Live Text Templates in After Effects, Part 1: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace: AdoramaTV

Live Text Templates in After Effects, Part 1: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace: AdoramaTV


In this episode I’ll introduce you to Live Text Templates in Adobe Premiere Pro. AdoramaTV presents, Exploring
Photography with Mark Wallace Live text templates were introduced in late 2014, and I think that they are one the most exciting new
features of Adobe Premier Pro CC 2014, and After Effects, that have come around in a long, long time. The reason for that is creating lower
thirds, and animated graphics has always been
awesome in Adobe After Effects, but the problem is, if you wanted to create
templates with editable text, well it just was not possible.
You had to go back and forth in Premiere Pro and After Effects, and so putting in lower thirds, and titled graphics
and things for interviews, or live events, it was just sort of, a pain. But now, that has all changed. You can now create
these really robust animations in After Effects, and anything
that is a text element, can be directly changed in
Premiere Pro. So we are going to talk about how to
create these, it’s super easy, and we are actually going to do two episodes, in the next episode we are going to talk about all the caveats and things you need to know
about specifically in editing, and setting
everything up, and so we are going to take two episodes to talk about live text templates, because I think they are sort of awesome. But before we get into all of that, I want to remind you that Adorama has some great photography
contests, it’s totally free to enter, and you can win
some awesome prizes. So click the link and enter today! Well, without further ado, let’s look and see exactly how you can create live text templates and use them. We’ve always been able to create lower
thirds and titles in Premiere Pro by saying, new item, and
saying I want a new title here. The problem with that is there are very
limited ability to animate those lower thirds or titles, and so we have always trusted on After
Effects to do the job for us. Things like this where we have, will make this a little bit bigger here,
we’ve got an AdoramaTV logo swooping in from the top left, we have got this bar that’s coming in from left hand side, and then
we have our text animating in, as we go across the time line we see,
here’s another bar coming across, we have got Machu Picchu
animating in in the same way, and then again down here, when we go to the
Galapagos, we’ve got AdoramaTV coming in from the top
left, the bar growing across, and again we have
got some text that is animated. Now, the problem with doing this in After Effects has always been if you
want three different lower thirds, or titles, or whatever animations like this, you have to create three separate
compositions, and either use Adobe Dynamic Link to keep everything updated, or render everything out every single time, and that’s okay unless you have a
problem like this where pelican is misspelled you have to go back to Adobe After Effects and fix that. Well
now, with Adobe After Effects CC 2014, and Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014, the latest version as of now, we have text templates. That means that you
can create any kind of animation you want, in
Premiere, I mean, in After Effects, and as long as there’s text you can edit
that text, in the effects panel of Premier Pro, and you
don’t even have to have After Effects open, so you could have a designer
creating your animations, and an editor using them. So for example
here, we have the shy Pelican, it’s misspelled, I go over here my project panel,
double-click on that little animation, and now in the affects
control you can see we have title text here. I can just go around here, and instead of
having that ‘a’, I can delete that make it an ‘i’, hit enter, now you can see that that is
updated instantly in my at display, and even if I scrub through here, you will see that
the animation is also updated instantly, and so that
is done using Adobe Dynamic Link, but we don’t have to have
After Effects open for that to all happen, it just sort of,
happens in the background, it’s really, really nice, and so, what we can do here, is we can
use the same template over and over again to create something
new. For example here let me get a new clip
here, I’m going to grab, let’s see, we’ve got this Coati over here, this Coatie, and I’ll throw that on the time
line. Now we’ve got this little guy right
there, and the thing that we want to do is, we
just want to add a really simple title. So I can go over
here my lower thirds, and I will grab let’s say this pelican
here. I’m going to duplicate that, now I’ll just
really quickly go in here to the affects control, I will say, the ‘Coati’, and then what I have to do here is I’ll
just drag this over, throw it on my time line to look at
that, the entire animation comes in, and it’s
ready to go. So we can use these templates over and
over to create any kind of titling lower thirds we can
have perhaps if you’re editing a sporting event, placement of athletes, you can have winners of contests, you can do all kinds of things, if you are doing interviews
you can have the names and the interviewee,
interviewer, you get the idea. How do we create these? Well it’s all
very, very, very simple, so I’m going to do here, let me get rid of this. We have a very basic demo time line that
I’ve setup, it just has footage of Machu Picchu, that’s
