Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing files, part of After Effects Apprentice 07: Parenting.
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If you have the exercise files that came with these videos for this chapter open…up the project AEA_Parenting_201.aep.…This particular exercise was not part of After Effects Apprentice.…It was actually included in an earlier book of ours called After Effects in Production.…But we thought it would be useful to show it to you here.…Open up Finished Movies and double-click the movie RoboTV-final.…If you're using After Effects CS4, hold down Option on Mac or Alt on Windows to…open it in this Footage panel.…This is the final composition you'll be building,and let's RAM preview it briefly.…
(Whir, whir, whir)…This robot arm was animated inside After Effects using parenting.…Each link of the arm is actually an independent layer that we tied together in a…parent-child relationship and then animated as a unit.…Let's start by taking a look at how something like this may be built.…I am going to switch over to Photoshop where I have it as a layered file.…I'll turn off all the layers to start with.…
Here is the outer frame.…
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