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4.1 How to Create a Quick Zoom Animation

In this lesson, you will learn how to create a quick zoom animation using the scale function within an adjustment layer.

4.1 How to Create a Quick Zoom Animation

Hi, everyone, and welcome back to How to Create a Cinematic Text Animation in After Effects. In this lesson we'll add some final touches to the scene and learn how to create a quick zoom animation. So let's start off by bringing everything together into one final composition. So let's create a new composition. And rename this Final Animation, like so. Click OK. And now let's add our main composition by clicking and dragging this into here. And now you'll see we've got our main animation, our main text animation in our final composition and let's add the particles, so the particle comp in here as well. So you'll see the particles are now broken together with our main animation, and finally our smoke animation. Now we'll see here as we added the smoke comp, it's just a black screen, and that's because if we head back into our smoke composition, we've got the black background still checked. So let's uncheck the black background, go back into our final animation. And now you'll see as we scrub back and forth in our timeline, everything is working nicely together. Cool, so let's preview that and see how the smoke and the particles and our text are all animating. Excellent, now, the next thing we want to do is we want to move our main animation forward in the time line by 15 frames so that the zoom animation doesn't start right away. So, let's go ahead and zoom into our timeline. And let's move our timeline to 15 frames, let's highlight all of our compositions here, and move them forward by 15 frames. And this will give us 15 frames worth of breathing space for our final animation, before the zoom begins. Excellent, now to create the zoom. Next we want to do create a adjustment layer. So let's go to layer, new, and choose adjustment layer and let's rename this layer zoom. And we want to parent all of these compositions to the zoom layer. So let's go ahead and parent this and drag the pick whip to the zoom layer here. And now let's go to Transform. And let's change these scales. So this is how we're going to animate the zoom. So let's change the scale here to about a value of 300. So change that to 300, and from there let's mute the timeline to about let's say 22 frames and in fact we forgot to create a key frames. So let's create a key frame from the scale here. Move the timelines at 22 frames and now let's put the scale back to it's original value of 100 to create a new key frame here. So now you can see that we are zooming, we've got this sort of zoom animation here like so, cool. So let's highlight both key frames. Right click, go to key frame assistant and select easy ease. And now with both key frames still highlighted, go to the graph editor, and let's select fit graph to view. And we want to edit and speed graph, and we want to edit the time of the graph. So let's go ahead and adjust the handles like what we did before. Let's adjust it here like so. And this will just add a little bit more polish to the timing of our zoom animation. Excellent, now we can add some more adjustments to our animation. So, we want to add lastly CC lens. So, to do this, let's create another adjustment layer. And let's rename this cc_lens. Cool, now go to Effects, Distort and select CC Lens and you'll see it's added this CC lens effect to our adjustment layer. So again let's go back to our timeline and move this back to 15 frames. And we want to set the size of our CC lens to something that looks like this. So let's adjust it to something like 230 like so. And now let's move the timeline forwards to let's say, Something like here. And let's put the size value to 500, like so. So you'll see now we've got this sort of subtle lens animation for our video. So this will give us a subtle distortion for our animation. So there we have it, a simple zoom animation. So let's go ahead and play this. Excellent, in the next lesson we'll learn how to change the text. See you all there.

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