to do is we want to create a new folder, and I'm just going to call this example. Oh, too. Okay, now we're gonna save a bunch of still frames into this folder and you can call this, you know, whatever you want, lad. Just keep it That and it's gonna create. PNG is now We have to hit include Alfa Channel here. And when we hit save, it's gonna export every single frame as an individual frame to that folder. So we hide Rough animator. And here is the folder we created. And here's all of those separate PNG files and there should be 120 of them. And and it does say 120 in there. So if we select any single one of those, we should be able be able to see that they're transparent now, just in my preview, it doesn't show that. But if we take this and drop it into, ah, a photo editor, you can see it's got transparent background. So most video editors you can import those this folder with the P and G's, and it will merge them into one image sequence. Animation. Final Cut Pro doesn't do that as far as I know, um, but a lot of others do. So that's why I gave you two options, because some people prefer the PNG output method versus having to import the white background and using the multiply, so there's two different ways that you can get this on top of your video. 8. Export Option 3: Looping GIF: Or if you just want to have animated text on a color background, that's what we've got. If we want to go back into Rough animator, we could in this point, change our background color. So let's go ahead and do that. Let's pick like a blue and then our paint bucket tool. And then we're just going to click and you can see the background is now blue, and you can see that are layer here on the threes. It does show that it's transparent. It's not showing that's got the white background. Or you can import an image and just have it be on top of an image. And then we'll just go do one more final export. Actually do a gift. Let's try that Export a gift. And let's say that to the desktop, and I'm gonna call this example three. And it's giving you an option for resolution. I just leave it on 100 and we will export that, and this is going to give us something better used for the Web. Now, remember, gifts won't have any audio, but this clip doesn't have any audio in anyways. So if you wanted something to put on a website that's animated and is gonna loop a gift is what you want, so let's just take a quick preview of that. And there it is, and you can see it just continuously loops. So that might be a good option for someone that wants to have a little animation on their website that you can in bed. 9. Saving Your Work: one final thing we want to do is we want to remember to save our work. So let's go back into Rough Animator and you could see by the dot here that we have not saved our work. So let's go to file, click, save and save to the desktop. And I just call this good vibrations and dot our A's for Rough Animator hit Save and now our works saved If we hide rough Animator, you can see that this is our rough animator work here. 10. 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 add animation to your video titles. We created titles in a graphics editor for use in Rough Animator. If you don't want to do this step, you can always just hand draw the words you wish to animate right within Rough Animator. We then set up our project within Rough Animator and imported the image we created in our graphics editor. We went over how to trace the words and rough animator using the brush tool, the eraser tool in the hand tool Timing is important in animation, so we went over the visual differences between animating on the ones, the twos and on the threes. Remember, the shorter the number, the faster the vibration. Rough Animator gives us three export options and we went over all of them. We use the multiply effect within final cut pro toe. Add the animation to our video clip. We also talked about why a PNG image sequence might be the right solution for your video editor and for anyone needing an animated, looping image for their website, the gift option is what you want. Finally, we went over how to save your work within Rough Animator. 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 because I have plans to make a lot more animation classes. And thank you for taking my class today. I hope you were able to learn something valuable. This has been Patrick Davidson Theo, Expat animator. See you next time.