Learn how to animate the tracking amount in Adobe After Effects 7.
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Okay, I am going to go back to the beginning of the Timeline and we are going to start animating the text. So let's toggle collapse the tracker and toggle it open on e more time, close down Transform and let's go to Animate.
Let's go and open up Animate, so down to Tracking and I want you to select off of Tracking because we only want to put a keyframe in the Tracking Amount and let's set some keyframes.
So let's go to 1 second on the Timeline and set the Tracking to a 100, so this will spread put our text pretty far and actually, I am just going to type that in and set a keyframe. Let's go to 1:15 now on the Timeline and set that to 0. If we scrub, we can see the Tracking coming in and out. In fact, I am going to turn off the Storm layer, so we can just see the tracker layer, so this is what we have.
Let's add another property to this. So I am going to animate the Scale property. So let's go Animate, Scale and we are going to turn the Scale to 0, so it just disappears. We can just type in 0, makes it a little bit easier, set a keyframe and go to 1:15 and set that to 100.
So it tracks from nothing, comes up and then slides across. We also want to make sure that this Tracking comes in pretty smoothly, so I am going to select my keyframe, right click, Keyframe Assistant, Easy Ease in, so we have a nice eased movement or eased velocity into our keyframe.
Now, same thing that we did before, I am going to change the naming convention off of my Animators. So let's just call this 'text track'; let's call Animator 2, 'text scale'. So let's collapse those and let's turn On the Storm layer and let's preview what we have.
So select the Composition window, pressing the Tilde (~) key and hitting 0 on the numeric keypad. So now we have designed our text and we can move on. So let's click on the Composition, select the Tilde(~) key to reset that, stretch this down a little bit, toggle collapse Tracker and Storm, and we will start working on our 7 logo.