Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding graph types, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
A very important part of the Graph Editor is deciding what type of graphs…are being drawn, and that's set by the second pop-up menu, Choose graph type and options.…The default is to auto-select the graph type, show you the type of graph that…makes the most sense at that given time.…For example, with Snowflake most of the parameters are simple values that change over time.…They're temporal keyframes.…Therefore, we'd see value graphs for those parameters, and the value rule is…here along the left side of the screen, from 0 to 500, and also going negative,…depending on what the value is.…
For example, the Snowflake is rotating from -90 degrees to 0,…while opacity is starting at 0 and going to 100%. On the other hand, position is…more of a spatial value.…I'll select the Snowstorm Title to show that.…In this case, the graph type will change to showing the velocity, how many pixels…per second my layer is traveling, as opposed to a specific pixel value.…And again, along this left side you can see the ruler, from 0 to 100 pixels per…
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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