Controlling Animation on Multiple Layers with a Layer Marker
One of the things I love most creating templates is the challenge of making complicated animations easy to customize for any user. To be honest with you, this is the part that takes the most time but to me it’s so rewarding to figure things out after banging my head against the wall for hours!
I’ve created a single bar graph After Effects preset preset you can download for FREE for After Effects version CS4 and above. You can watch the tutorial or follow the instructions below to install the preset and see how you can build an entire bar graph animation from this one preset. Hurray!
This Adobe After Effects preset is one rectangular shape layer bar graph with the Numbers effect, several slider controls and expressions applied that give you an easy start to creating a dynamic bar graph. Duplicate the layer to create as many bars as you need. After installing the preset in your User Presets folder you can use this bar graph in any After Effects project.
The preset MUST ONLY be applied to a 1920×1080 composition! Pre-comp this 1920×1080 into a composition of a different dimension if you want to re-size the bar graph.
The highest number you can use for the bar graphs is 30,000- this is the limit for the Numbers Effect.
The Insta Photos Slideshow After Effects template features motion tracked photos over footage I shot with my Canon T2i. This was my first time using Mocha, and although I can’t say I’m an expert I do know a whole heck of a lot more about motion tracking than I did when I started! I have to give a shout out to Chris Meyer for his Lynda.com Mocha tutorial over on Youtube– I must have watched this at least 4 times.
As a matter of fact, I owe Chris & Trish Meyer at lot more than a shout out, without their books and videos I would have given up on motion design years ago. I hope to meet them one day, say thanks and shake their hands!
In this template, you can use your Instagram photos or any regular old non-grungy non-70’s looking photo you like. To download your Instagram photos, try Instaport.me -after logging in with your Instagram username and password your photos are exported and downloaded in a .zip folder. You can also do it the slow, dumb way (which is what I did at first) by emailing them to yourself inside Instagram. Don’t do that. Use Instaport.me.
One last thing, at the end of the video you can also add your logo or Instagram Profile pic and change the text to your Instagram username if you like.
2013 is in full effect and it got me thinking- I’ve been making After Effects templates for 5 years! Wow! Time sure does go by fast when you love what you do. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge over the past few years as I continue to do my best to improve my After Effects skills. I made a decision that this year I’m going to update all of my most popular templates to reflect all of this new knowledge. Just to be clear, these updates are not a result of complaints, I just couldn’t stand knowing that there was a better way for the templates to function and NOT doing something about it! With that in mind, I’m excited to announce the updates to the Infographics After Effects template!
Here’s a short tutorial on how to render with the After Effects Render Queue. In this example I’m going to show you how to create a Quicktime H.264 movie and introduce you to the Render Queue menus so you can choose any other format you want.
by Marissa Joyner
The #1 support question I get asked the most is “How can I add more photos to this template?” and the answer is always long and tedious to read.
So, here’s the answer to your burning question in video tutorial form. The main concepts explored in the tutorial are nested compositions, understanding the precomp hierarchy, and duplicating/replacing layers in the project. Once you grasp these ideas, you’ll be able to add more photos and scenes to most templates you may have purchased from FluxVFX!
If you have any other questions please feel free to ask away!
Thanks for watching!
by Marissa Joyner