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Intro Title Sequence Using Twitch
November 24, 2011, 4:26 am
Filed under: Specialist Project

The one thing missing in my documentary as it stands is an introduction. It just starts off a bit abrupt and not really informing the audience of what they’re going to be seeing. I’ve put together a rather simplistic title sequence using a really neat feature for After Effects called, Twitch. It’s a plug-in, created by VideoCopilot. It’s a useful feature that enables you create distorted, sharp, flashy animations/transitions/effects.

I’ve rendered and uploaded the full intro. I didn’t want to do anything overtly complicated, just simple and effective.

I’ve always been a fan off that scatty, quirky movement in animation. I’ve tried to inject that style into my documentary by extracting small segments of action in a clip and using it as a transition technique.

I created a new composition and typed out the words, Life Through an iPhone, separately. Then I went into Effects, Video Co-pilot, Twitch.

There are a selection of features that control specific effects that Twitch can control such as, blur, slide, time, scale, colour, light etc. I’ve enabled Twitch to slide and blur the text I’ve created in my composition. I have to add twitch to each separate text, otherwise they all won’t animate.

I then pre-composed the text composition so that the entire composition become the alpha, as apposed to the text box.

The RGB colour is an additive colour in which red, green, and blue light is added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors. The name of the model comes from the initials of the three additive primary colors, red, green, and blue. This is an effect which can be replicated in Twitch, using RGB Split. You have the control to decide how much you won’t the colours to be separated apart.

To me, this plugin instantly replaces the motion sketch and wiggle effect as it’s far more dynamic. I’ve gone with a simple approach with this plugin. I wanted to create something, I feel, represents the style of my documentary as it currently stands.

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