Is WiggleType a font?
No. WiggleType is composed of raster images that you need to individually position to spell words.
We provide two versions for you when you purchase:
- Quicktime files: Each character is contained within a quicktime file. Each file is a 10 second, looping animation.
- PNG image sequences: We also provide the raw, 4 frame loop for each character as PNG image sequences.
So, regarding the font question - you won't be able to simply install this onto your computer and type out words. It requires some manual labor using After Effects. But it's better than hand-drawing it, right? Think about how long that would take.
Can I use WiggleType in iMovie? Or Microsoft Word?
We don't know, and haven't tried to do so. It was designed to be used in animation and compositing software like After Effects.
Can I use WiggleType for my print project?
You can, but it's not a font, so you'd need to hand place each character individually.
What are alpha channels?
An alpha channel is how software determines the transparency of a raster image file.
Do you include international characters and punctuations?
Not yet, but we're planning on doing another version later on that will include them.
Where can I find the End User License Agreement?
How do I use WiggleType in After Effects?
We have a tutorial page dedicated to that fine question.
What frame rate are the Quicktime files?
We rendered the Quicktime files at 6 frames per second (with a 10 second loop, that's a total of 60 frames). When you import them into your After Effects composition, they’ll appear on your timeline as 10 second clips.
Why 6 frames per second? First, we found it to be the ideal frame rate to produce the “wiggle look” – not too fast and not too slow. Second, the most common frame rates people use for animation and graphics are 24 and 30 frames per second, which are both evenly divisible by 6. This means that you won't have any doubled-up adjacent WiggleType frames in your composition.
We know this sounds confusing, so here are frame rates you could use for WiggleType that would avoid inconsistent timing:
- 24 fps: 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24
- 30 fps: 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 15, 30
Can I change the frame rate?
Absolutely! Simply use the “Interpret Footage” menu option in the Project Window in After Effects, which looks like this:
All you have to do is change the “Frame Rate.” Instead of 6 frames per second, change it to whatever you like. We only suggest that whatever number you choose can be multiplied evenly into the frame rate of your final project (see above suggested frame rates if you’re not a fan of math).
Can I make the Quicktime last longer than 10 seconds?
Yes. The Quicktime files are perfect loops, so you just need to tell After Effects to loop the file. To do this we go back to our favorite window, “Interpret Footage,” and adjust the number at the very bottom in the “Options” section. We tend to just put a ridiculously high number in here, creating a never-ending wiggle loop.
Why did you include PNG image sequences?
We included these just in case you have trouble using the Quicktime files. You shouldn’t, but the PNGs are there as a backup option. They’re a bit trickier (i.e. more time consuming) to prepare in your composition, so we suggest starting with the Quicktimes. They are the same quality and resolution as the PNGs.
What is the most efficient way to use WiggleType in After Effects?
We’ve used WiggleType quite a bit for our projects, and we have a system that we like to use.
1. Start by dragging the first letter of the word or phrase you'd like to assemble onto the “Create a new composition” icon on the bottom of the “Project” window. This will automatically create a composition that’s the exact same dimensions and duration of the file you selected.
2. Adjust the horizontal size of your new composition. This depends upon the word or phrase you're assembling, so use your judgement about how wide to make it. Keep in mind that all of the WiggleType characters are the same height: 1,050 pixels.
3. Select the “Advanced” tab in the “Composition Settings” window. Click on the left box in the "Anchor" grid. This will make the composition size to expand to the right of the letter you started the composition with (if you're planning on spelling left to right).
4. Drag and drop each letter, in order, underneath the letter before it in the timeline. That way you end up with a nice, organized composition where you can read the word(s) vertically in the timeline.
5. After each letter is dropped into the timeline, position it horizontally in relation to the first letter you started the composition with. Hold down the shift key to constrain the direction that you're dragging the characters.
6. Looks like we overdid the width of the comp, so at this point we'd reduce the width, placing the anchor on the left again.
7. Now you have a nice precomp that you can drag in to your main composition and work with.