After Effects Tutorial: Add 3D text to video footage

 Adding 3D text to video footage in After Effects is a great way to create engaging and professional-looking videos. It can be used to add titles, credits, and other text elements that appear to float in space or move with the camera.

To add 3D text to video footage in After Effects, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new composition and choose the Cinema 4D renderer. This will allow you to create true 3D text.
  2. Add your video footage to the composition by dragging it from the Project panel to the Timeline.
  3. Create a new text layer by clicking the Layer menu and selecting New > Text.
  4. Type the text you want to appear in the composition.
  5. To extrude the text, select the text layer and click the Effects & Presets panel. Navigate to Animation Presets > Text > 3D Extrude & Bevel.
  6. In the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect controls, adjust the settings to your liking. You can change the depth of the text, the beveling, and the material.
  7. To move the text in 3D space, select the text layer and use the Position, Rotation, and Scale properties in the Transform panel.
  8. To animate the text, you can use keyframes or expressions. For example, you could create a keyframe for the text’s position at the beginning of the composition and another keyframe at the end of the composition. When you play back the composition, the text will move from one position to the other.

Here are some tips for adding 3D text to video footage in After Effects:

  • Use a light to create shadows on the text to make it look more realistic.
  • Use a camera to track the movement of the text in 3D space. This will make the text appear to be moving with the camera.
  • Use materials and textures to give the text a unique look. For example, you could use a metal texture to make the text look like it is made of metal.
  • Experiment with different settings to create the look you want. There are many different ways to create 3D text in After Effects, so don’t be afraid to try new things.

Here are some examples of how you can use 3D text in your videos:

  • Add a 3D title to the beginning of your video.
  • Create floating text elements that move around the screen.
  • Use 3D text to create a logo animation.
  • Use 3D text to add credits to your video.

The possibilities are endless! With a little practice, you can use 3D text to create stunning and professional-looking videos in After Effects.

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