Take Your Videos to the Next Level (Motion Graphics Tutorial)

If you’re looking to take your videos to the next level and enhance their visual appeal, then motion graphics are the way to go. Motion graphics can add a dynamic and professional touch to your videos, making them more engaging and memorable for your audience. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience with video editing, this tutorial will provide you with the knowledge and skills to create eye-catching motion graphics for your videos. From basic techniques to more advanced tips and tricks, you’ll learn how to incorporate motion graphics seamlessly into your videos, giving them that extra wow factor. So let’s dive in and take your videos to the next level with motion graphics!

Enhancing Your Videos with Motion Graphics

Hey everyone. Daniel, Rachel, and Carlton here from Mango Street, and today we’re going to show you how you can add motion graphics to your video. I’ll even provide the footage that we use in the link below so you can follow along. If you don’t want After Effects, You can get it for $20 a month through Adobe Creative Cloud or you can get a free trial from Adobe as well.

Using the Pen Tool

So the first thing that you want to do is get the pen tool. That’s G on your keyboard or you can click it right here in the tool bar. The first thing I will do is just trace the lines that are on the tarmac with the pen tool and you want to make sure that you do not have your footage selected below. You want to make sure that nothing is selected. So it makes a new shape layer right above it. So after you draw the four points to that line, you can hit the V key Or hit the arrow over here to switch your tool and adjust your points to match up just the way you want it. Also, make sure that your fill is set off, you can click the word ‘Fill’ right there. Select that icon right there to make sure there’s no fill and then have a stroke. I have it set to white and it’s a thickness of 9 pixels.

Masking Elements in the Video

Now you may notice that there are some elements that cross in front of the lines on the tarmac and we want to mask those out above our painted on lines. In order to do that, we’ll duplicate the footage and then just draw a mask around each element. With the airplane time lapse selected, hit command D. Now you can hit Command Right Bracket and if you’re on a PC, replace Command for Control. So now let’s start by masking out this vehicle right here. So select your pen tool You click and drag, that’ll create bezeit handles and that will help you make curved lines as opposed to straight lines. So let’s do a pretty quick and dirty job. You can spend more time on this as you’d like, but for this example, this will suffice.

Animating the Graphics

Now that we have two of those basic items done, let’s hit up this last one, which is the wheel and staircase. So once again click your airplane time lapse layer and let’s draw around the wheel. Once again, I’ll feather that as well, hit F on your keyboard and let’s turn our path. And that looks all right. It’s a little sloppy. In order to animate the lines, we’re going to add something called ‘Trim Paths’. So back on our shape layer, if we double-tap U on the keyboard it will open up the properties that we have. We can click on that, hit enter and type in the ‘Right Path’. We can click the arrow next to add right here and go down to where it says ‘Trim Paths’. Click the stopwatch next to end and move the keyframe over in time about 10 frames. Change the value of the end to be 0 and animate the start value to disappear. We can do the same thing over on the right side and make any adjustments as needed.

Refining the Animation

Depending on the length of your animation, if you want to mask out elements that cross in front of it, you can do that as well. All you have to do is select the mask layer and start drawing with a pen tool to make another mask. Since they’re only on for just one or two frames, and they’re gone. Keyframe your mask and make any adjustments as needed. You can even add another point to the mask to better refine it. And we can do the same thing with this guy here, and since they are no longer crossing our path, we can get rid of that mask altogether.

And there you have it, by following these steps, you can take your videos to the next level by adding motion graphics. Experiment with different shapes, animations, and masks to create unique and engaging visuals in your videos. Have fun and get creative with it!

FAQ: Take Your Videos to the Next Level (Motion Graphics Tutorial)

  • What is motion graphics?

    Motion graphics is a type of animation that creates the illusion of motion or rotation.

  • Why should I use motion graphics in my videos?

    Motion graphics can help enhance your videos by adding visual interest and dynamic elements that captivate the audience.

  • What are some tools for creating motion graphics?

    Popular tools for creating motion graphics include Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, and Motion.

  • Do I need to have experience in animation to use motion graphics?

    While experience in animation can be helpful, many motion graphics tutorials cater to beginners and provide step-by-step instructions.

  • How can motion graphics take my videos to the next level?

    Motion graphics can elevate the production value of your videos by adding professional-looking animation, visual effects, and typography.

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