In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to add animated images to your videos. It’s a very simple process accomplished by using a video editor like Camtasia Studio 8.
If you don’t like video, I’ve included text instructions and a PDF download (with pictures) below.
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Somebody asked me how I made social media icons spin on the screen at the end of my videos. So if you would like to add animated icons to your videos, the following instructions will come in handy!
Step 1: Prepare Your Images
1. Add Images to the Timeline
There are two ways to add images to the Timeline: (1) Right click on an image in the clip bin and select “Add to Timeline at Playhead” from the menu or (2) Drag and drop an image from the clip bin directly into the track on the Timeline.
2. Position the Playhead
Mark the start of your animation sequence by placing the Playhead at the beginning of the image track.
3. Size and Position Images on the Video Screen
- For this step, work from the video viewing screen and not the Timeline.
- Move your images to the viewing screen; enlarge or shrink them to size.
Naturally, if you want your images to “float in” to the viewing area during playback, you would position the images outside the viewing area. (i.e. left, right, top, or bottom) so they can magically appear during the animation sequence.
If you want the background to be a different color other than black, add a callout on the track below your images. If necessary, stretch the image clips above the background clip to match the length of the entire callout.
Step 2: The Animation Process
1. Move the Playhead
Once you have the images placed on the video screen and sized appropriately, move the Playhead to the end of the image clip.
2. Select an Image on the Timeline
To make it easier, animate your image clips individually; this way if there’s a problem with the new animation you can tell which image to look at.
When you pick an image on the Timeline, it turns a different color to designate the active image. Select the image you want to work on first.
3. Visual Properties
To add an animation bar to the image, choose “Visual Properties” from the menu; next, click the “Add Animation” button.
You should now see a blue animation bar displayed on the image. Continue setting the visual properties for every image on the Timeline that you want to animate.
4. Perform the Animated Sequence
Once you’re finished adding animation bars, it’s time to perform the animation for each image. This step will tell Camtasia what animation you want and the final resting position for each one.
First, highlight an image on the Timeline to make it active. Next, perform the action on the video screen, such as spinning clockwise, grow or shrink, float in left or right, etc. Release the image handle (the green dot) when you’re done.
Repeat this step for all the images you want to animate.
5. Set the Animated Duration
To start out, stretch the duration of the animation across the entire image clip. The longer the animation bar, the slower the animation will play back. If you would like to speed up the play back function, shorten the animation bar.
There are an unlimited amount of animation possibilities. Don’t be afraid to experiment (and save often), too! Play with the animation bar until you get the desired result. Remember, you learn by doing!
6. Group and Save the Animated Sequence
To make a group, highlight all the images by holding down the shift key and selecting individual clips. Right click your mouse on top of the cluster and choose “Group” from the menu.
You can also add the group to the asset library, which makes the file easily accessible for future use – a definite time saver if you plan to make more videos!
Download the PDF File
Are you the type of person who needs a visual? Download the PDF file to this tutorial and work through it at your leisure.
Your turn! Do you include animated images in your videos? Leave a comment and let me know!
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