I love Doctor Who. It is without a doubt my favourite thing in the whole world. I want to do something which I am going to enjoy (obviously) bring me to use this epic speech made by The Doctor (Matt Smith). Another reason for this choice of mine is due to the theme of the speech. The power and persuasion which is in his voice, put together which the timing of each word made is perfect for a Kinetic Typography display. Check it, someone has already done one.
Using a tutorial linked to me from my class mate Bob I began to learn the basics of using the camera tool on After Effects.
The reason I want to use the camera tool for my Typography animation is because of it’s free flowing manner. Having subtitle animation which is just layered key frames gives off a…what i would call ‘tacky’ impression’…whereas using this motion movement shows a clean good looking video effect. Watching the tutorial gave me the basics of everything I needed to get started.
Using keyframes and camera movements the flow from word to word was working out smoothly. When adding text I would have to go through the process of putting 2d font into a 3d area which allowed me to work with the words and travel through them. The tools for moving text around and the camera around are incredibly simular to those used on Blender; working with X,Y and Z axis you place the work in the position you want.
Coming to a point in the animation where I though a change in view was necessary I wanted to show off the surrounds e.g. the back of other texts in the scene. As seen below.
A problem appeared when doing this.…when working with this tool you have a point of interest which is where the camera always looks at when flowing. When flipping the camera to face the back of the text the point of interest would change compromising the rest of the animation.
After some research and pure stroke of luck I came across that you could key frame said point, solving the whole problem. You may think that, that is obvious, but trust me it took me a while to find out.