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How to Create Rolling Credits in After Effects

how to create credits in after effects

Rolling credits acknowledge all the people who made the final product possible. The credits mention main actors, designers, composers and other members of the cast and crew. Any project, whether a small digital online movie or a full-feature theatrical production, should have rolling credits. Adobe After Effects allows people to add motion graphics and cinematic effects to their videos.

Adding Rolling Credits in Adobe CS 5.5

Create a text file in Adobe Illustrator or some other application. Choose the font size and color, type the credits, format the text further and then save the document as an EPS file. Select transparent as the background in Adobe Illustrator or any other program when saving the document.

Import text file to the project. Click on "File," then "Import," then "File" and select the EPS file. Drag the EPS file into the composition project window. Pull the duration bar for the text layer to the end of the composition

in the timeline window.

Adjust opacity or background color to see the text better. For text appearing over the video footage, try experimenting with the opacity levels. If the text is on a solid background, find a color that works best by selecting "Composition" then "Background Color."

Position the text in the composition. Drag the text below the window in order for the text to flow upward. Position the text above the composition window for it to flow downward.

Create the primary key frame. Select the text file layer in the timeline and press "P" for the position property. Click on the watch icon to create the key frame.

Mark the final key frame. Drag the time marker in the timeline window to the desired end point. Move the text layer in the composition. Move the final key frame forward to speed up the rolling credits, or move them down the timeline to decrease speed.

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