Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Parenting with null objects, part of After Effects Apprentice 07: Parenting.
In this movie, we're going to show a slightly more sophisticated application of…parenting and to help raise or animate our children…we're going to use a nanny, known as a null object.…First, let's see where we're going with this.…If you've got the project files, open up the Finished Movies folder and…double-click Parenting2.…In After Effects CS5 or later, that will open it up in the Footage panel.…If you're using After Effects CS4, hold down Option on Mac or Alt on Windows,…double-click, and then it will open in Footage.…I'll press the 0 key to RAM preview and you see we have a bit of a title…animation going on here, where we've got a number and a globe scaling up.…
We have the words Season Finale animating on from the left.…We have a type animation on TOMORROW on the right, and as the globe and number…scale up and move to the left, we've got the word such as TOMORROW moving along with it.…How do we create this coordinated animation with a minimum number of keyframes…and in a way to make it easier to accommodate client changes?…
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.
- Preparing files
- Making parenting connections
- Arranging the frame and arm
- Using null objects
- Crafting anthropomorphic-style animations
- Avoiding problems with non-uniform scaling
- Animating Fractal Noise
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 11/20/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and added an additional set of exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.