Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Auto-keyframe mode, part of After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation.
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In this movie, I'll cover a new feature added in CS5 called Auto-keyframe mode.…I'll start with a blank project and drag in my title.…I'll move it down into position.…Next, I'll add the Snowflake movie.…If you remember from earlier in the lesson, the snowflake will animate into position.…Just so you can see what's going to happen, I'll twirl down Transformations.…Now earlier what we saw that if you turn on the stopwatch for Position or Scale…or Rotation, it will then remember the value of a keyframe at this point in time,…and then you can start making an animation.…
The idea behind Auto-keyframe mode is that you don't have to turn on the stopwatches.…Now you enable Auto-keyframe mode by clicking on the large stopwatch in the Timeline.…When it's enabled, it will appear in red.…As soon as you make any change to the layer, it will figure out what property…you're trying to animate and turn on the stopwatch for you.…For instance if I scale the layer, the Scale stopwatch came on.…When I move the layer, the Position stopwatch came on.…
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.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes