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In After Effects CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins discusses the basic tools, effects, and need-to-know techniques in Adobe After Effects CS5, the professional standard for motion graphics, compositing, and visual effects for video. The course provides an overview of the entire workflow, from import to export, as well as detailed coverage of each stage, including animating text and artwork, adding effects to compositions, working in 3D, and rendering and compressing footage. Exercise files are included with the course.
Hello, folks! Since we've last worked together, I have taken the liberty to go through to our little biker girl here. I have animated a little bit of a pedal cycle. I realized that if you are a master animator, this might seem cheesy. I would agree with you, but her scale's off a little anyways. so it's a little bit cartoony and kind of fun. So, this is me doing one little pedal around. But I didn't keep doing this because that's really laborious. What I can choose to do instead is simply copy and paste keyframes, but there is a trick to it that I want to show.
I'm going to select the Biker Body layer. I'm going to press the letter U, and that's going to show me all of the keyframes applied to this layer. Actually, what I'm going to do is resize my Timeline panel a little bit because I really don't need to see what's going on. I just need to see this content, all of these keyframes. So, here's what we can do. If we want to select some keyframes, we know that we can just click on a keyframe to make it gold, and that one is selected. But what we can also do is click and drag a marquee to select multiple keyframes in a row.
We can also select multiple keyframes across multiple properties. So, with all this selected, I'm going to hit Command+C on the Mac or Ctrl+C on the PC to copy those. Then I'm going to move in time about where the next keyframe should be. So, you could see that there are sets of keyframes that are kind of equally spaced, and not too much. These guys are kind of little bit different, and these guys are moved over little bit, but about right here is where I think they should go. So, here is what's going to happen. I'm going to paste these, but the first copied keyframes, in other words this row of keyframes right here, will be pasted where the Current Time Indicator is.
So, I'm going to hits Command+V or Ctrl+ V on the PC to paste those keyframes and again, where the first copied keyframes came in when I pasted where my Current Time Indicator was. Now what I could do if I want to keep repeating this action, and then I probably should preview before I copy and pasted it again. But just for the sake of argument, let's go ahead and copy these. Command+C or Ctrl+C to copy again, and then move over in time and Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste these.
Actually, we only needed one of those. But if had a long series, this is a good way to do it. Then we can see what we have here, our moment of truth. Did our copy and pasting pay off? We preview that. That's looking pretty good. I'm actually pleasantly surprised that I had no idea how that was going to turn out, but it worked great. Thank you to copying and pasting for allowing me to not have to manually animate every single cycle of that. So, copying and pasting, it seems very simple.
In Microsoft Word, it is very simple. But in After Effects, it's a little bit more complex because of that caveat that the first copy keyframe is pasted where the Current Time Indicator is.
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