Sample Kinetic Typography video in CS 9

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In trying to gain experience with all the new Behaviors animations and features of CS 9, I decided to take a stab at creating a kinetic typography music video. I found a nifty sample (probably created in After Effects) and "reverse-engineered" it using Camtasia.

NOTE: It will pop up an ad because the music is copyrighted and the revenue goes to the artist. You can just X it out...

A few notes on the experience:

1. 90% pure CS 9 but I did create a few additional assets in PowerPoint for the text with backgrounds (Map, Temptation, Voice). I created transparent text shapes and put them on top of the underlying images.

2. I also had to create a couple of text elements in PPT and save them as transparent PNG images to overcome the 500 pt. text limit in CS 9.

3. This would NOT have been possible without my new GeForce 1060 6GB GPU. Obviously, Previewing is critical to dialing in the timing. My old card choked miserably when previewing...

4. It took about 14+ hours to do with a lot of that being the learning curve of course...

Thoughts, comments, or questions?

Hope you enjoy it! ;-)
- Lon
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Great job, Lon!

I am a big fan of video title work -- when I watch TV, that is one of the main things I pay close attention to.

Your 14 hour effort does not really seem that bad, considering the length of the piece.

You have inspired us all!
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I think it is great, Lon!

Techsmith have really stepped up to the mark with regard to actions, behaviours etc. That was the kind of stuff I was hoping to see possible in V9.

In V8, I have spent hours trying to create kinetic typography and it was very fiddly and took up most of my time with changing properties to get the right effects. Essentially, I was creating the type effects from scratch!

Lon, Have you seen a reduction in time (apart from the learning curve) for creating the effects by using the inbuilt behaviours etc.? 
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Thanks Sharyn!

I do think the Behavior pre-sets have helped reduce animation editing time overall.

- Lon
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Well done.

I threw a jenkie one together last night in about 5 minutes just to check the animation rendering of motion. Not sure if it is me, or it really improved in this release, but looks much smoother and I see no 'jaggies' when rotating text, pictures or objects.

Great work.
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This is great Lon. Looking forward to your feature review tonight.