Follow :


Creating dynamic and engaging videos often involves integrating text that follows the motion of objects within your scene. Adobe After Effects, with its powerful motion tracking capabilities, allows you to achieve this seamlessly. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of sticking text to moving objects using motion tracking in After Effects. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to refine your skills, this step-by-step guide will help you master this essential technique.

What You’ll Need

  • Adobe After Effects (any version with motion tracking capabilities)
  • A video clip with a moving object
  • Text or graphic elements you want to attach to the moving object

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Import Your Footage

  1. Open After Effects and create a new project.
  2. Import your video clip by dragging it into the Project panel or by selecting File > Import > File.
  3. Create a new composition by dragging your video clip into the Composition panel or right-clicking on the clip and selecting New Composition From Selection.

Step 2: Track Motion

  1. Select your video layer in the Timeline panel.
  2. Open the Tracker panel by going to Window > Tracker if it’s not already visible.
  3. With your video layer selected, click on Track Motion in the Tracker panel. This will create a new layer called “Track Point”.

Step 3: Set Up the Tracking Point

  1. In the Composition panel, you’ll see a track point with a small square inside a larger square. The inner square is the feature region, and the outer square is the search region.
  2. Position the track point over a high-contrast area on the moving object you want to track. This could be a distinct mark, edge, or corner.
  3. Adjust the size of the feature and search regions if necessary. The feature region should encompass the element you’re tracking, and the search region should be large enough to accommodate its movement.

Step 4: Analyze the Motion

  1. In the Tracker panel, click on the Analyze Forward button (a play button icon) to start tracking the motion. After Effects will analyze the motion frame by frame and move the track point accordingly.
  2. Review the tracking data by playing back the composition. If the track point slips or loses the object, you can manually adjust it and reanalyze.

Step 5: Apply Tracking Data to a Null Object

  1. Create a Null Object by going to Layer > New > Null Object. This will serve as the anchor for your text or graphic elements.
  2. In the Tracker panel, click on Edit Target and select the Null Object you just created.
  3. Click Apply to apply the tracking data to the Null Object. Choose both X and Y dimensions when prompted.

Step 6: Attach Text to the Null Object

  1. Create a new text layer by selecting the Type tool and clicking anywhere in the Composition panel. Type your desired text.
  2. Parent the text layer to the Null Object. In the Timeline panel, drag the pick whip icon from the text layer to the Null Object, or select the text layer and choose the Null Object from the Parent & Link dropdown menu.

Step 7: Fine-Tune and Animate

  1. Position the text where you want it to appear relative to the tracked object.
  2. Add any additional animations or effects to the text layer as needed, such as scaling, rotation, or opacity changes.

Step 8: Preview and Render

  1. Preview your composition by pressing the spacebar. Ensure the text follows the moving object smoothly.
  2. If everything looks good, proceed to render your composition by selecting Composition > Add to Render Queue and adjusting your render settings as needed.

Tips for Successful Motion Tracking

  • Choose high-contrast points: Select areas with good contrast to ensure the track point stays locked onto the object.
  • Adjust tracking regions: Fine-tune the size of the feature and search regions for optimal tracking performance.
  • Manual adjustments: If the track slips, pause and manually reposition the track point before continuing.
  • Use stabilization: If the footage is too shaky, consider stabilizing it before applying motion tracking.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top