Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Per-character orientation, part of After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques.
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Text has received a couple of improvements in After Effects CS5, primarily in…the area of per-character 3D and how it orients towards the camera.…Right here, I have some 3D text which flies in and lands in relationship to the camera.…I am going to go ahead and select Enable Per-character 3D.…This is what allows the characters to individually spin, move, etcetera in 3D space.…And I want to play around now with the Auto-Orient parameter.…By default, Layer > Transform > Auto-Orient defaults to off.…
So basically the text does not care where the camera is.…I can move the camera around;…the text will not change to look at the camera.…I'm going to right-click, bring up Transform > Auto-Orient again, and I'll…choose the option Orient Towards Camera.…When I do that, the entire line of text rotates as one unit towards the camera.…As I move the camera around, you can see that the text is orienting towards that…new camera position.…The new option that they added in the After Effects CS5, Transform >…Auto-Orient, is down here.…
Chris and Trish Meyer have been using After Effects since version 1.0 and have written ten books about the program, and they are always among the first to dive into each new version and discover what it offers to their fellow motion graphics artists. Chris takes you under the hood and explains how each new feature works in After Effects CS5. This course covers both the technical and creative implications of this latest release, including tutorials on the new Roto Brush tool and mocha version 2, blending modes, text options, and new and improved user interface elements in Adobe After Effects CS5. Numerous examples show the most efficient ways to use the new features and avoid potential pitfalls when applying techniques. Chris ends with a discussion of which users will get them most out of upgrading to After Effects CS5.
- Reviewing After Effects' 64-bit system requirements
- Mastering the new Roto Brush tool plus Refine Matte
- Warping with FreeForm
- Motion tracking with mocha version 2
- Matting with mocha shape, including adding motion blur
- Extruding in 3D with Repoussé
- Importing RED footage
- Using Color Finesse and updated blending modes