Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using an anchor point path, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
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There are 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, I am trying to do a RAM Preview.…It's not going to be very interesting because it's 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 on 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 get to…see the overview of the entire scene in Layer panel and the result of your…
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 Online Training Library®.
- 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