Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Clockwork, part of After Effects Apprentice 09: Expressions.
Let's keep building upon what we have learned by using the Pick Whip tool and…some simple math to create an animation which would otherwise require a…calculator and a little bit of thought.…First, to clean things up, I am going to go to the Comp panel and select Close…All, just closes all compositions, go back to the Project panel, and open up the…comp 03-Clockwork starter.…Here we have all the pieces of an old watch face.…The minute hand had already been keyframed, and I'll press 0 to RAM Preview.…You'll see it's doing a nice sweep around the screen.…
The hour hand and the second hand have not been animated yet.…I'll press R to reveal the Rotation.…And, by the way, for those who watched the After Effect Apprentice lesson on…parenting, the anchor point is indeed very important for the rotation of things…like the hour and second hand.…That way when we animate the rotation, it is animating around its pivot point,…not just the center of the layer.…Let's say we want this to work like a real watch, where the hour hand goes…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Creating and managing expressions
- Linking together different parameters
- Randomizing a layer's movement
- Looping an animation
- Controlling multiple layers from a single source