Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video 3D Camera Tools, part of After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features.
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As you start working in 3D space in After Effects, you need to master a few new skills. …One of those skills is how to manipulate the 3D Camera and another is…how to manipulate the 3D views. These happen to share the same tool and what…that tool does changes depending on what your view is.…Along your Tool menu is a Camera tool and there are several different tools to…choose from. The brand new Unified Camera tool, which was introduced in After…Effects CS4, Orbit tool, Track XY tool, and Track Z tool.…
If you are in an Active Camera View and have a 3D Camera in your project,…those tools affect the camera's position. For example, I will type P to reveal the…camera's position and Shift+A to also reveal its point of interest and …I will select the Track Z tool.…Now, as I drag around the window, you'll see that the Z values for positioning…on the point of interest are changing. I switch to the Track XY tool. You will…now change the X and Y values for the camera's point of interest and position,…
After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features is a series of guided tours with Chris and Trish Meyer. It is designed as a gentle introduction to some of the major features of After Effects CS4. This quick–start course is for beginners who already know how to animate, users who are not familiar with the latest version, or those who need to get up to speed with advanced tools. Chris and Trish cover features such as text animators, shape layers, expressions, and motion tracking. These guided tours are also included with the second edition of Chris and Trish Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice (Focal Press).
To learn the basics of animating in After Effects CS4, check out After Effects CS4 Getting Started with Chad Perkins in the lynda.com Online Training Library®. To go deeper, see Chad's After Effects CS4 Essential Training. To get an overview of the new features in After Effects CS4, watch After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques with Chris and Trish Meyer.
To purchase After Effects Apprentice—the book—go to www.amazon.com.
- Understanding 3D Axis Arrows and Camera Tools
- Working with Text Essentials and Animators
- Using Tracker controls