Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using roving keyframes, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
In the previous movies in this chapter I've made a complex motion path that I…am very happy with.…This is my spatial path.…Now I am going to work on my temporal keyframes to smooth out their timing and…their contribution to the animation.…If you have the project files that came with this lesson but you have not…worked through the previous few movies,…you can open up 05- Butterfly Flight*starter with path.…I will do that now.…I will select position, so that you can see my motion path. Notice the spacing…of the dots in between the keyframes.…
Sometimes they are very spaced out, like around here.…Sometimes it's bit closer together like through here, and I will RAM Preview by…pressing 0 on the numeric keypad.…Now you can see I have got a nice looping path of this butterfly, but there…are some speed changes.…For example, it's fast there, slow there, very fast there, and it kind of clumps…in and out of the flower.…It doesn't land softly. It doesn't take off softly.…Let's improve that.…Well, earlier in this lesson, we gave you some ideas by how to quickly…
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
Skill Level Beginner
Q: How do I transition from one piece of animated type to another in After Effects?<br />
<div> A: There isn't an effect that can create these types of transitions. It's really a matter of animating the type and camera, using basic keyframing and positioning.</div> <div> </div> <div>If you understand the basics of moving the anchor point of a type layer, animating the parameters of that layer (Scale, Rotation, Position, etc.) and then separately animating the camera around the type layers, you can achieve different types of transitions. Check out the following videos for more information:</div> <div><br /> </div> <div><a target="_self" href="http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/59957">After Effects CS5 Essential Training, Chapter 9, Creating and Animating Text</a></div> <div> <div><font><font style="font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt"><a target="_self" href="http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/78545">After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation, Chapter 2, The Anchor Point</a></font></font></div> <div><font><font style="font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt"><span style="font-family: tahoma,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><a target="_self" href="http://www.lynda.com/tutorial/74684"><font><font style="font-family: Tahoma,Geneva,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: tahoma,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics, Chapter 10, Camera Animation in Depth</span></font></font> </a></span></font></font><br /> </div> </div>
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We have updated the movie dealing with Time Display to be applicable to working with different versions of After Effects (from CS4 to CS6). We also added a movie that shows our premium subscribers how to use the exercise files, including the new exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
Q: This course was updated on 11/07/2016. What changed?
A: We updated five videos to stay up to date with the latest changes in After Effects CC.