Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring spatial keyframes, part of After Effects Apprentice: 02 Basic Animation.
Now earlier in this lesson, you animated the snowflake along a curve,…but I thought it'd be useful to give you a better, guided tour of how the…different keyframes work in the Comp panel.…The position keyframe in the Comp panel, by the way, is called a spatial keyframe.…Spatial simply means space.…It has a value on X and Y, unlike say Opacity, which has a value in percent.…When I turn on the stopwatch for Position and create the first keyframe and,…then I will go to a later point in time and I'll move the Snowflake,…it might look like After Effects creates motion paths in a straight line.…
So you might think if I make a third keyframe and drag it over here, this…would be a straight line, but it's not.…The middle keyframe--actually all of the keyframes--are defaulting to Auto Bezier keyframes,…Auto meaning automatic.…You can think of it like After Effects is making an automatic curve.…Now where does it get this curve from?…Well, you see there is two dots to the left and right of the keyframe, and you…
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.