Cinematic Opening Title Redux - Day 1

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In this 2 part tutorial we revisit the Cinematic Opening concept with an homage to all of you, our readers, by enshrining all of the comments left on the site in a "ready for Hollywood" delivery. It features a clever use of freely available scripts and expressions to create what would normally be a very complicated and time-consuming animation. The tutorial will be split into 2 days with a total of over 80 minutes of training.

In day 1 we cover cunning techniques to harness a large amount of text and quickly format and animate it in a cinematic style. This tutorial has tricks and techniques that should appeal to all users from beginners all the way to the most seasoned and advanced users of After Effects.

And best of all, it is all created by only using built it After Effects tools!

You can watch Day 2 of this tutorial here


Scripts used in this tutorial

First watch this tutorial on how to install and run scripts in After Effects

Then download and install these scripts:

1. 3D Text Creator Script (download 3D_text_creator_from_file.jsx)

2. 3D Layer Distributor Script (download 3D_text_creator_from_file.jsx)

3. Random Layer Shifter Script (download LayerRandomShifter 1.1)

4. Shift Selected Layers Script (download

5. rd_KindaSorta Script (download

6. rd_Slicer Script (download

Music and Images used in the final piece

Extraterrestrial from AUDIO JUNGLE

Reflection Nebulas in Orion from NASA

In the Center of Reflection Nebula NGC 1333 from NASA