Hand-animating keyboards for explainer videos can be a great way to add some flair, but it’s not always the best option. If you have plenty of key taps that need animating or if your video is going on longer than 3 minutes then this could take quite awhile and might get complicated with an automated system in place instead!
No Magnolia’s Nick Hill recently did a project that required an iPad keyboard typing animation, and is here to walk us through how he made that all come together. The system will automatically type out any input based on the contents of your text layer in After Effects by animating letters as they pop up onto it from off screen like some crazy flying courier service!
create an iPad keyboard which will type out any input (letters, numbers or symbols) based on the contents of a text layer
Nick has created a tutorial for creating an animated keyboard in After Effects. The process involves inputting information into Excel and then animating it with different effects, which can be found by following along with Nick’s instructions on the website (link).
We’ve just released a new tutorial – making a dynamically-animated iPad keyboard in After Effects: https://t.co/ZEYE5mbfmt
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