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In this tutorial, we will be taking a look at how to build this 3D transforming text animation using Mettle's ShapeShifter AE plug-in. We will also be enhancing some of the elements using 3rd party plug-ins such as Trapcode Shine (CC Light Burst alternative), Frischluft's Out of Focus (Lens Blur alternative), and RE:Vision RSMB (CC Force Motion Blur alternative).
We will first take a look at how to setup the base animation, work with lights and setup a simple camera rig, then finish it off with some minor enhancements and color correction.
For letterboxing, you can use Video Copilot's Aspect Ratio preset
If you guys have any further questions, leave comments down below and I'll be sure to get to them.