Hinged Text Transition – After Effects Motion Typography Technique



I’ve had a number of requests about how I did parts of the Drama B – Lady in my life motion typography. Here is just one of them.

In this tutorial we will be making text come onto the screen and then opening it up like a door and pushing through it. It gets a little heady at times but bare with me because this technique is very versatile and I’m sure you’ll love it in promos, lyric videos and on a bun with coleslaw.

To watch the whole Drama B video go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y5ufKJXW7c
or here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoP9GxCjNK8

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29 thoughts on “Hinged Text Transition – After Effects Motion Typography Technique

  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    Super helpful! This will make future commercials and lyric videos alike so much cooler.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    THANK YOU FOR THIS!! I WILL BE USING THIS TUTORIAL TO DO A PROJECT THIS WEEKEND FOR MY FINAL PROJECT! 

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    Are you ram previewing through the active camera or from another view?

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    Thank you SO much for your help again. i appreciate it 🙂
    and keep the tutorials and videos coming. they're awesome and it's not like i need to tell you this but you do an excellent job.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    If you need to more something into frame try this:
    1. find an object in frame
    2. Parent the new 3d thing to the old one
    3. set position and rotation values to 0 on the new thing, that will bring it to 0,0,0 pixels relative to the parent
    4. set the parent to none for the new object
    5. move as required.

    As you can see that saves you almost no steps. So far as I'm aware you simply have to work around this limitation of the program in a way that works best for you.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    @ECAbrams Soo I'm guessing there's no way to keep that from happening? sorry I keep bothering you like this but I tried looking it up and I couldn't find anything 🙁

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    @ECAbrams Thank you so much for your reply! That's exactly what happens 🙂

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    Not a silly question at all. It`s important to realize that the objects, when you make them 3d, will be at the same place on the x and y but always at 0 on the z because that`s the default z value. Since they have no z input they have to go to 0 as their starting value. That is called the Origin just like in math class. The camera might not be looking at the origin so that`s why it`s out of frame.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    Hello. I love the tutorials you make. They've been very helpful 🙂

    i'm really new at this so if my question seems a absurd i'll understand.
    once i work with 3d text and the camera moves like you've shown in the tutorial above; whenever i add a new (text) layer and enable the 3d option, the selected layer moves out of the view of the camera. I have to drag each 3d layer into view and align it with the camera. Is there any way of preventing this?
    sorry if this question has been asked before.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    Fun fact, Shrek is voiced by fellow Canadian and Toronto native Mike Myers.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    certainly it's not always pink. But when you make a new mask it should certainly make a new mask.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    @OnurFull I am too ashamed of my incredibly messy keyboard to show it. It has a lot of crumbs and I think plumb sauce stuck in it.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    @beldorian well thank you kindly. You can pop open all the rotation and orientation properties by hitting "r" on the ol keyboard. All properties have a shortcut like that to save you time and annoyance. Position is "p" and anchor point is "a". Glad you like my stuff. I do it for the lols.

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