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You can use a trim path on a shape layer as track matte to achieve a solid and smooth animation without keyframing a mask. Bring your shape into After Effects: Make sure that no layer is selected in your composition and hit G to enable the pen tool Draw your animation path from the bottom to the end of the shape. Working in After Effects can be tricky, but this effect is easy for anyone to accomplish! Trim paths are a simple way to add motion to your designs. Depending on how you do it, the result will be a custom animation of your shape appearing or disappearing! Step 1: Create Elements. Drill down into one group, click Add, and choose Trim Paths. Place the playhead at the start of the comp — assuming you want to begin the animation there — and expand Trim Paths 1. Set an End keyframe at 0%, move the playhead forward however long you want the animation to play (say, 5:00), and set another End keyframe at 100%. Mar 27, 2018 you could also just use the 'end' property of your trim path to set the overall length of the path then simply animate the 'offset' property. At 360 degrees it will be in exactly the same position as 0 degrees. To control the speed/looptime either a. Add keyframes for 0 and 360 and add a loopOut expressionb. Use a simple speed expression i.e. Time. 360 which will loop every secondc. More complex expression, using markers or wiggle or sine curves etc. Apr 02, 2021 Working in After Effects can be tricky, but this effect is easy for anyone to accomplish! Trim paths are a simple way to add motion to your designs. Depending on how you do it, the result will be a custom animation of your shape appearing or disappearing! Step 1: Create Elements.
In our latest video tutorial, learn how you can create dynamic motion graphics in Adobe After Effects with this simple morphing technique.
For this project, I’m creating some basic infographics and working with Adobe Illustrator files of each state in the U.S.A. Each graphic will quickly transition to the next, with each state including corresponding textual information. However, I want to use a more dynamic transition than just the standard cut.
Let’s take a step-by-step look at how we can use solids and mask paths to create an interesting morph effect between each graphic.
Step 1 — Create a New Solid Layer
First, I need to create a new solid layer. This solid layer is going to serve as my main graphic, so I’ll be sure to select a color I like. Once I’m done, this entire animation will essentially be a keyframed mask path on one simple solid layer.
Next, it’s time to bring in our graphics.
Step 2 — Autotrace
For this particular sequence, I’m focusing on animating four different states. I want each state to seamlessly morph into the next. To do this, I need to get the path information of the state. I can trace the outline of the state by highlighting the graphic in the timeline and going to Layer > Autotrace.
After Effects Shape Path Animation
In the Autotrace dialogue box, I’ll keep the default settings, making sure that “Apply to a New Layer” is not selected. The Autotrace feature will automatically add a mask path to my graphic. Pressing the M shortcut key shows me the mask and its corresponding path.
Now let’s get this path information over to the solid.
Step 3 — Copy/Paste Mask Paths
With the path now created, I’ll click on the mask path attribute and simply copy it with Cmd/Ctrl+C. Now I can select the solid layer and press Cmd/Ctrl+V to paste the mask on the solid — along with the mask path keyframe. Make sure the mask is set to Add, and position the keyframe wherever you want.
I can see the state in my solid, so I’ll delete the original graphic. Now I can simply repeat these steps for every state graphic, spacing each mask path keyframe specifically where I want it on the timeline. For this particular animation, I’ll space the keyframes 1-2 seconds apart. Now that everything is in place, all that’s left to do is fine-tune the animation.
After Effects Animate Along Path
Step 4 — Fine-Tuning
Sometimes this method of morphing will give you some not-so-nice-looking results. There’s not much you can do about this, save from manually positioning each keyframe exactly where you want it. But that’s not very efficient. I find that ramping up the speed of the transitions and adding a motion blur will nicely mask any strange overlaps or unnatural movement.
For smooth movements between keyframes, I’ll add Easy Ease. To do this, I’ll grab all of the keyframes and go to Animation > Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease, or just hit the F9 keyboard shortcut. For the final touch, I’ll open up the Graph Editor and adjust the speed values accordingly. And voilà — now my states are animating on screen via morph transitions.
