Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Rotation in 3D, part of After Effects Apprentice 11: 3D Space.
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Now let's discuss the issue of Rotation and Orientation for 3D layers.…I'm going to start off by dragging my Enter a New layer down a little bit, in…clear white space, so it is easier to see what's going on.…Just as in 2D, you can edit Rotation interactively in the Comp panel or by…scrubbing down in the Timeline panel.…Let's start down here.…You'll see separate X, Y, and Z Rotation parameters, each with their own…animation stopwatch.…Z Rotation is what you have with normal 2D layers.…
As I scrub its value, you'll see that it's pinwheeling around the axis arrow…that's pointed right at you, the Z axis, and I'll undo.…X and Y are unique to 3D layers.…If I scrub the value for X Rotation, you'll see that it's twirling around its…horizontal or X axis, that red axis arrow.…Likewise, if I scrub the Y Rotation value, you'll see the layer is now pivoting…around its vertical axis or that green Y axis arrow.…
Another cool thing about this is, if it overlaps another layer that's fairly…closely spaced in Z Position, as I rotate one layer, it will start to intersect…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com library.
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