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Animating Architectural Renders in After Effects and Premiere Pro

When you have more architectural representation options, you have more chances to stand out when presenting your projects. This is why at Show It Better, we like to explore different options and ways of representing architectural projects. We know that time is key, so there is no need to go that extra all of the time. So just with some minor adjustments you can make a big difference. 

We added animation to these renders and it was a game-changer. Learn how to do these small but with big impact animations so you can add them to your projects. Watch the video tutorial here.

 

Final animated architectural render

Adobe Premiere Pro

We open Adobe Premiere Pro, and we create a new project. 

After creating a new project, we go to file and create a new sequence. We chose the sequence with 1920 by 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. 

Then we choose our renders, and we just drag them into the timeline. 

After Effects

We right-click over our first image, then we select where it says “replace with after effects composition”

You’ll see this interface, where you will see a timeline and a layer panel. Clicking on the image layer, we right-click and select “pre compose”, this is like a nested folder, where you can do all modifications inside this folder without damaging the main image. 


We start adding the text and the outlines of our render. We added informative text, so as if you were in photoshop, with ctrl+T you can add text. 

With the pen tool, we started outlining the foreground subjects, the guy, the plaza, and the tree, the ones relevant, make sure to have the stroke to 100% and the fill to 0%. 

Animating

In the text layer, we click on the arrow to open the layer

Where it says “animate” we click there, and then in the menu, we choose opacity, 

We drag the opacity to 0% In the timeline, we will see the seconds mark. So where it says 1 sec, we press start and put it to 100% opacity then to the 1.20-sec mark.

We also decided to change the position, so we press P, to change the position. so in the timeline, before the text appears we drag the text down, so when we press play, the text moves up and it appears at the same time. 

Now, to animate the lines, we double click on the “plaza line” layer, and once we enter we click on the arrow to open the layer, we click where it says “add” and select “trim paths”

In the trim paths layer, we click on the arrow to open the layer, we click on start and drag it to 0% then we go to the 1.30-second mark and then drag it back to 100%.

Next we animate the outline in the guy. If we don’t have the lines in a pre compose folder, we just click on the arrow to open the folder, we go to “add” then “trim paths”, click where it says “start” drag it to 100% move the second mark in the timeline then drag it to 0%. 

We do the same process with the outline of the tree, this outline is in a pre compose folder, we click on the arrow, add “trim paths”, drag it to 100% being in “start” and then move to the second mark in the timeline then drag it to 0%.

Finally, we wanted to animate the circle, but it had to appear before any lines or any text. We go to the circle layer, so the animation we are going to do is for the circle to appear smaller and then when it gets bigger. We press S, we drag it down to 0% scale, then on the second mark in the timeline, we drag it to 100%.

We did the same steps with the other two render images. Do you use animation when presenting your projects? Watch the video tutorial down below

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