I'd like to create basically a HUD (head up display) using simple animations. The following are three different videos:

  • animated checkmark
  • animated circle
  • animated underline

Each video just draws out the symbol. I'd like transparent backgrounds so these small videos can be used in other videos for effects.

As an example, in some video, I can introduce the animated checkmark. You'll see the checkmark next to something I want to emphasize but everything under the checkmark (in the host video) is still visible (because of transparency in the checkmark video).

How can this be done in AE? I'm not sure how to create a checkmark that basically draws itself out. Are there any tutorials (youtube) that show something like this?


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All of the animations you want to do there are achievable with masks and the Stroke effect.

I suggest you start to generally learn to use After Effects, these are very simple things you want to do there and you shouldn't need any tutorial once you understand the very basics of After Effects.

  • I understand how to create the object. I'm not sure how to create the animation. For example, a left to right sweep that displays a checkmark, which makes it look as though it is been drawn.
    – 4thSpace
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 19:48
  • Yes, you do that with the Stroke effect, it animates a stroke along your shape. If you don't know how to animate at all in After Effects I'd suggest watching Andrew Kramers tutorials on the Basics of After Effects: videocopilot.net/basic
    – timonsku
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 19:55
  • You can also just use a pre drawn shape and "reveal" them along a desired path with a mask instead of drawing a mask in the desired shape and using the stroke effect.
    – timonsku
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 20:03
  • This seems to be exactly what I'm looking for: youtube.com/watch?v=td3vIz_YExg.
    – 4thSpace
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 20:15
  • Ah yes thats exactly what I meant. Still, if you plan on doing more with After Effects I highly recommend the basic tutorials on videocopilot.net
    – timonsku
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 13:44

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