Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using an anchor point path, part of After Effects Apprentice: 03 Advanced Animation.
- [Instructor] There's a few more tricks to keep in mind…when you're trying to animate the anchor point.…One thing that may be confusing is…that I've animated my anchor point in the Layer panel,…but, of course, my final stage is my Comp panel.…And, I have my Layer panel forward,…and I try to do a RAM preview.…It's not going to be very interesting,…'cause it just looking at this layer,…which happens to be a still image.…If I want to preview this animation,…I need to make sure the Comp panel is forward…either by clicking in its center…or along its tab at top.…And then, RAM preview.…And now I'll see the result…of the animation I created in the Layer panel.…
The other thing that's different…is, when you edited the position,…you could edit its motion path directly in the Comp panel.…But, again, when you're editing the anchor point,…you need to edit its motion path in the Layer panel.…This actually isn't so bad…because you get to see the two side-by-side.…You can see the overview of the entire scene…in the Layer panel and the result…
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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