Many Ways to Morph
This mask path method is just one example of morphing graphics in After Effects. It’s a very simple example, using just one path. But you can use this same method with text, logos, and any other graphics that have a path. Just as I performed a copy/paste via the mask path, you can do the same techniques with shape paths.
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These days even the smallest garage shops claim to be doing business all over the world so it`s a quite common task to animate maps and additional data related to their business. So in this post We`ve collected 20 After Effects Templates to create animated map that are great for local business or event videos.
This is an advanced toolkit based on an After Effects project controlled by a powerful script. With Earth Map Connections you can easily place infinite points of interest on an Earth map and create 3D connection lines. The included script is the heart of the project because it gives all instructions to the project so you don’t need to create, delete or modify any keyframe: everything will be created and modified by the script!
This project will useful for creating your corporate video, presentation, broadcast video and etc. You can easy to edit and customize this project.
With The Ultimate Earth Zoom Toolkit you can zoom in on anywhere on Earth and work on topnotch graphics and visual elements. It’s the ultimate all-in-one solution for all your broadcasting, game development, documentary, corporate identity or whatever-you-can-think-of needs. The comprehensive library of unique features enables you to change anything you want, add an immense amount of markers and graphics and customize every single piece according to your needs.
It is designed for easy creation of nice-looking presentations. It will save a lot of time for professionals and quite accessible to the beginner video producers.
Fully customizable project. No extra plugins required. Very easy to edit.
The project length is 11 sec. The rest of the animation is an example of how the markers can be use individually from this project.
After Effects template containing maps for 202 countries and all 51 US states. 3D and 2D versions included, no plugins. required. Create video info graphics and maps visualizations with ease.
It brings to you a simplier way to display map routes between countries and cities with a unique style and user-friendly interface, easy to set up even for complete beginners.
Inside you get 10 different pointers, 15 basic map icons, one compass and 4 different arrows to display. Also you have Time travel calculator and Population display with controls inside. Everything you see in the preview is included inside project except photos and videos.
Weather you`re a professional video editor working on a holiday show, a daily vlogger who`s scouring the furthest corners or the planet, or simply someone who wants to keep their friends and family informed of where you`re travelling next, this template will help you create high quality map animations of an airplane travelling between any two cities.
It is perfect for travel or tour videos, commercials, slideshows or any traveling theme! The map path is completely customizable and made entirely in After Effects- no third party plugins needed. Display up to 10 locations and 52 photos or videos. Change the map by dragging your location dots, the path automatically adjusts!
It is designed for creating impressive video on world map easily and quickly.
No Pre-Rendered Scenes – Fully Editable. Easy Customization. Full HD & UHD Resolution. Save time.
Any part of the project can be used as a separate element to be used independently. Connect any two points on the map with the plane track, vessel or car track! Video tutorial is included!
It is perfect for create any complexity paths, trajectorys or connections! The map path is completely customizable and made entirely in After EffectsCS6.6+ no third party plugins needed.
This simple travel book has 10 places for your photos, videos and text. You can also easily add your own map for projects related to treasure hunts, camping, or road trips. The road map featured in the preview is included plus a bonus world map for jet setters. Add your own title and date to the book’s front cover for extra personalization!
A very high quality map with over 170 countries easy to select.
It is a great useful After Effects template project to highlight a country, continent etc. You can easily focus a country on world. You can color it, zoom it.
Contains 2 compositions. Ideal for infographic projects. 7 minutes Help file included.
This mind-blowing product is specially designed for motion designers and VFX professionals. The purpose of this toolkit is to help you create and control one or multiple network lines from different locations across the globe very easily. With the use of the rich asset library elements you will be able to create a vast variety of visually appealing projects. It`s the ultimate all-in-one solution for all your broadcasting, game development, documentary, corporate identity or whatever-you-can-think-of needs.