Creating News Channel Lower Thirds in After Effects

In this series of tutorials, we'll be creating a lower third for a news channel broadcast. Software required: After Effects CC 12.2.1.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
May 5, 2014
Duration
54m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
May 5, 2014
Duration
54m
Description

In this series of tutorials, we'll be creating a lower third for a news channel broadcast. We will start by discussing requirements for animations that will be broadcast on television like keeping your elements action and title safe. We'll get familiar with incorporating a station ID and brand colors into our animation. We'll plan out how we want our lower third to show up and operate by blocking out shapes, then we'll give our pieces depth and movement so they're not static and boring. Next, we'll get into animating our pieces so they appear over our footage in a very dynamic way. We'll then decide how long we want our graphics to stay on screen and animate their departure. Finally, we'll prepare our project to be used as a template for easy text and footage changes for the next person down the pipeline. When you finish this training, you'll have a better understanding of creating lower-thirds for local or national broadcast. Software required: After Effects CC 12.2.1.

About the author
About the author

Alex is a motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Starting out his career in illustration and design gave Alex a firm foundation in the more traditional forms of art. As he refined his skills, he eventually was pulled into the world of motion animation, as well as product design. It was there that Alex was able to take his artistic skills to new heights and really develop himself as a well-rounded CG artist.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, I'm Alex with digital tutors. In this series of tutorials, we'll be creating a lower third for a news channel broadcast. We'll start by discussing requirements for animations that will be broadcast on television, like keeping your elements action-safe and title-safe. We'll get familiar with incorporating a station ID and brand colors into our animation. We'll plan out how we want our lower third to show up, and operate, by blocking out shapes. Then we'll give our pieces depth and movement so they're not static and boring. Next, we'll get into animating our pieces, so they appear over our footage in a very dynamic way. Then we'll decide how long we want our graphics to stay on screen and animate their departure. Finally, we'll prepare our project to be used as a template for easy text and footage changes for the next person down the pipeline. So, let's go ahead and get started by talking about the guidelines for a lower third.