Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing motion paths, part of After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation.
Now, I'm going to animate the snowflake along a motion path so it drops into position.…If you remember, our title animates from zero to 1 second and 10 frames.…I think I'd like the snowflake to fall into position about 10 frames later,…so let's cover some tips on moving in time.…In the Preview panel, you can advance one frame forward and one frame back.…You can also press the Shift key to jump 10 frames forward and 10 frames back.…If you have an extended keyboard, I prefer to use the Page Down and Page Up keys…to do the same thing.…
Again, I can add the Shift key to jump 10 frames forward and 10 frames back.…If you want to go to a precise frame, you can also click in the timecode area and…type 1 second and 20 frames to jump to a specific frame.…Either way, this will be the point in time where our snowflake ends up in its…final resting place.…So let's move it into position, and we'll drag the handle, adding the Shift key to scale it.…If it was not quite exactly where you want it, remember you can use the cursor…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and working with the Global Performance Cache in After Effects CS6. We have also added exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
Q: This course was updated on 11/07/2016. What changed?
A: We updated eight movies to stay up to date with the latest changes in After Effects CC.