Matas Zaloga shows how to create a popular retro looking flipping number display in After Effects creating the entire scene with standard tools available in After Effects including lighting the scene and creating false shadows for a more realistic look. Check out the tutorial for Creating a Retro Flip-Clock Animation in After Effects here.

Matas sets up the After Effects project with some procedural attributes by using type layers and nested compositions, so that it is an easy task to change, edit or modify the flip panel displays… Always a good idea to think of the bigger picture down the road when creating projects.