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Instead of trying presets, have you tried just typing your content, and animating the position?
Twirl down the sideways arrow next to your text layer in the timeline, and set an initial keyframe at the beginning of time for your layer's position. Then, move forward in time, and change the position of your layer.
Kind of a tight deadline considering you've never used this software, huh? Next time maybe don't wait until the last minute if you can avoid it.
Click here for some animation basics.
Yes.. tight deadline and choice of software was not by choice *sigh*... I will try your advice. thank you
There's a section in After Effects Help on the Web that is intended to get someone started who has never used After Effects before. Coincidentally, this basic mini-tutorial shows how to move a text layer across the screen.
This may not be exactly what you're trying to do, but maybe it'll get you started. Check it out:
"Example workflow: Create a simple movie"
That's pretty ironic, Todd. :)
I'm curious as to why that tutorial goes over the process using the standard preview instead of the RAM preview though.
Rebecca, that's the only thing that you might want to try differently. The standard preview (space bar) may not play your animation back in "real time". Building a RAM preview (numeric keypad "zero" key) will cache the frames into RAM first, then play it back in "real time".
> I'm curious as to why that tutorial goes over the process
> using the standard preview instead of the RAM preview though.
My thought was that there was a danger of someone getting confused and frustrated if only the first part of the animation played in a loop, as could easily happen with a wimpy computer and a high glow value. This was written for minimal risk of confusion and frustration for the newest of novice users.
But you're right that this trades off against a potential later confusion if someone never discovers the magic of RAM preview.
"Preview video and audio" in After Effects CS4 Help.
"Preview video and audio" in After Effects CS3 Help.