What’s missing from iMovie on the Mac? Title art animation. How do you get it? Animationist brings title art animation to iMovie or Final Cut Pro X projects, and is perfect to dress up your YouTube videos.
Animate Me, Baby
To say that Animationist is a pure eye candy app is an understatement. Animated title art is, by definition, eye candy. It’s there for one reasons and one reason only.
Eyeball grabbing. Animationist comes with a number of presets and samples which can be customized and enhanced to match your video.
The interface isn’t like the traditional video timeline where you drop in video clips and add transitions and effects.
Animationist uses a sequencer to display keyframes on a video canvas. Playback of title art is realtime.
What plays back is animated text; the kind that bounces, stretches, glows, tilts, moves, zooms, and does most of what you see with animated text on broadcast television.
Animationist presets and samples give you plenty of ideas, and each can be incorporated into your own animation and fully customized.
The app is based upon Logist, which is a graphic logo design app for the Mac that creates logos, title art, banners, icons, buttons and more.
Animationist has plenty of Logist inspired patterns and tools.
If you want titles on your videos that go well beyond what you get in iMovie or Final Cut, Animationist is a good first start.
The tools are competent and flexible though not quite at a professional level.
You’ll learn the basics of sequencing animation elements and a completed project can be dropped into iMovie or Final Cut without losing quality.
As animation apps go, Animationist is worthy of the nominal price tag, but even with a few of the presets and samples, the learning curve is a bit steep except for Mac users who’ve had some experience in animation.
It’s clever and not overly complicated, but does require some effort to master. Regardless, it’s a highly recommended add on for any video production that needs to step up and beyond what you get in iMovie.