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General Discussion

How to create motion graphics similar to treehouse vids

Tools required to create a simple motion graphics inside video Fred Zara Zac Gordon

10 Answers

Manpreet Gulati
Manpreet Gulati
10,773 Points

I too have been curious about this for quite some time...! I hope someone from the staff can give a valuable answer... :)

Zac Gordon
STAFF
Zac Gordon
Treehouse Guest Teacher

Thanks for tagging me on this, but not actually sure of what specific software they use

Fred Zara
Fred Zara
10,915 Points

Hi there,

At Treehouse we mostly use Adobe After Effects for our motion graphics. They are often designed first in Adobe Illustrator.

Hope this helps.

Thanks Fred Zara Zac Gordon for the info... will start working on it :)

Jake Kemper
Jake Kemper
478 Points

Hey Abhijeet! Yeah Fred's totally right. We currently use After Effects for 90% of the projects, some flash as well. We're also using Maya for 3d that we're turning into 2d through its vector renderer. We design everything first in Illustrator. All our animations are rendered as Quciktimes , 720P 30 frames per second and then get dropped into the edits via Premiere. Glad you enjoy them!

Thanks Jake Kemper , it looks like some serious stuff using 3D modelling software like maya, can u plz suggest a tutorial or some kind a stuff like that so that i can start with, currently what i do is use apps like PICLAB and then process it through magisto app where i add frame by frame animations in it. any tutorial would be helpful where i can produce small 15 sec informatic vids... Thanks again Fred Zara, Jake Kemper

Jake Kemper
Jake Kemper
478 Points

Learning Adobe After Effects along with a design app like Illustrator or Photoshop to create the icons/elements you need to animate is really all you need. We do some stuff in 3d to avoid hand drawing anything that we can't animate with depth in After Effects. Its a huge time save ( compared to hand animating) but not something you can pick up quickly. Not a lot of people use the vector render tools in Maya, so very little tutorials on that aspect. But as far as learning Adobe products....there's some great stuff on the Adobe site itself http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-after-effects-cc/ . Or the best way to learn an adobe product , to me, is still the Class Room in a Book series you can buy off Amazon or something like that. If you already understand how to animate , you could probably do awesome using after effects or flash after you learn the interface. Also, for some really good small paid tutorials on these subjects, I like checking out SkillShare as well.

Jake Kemper
Jake Kemper
478 Points

Also, you can do a lot of procedural animation in After Effects for things like secondary motion / bounce wiggle if you know JavaScript , so thats a plus to speed things up as well if you're into it.

Jake Kemper Thank you so much sir, really useful info... right on it... can do js too

Jake Kemper
Jake Kemper
478 Points

Glad I could point you in a direction!