it. So we are going to use that and premier. First we need to set up our
template in After Effects, so I’m going to open After Effects again, After Effects CC 2014, the latest version, this is going to open.
It’s going to ask me to create a new composition, and so what I’ll do here is, I’ll say, new composition, you need to name this
something that is meaningful, and you’ll see why a little bit, but I’m going to say this is ‘Big Title’, and I’ll trust that
you know how to set up your composition basic settings, your presets.
The advanced tab is the key to all this, right down here
there’s a new checkbox that says ‘template’, if you click that, that’s all you have to do.
Now you’ve got a template setup, and now you can go to town. So I’ll say ok, and what we will do here is, I’m just going
to grab the text tool, I’m going to click on my composition, I’m
going to say, ‘Big, Big Title’, something like that, and then I will move that over here. Now down here in my layer name, this needs to be in
meaningful name. So instead of just saying ‘Big Title’, I’m going to call this ‘Title’, and you’ll see why. This is going
to show up in Premiere Pro in a second. The
other thing I’m going to do here just to show you how you can lock things down, I’m going to say ‘This can’t, be edited’. I do that, that’s so big you can see it, so I will
shrink this little bit in like that. Now all I’m going to do here is, I’m going to lock that layer. Alright and we’ve got
‘Big Title’. The other thing I’m going to do here is I’m going to go
over to my affects, I’m just going to add some kind of animation to this just
so we know that something is happening. So I’m going to use, and animate in, who knows what it is. I’ll just do fade up words, why not. Fade up words on
the title, and now as we scrub through this you
can see that that fades up. Right nothing fancy, we have just got two white texts on a template here. I’m gonna save this project as ‘Big Title’, and you would say this is something that
was meaningful, you can do multiple compositions in your project, but
whatever this is make sure it’s meaningful because you are going to create a lot
of different templates you want to know how to find it so I’ll save that, and to get this template over to my project, all I have to do is drag this over. Now there are a lot of other ways
to do this, we are going to get into that next week, but I’m just going to drag this
composition over into my project in Premiere, and now I’ve got this ‘Big Title’ template right here, If I double click on this, you can see
in the effects control I’ve got ‘Title’, ‘Big Title’. So what I’ll do, I’m just going to drag the video over on top of, this is sort of a long
compositions, so I’ll trim that up, on top of my Machu Picchu footage, and you can see, there it is. It fades
right in just like we wanted, and I can change this by going over to my
project, double-clicking in the affects control
instead a ‘Big Title’, I will say, ‘Machu Picchu’. Click, and now it says ‘Machu Picchu’, and notice, it fades in and so our animation
works just great. Now the other thing we can do here is,
now I can jump back and forth between After Effects and Premiere, and we can tune this in, so let’s say we don’t like the font, so instead of ‘Myriad Pro’, I don’t know what we will do, I don’t know, ‘Kokonor’, now that’s not too big. Do
something else here, there we go, there’s a big difference. Now if I
save that go back to Premiere, we will see BAM, thats instantly updated. You can
go back and forth and tune this in, and do all all kinds of, your animations that you want adding
bars in graphics, and spins, and loops, in 3D, in anything you can conceive in After
Effects, as long as it has text you can make that into a eligible text template you can use over
and over Premier. Now there are a whole bunch of things
that you need to be aware of when you throw those into Premiere, specifically on how you
use them, we are going to get into that in next week’s episode, because we are out of time for this
episode. But remember if you want to create a nice text template in Premiere, make sure that
when you are doing your composition settings, that you have that one checkbox checked. So in the advanced tab, check
template, anything that’s unlocked and a text layer
can be edited now in Premiere Pro, anything that is locked can’t be edited, but
you can do all kinds of stuff, and your animation, and I’m sure that if
you’re a graphic designer you can do some really cool stuff. Anything you can dream love in Premiere,
I mean After Effects, you can make that into a template as long as it has text. Alright, next week we are going to show
you some tricks on working with these, because there are some ‘gotchas’, and so tune in next week and I’ll show
you all of that stuff. Thanks for joining me in this episode, as
you can see live text templates are pretty awesome. Don’t forget we have one more
episode specifically talking about how to make sure you set these up correctly
for transitions, and making sure you understand the difference between master clips, and instances, and all kinds of things, so don’t miss out. Also don’t
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3 thoughts on “Live Text Templates in After Effects, Part 1: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace: AdoramaTV”

  1. This is great to know!  I've been working on a project that this would have helped SO much on 😀 Oh, well, going forward!

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