Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Quizzler solution two: Perfect orbit, part of After Effects Apprentice: 03 Advanced Animation.
The next Quizzler solution we are going to walk through is how to create this…perfectly orbiting motion path.…Now one way you can tackle this is indeed you try to craft a perfectly round…motion path using Bezier handles and carefully tugging things out and you can…do that, but you will spend a lot of time and it's going to be hard to get it perfect.…So what other tricks can you use to create this perfect orbit?…Well, one of the subjects we discussed in this lesson is the anchor point.…
We set the anchor point is the center around which all transformations take…place, including rotation.…Now you might think of well, the anchor point should be somewhere on the layer,…but who says it has to be?…If you move the anchor point well off to the side and then animate rotation,…well, that layer is going to animate around that anchor point, no matter where…that anchor point is.…So now let's go look at the solution.…I'll stop this, open up Quiz - Butterfly Orbit Comp.…I'll select my Butterfly layer and type Shift+P to also reveal the position and…
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
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