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After Effect CS5 also includes a few small but nice improvements in how you handle 3D cameras. I am going to double-click my camera to open up my Camera Settings dialog, drag it down here out of sight a little bit. And the first thing you might notice is this Preview checkbox. Basically this means that changes in this dialog are finally live. You'll see the results straight in the Comp panel. So if I go ahead and choose a different camera preset like 35mm, or 50, or 28, I'll immediately see the results right here in the Comp panel without having to close the dialog first.
I can even scrub the Zoom value which is tied into Angle Of View, and see the results. The other thing that they have done is they've moved the camera type, One Node or Two Node, whether or not you have a point of interest basically, directly into the Camera Settings dialog. You no longer need to into the Auto- Orient dialog to choose whether or not you have a One Node camera, when you are doing everything from the camera back, or Two Node where you have a point of interest you are looking at. So that's a couple of little things there. Next, I want to press to C to select the Unified Camera tool. It's the one that looks like a Camera icon.
When I am in this mode, using the left-mouse button orbits, using the middle-mouse button moves in the X-Y dimension, and using the right-mouse button zooms in and out. This is not new to CS5 but but I wanted to remind you that it was there. The other thing they have done is they've created a few nice keyboard shortcuts for what used to be menu commands. For example, if I go ahead and select just the drum kit off to the right, and press the F key, the camera will now move to look at the selected layer.
If I select more than one layer, so just the bongo and guitar player both off to the left, and press F, the camera will now move to center and look at those objects. This was available as a View menu command, Look at Selected Layers, and they had probably the most indecipherable keyboard shortcut possible. But now F does it. Here is also a menu command for Look at All Layers and again here is a keyboard shortcut. Well, Command and Shift on Mac or Ctrl+ Shift in Windows and press F and now it will change the camera's position to look at all the layers.
So that's a couple convenient keyboard shortcuts.
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