Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring an alternate way to edit, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
I mentioned in the previous movie that there is a couple of different ways in…editing an Anchor Point. I'd like to show those to you now.…First I am going to reset the transform properties so the Anchor Point goes back…to its default, being in the middle of the layer. And you know it's not always…convenient to have this Layer panel open up side by side with the Comp panel.…So I'm going to re-dock it back into the same frame as the Comp panel, select…the Comp panel to bring it forward, and focus on ways of editing the Anchor Point…directly in the Comp panel, not the Layer panel.…Well, one way to do that is to use a special tool called the Pan Behind tool.…
In fact, we even call it the Anchor Point tool.…Its shortcut is Y. When you select it and move your cursor over the comp, you…will notice that it has a special four-way arrow at the bottom.…Now as I pick up the Anchor Point in the Comp panel and move it, you will…notice the layer stays in its same position in the composition. But if you watch…
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.
- Understanding how keyframes work under the hood
- Controlling the anchor point to create more predictable animations
- Mastering the Graph Editor for the ultimate control over keyframes
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Hand-drawing motion paths to simplify complex movements
- Applying and tweaking Motion Blur
- Using hold keyframes
Skill Level Beginner
Q: How do I transition from one piece of animated type to another in After Effects?<br />
<div> A: There isn't an effect that can create these types of transitions. It's really a matter of animating the type and camera, using basic keyframing and positioning.</div> <div> </div> <div>If you understand the basics of moving the anchor point of a type layer, animating the parameters of that layer (Scale, Rotation, Position, etc.) and then separately animating the camera around the type layers, you can achieve different types of transitions. Check out the following videos for more information:</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><a target="_self" href="http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/59957">After Effects CS5 Essential Training, Chapter 9, Creating and Animating Text</a></div> <div> <div><font><font style="font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt"><a target="_self" href="http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/78545">After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation, Chapter 2, The Anchor Point</a></font></font></div> <div><font><font style="font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt"><span style="font-family: tahoma,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><a target="_self" href="http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/74684"><font><font style="font-family: Tahoma,Geneva,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: tahoma,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics, Chapter 10, Camera Animation in Depth</span></font></font> </a></span></font></font><br /> </div> </div>
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
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