Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Work area tips and tricks, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
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In the prior lessons, Trish and I talked about how useful the work area is in After Effects.…Among other things it says rather than having to preview your entire…composition, which is what I'm doing now,…you can go ahead and drag the beginning of the work area, the ending of the work…area, and now After Effects will preview just the duration of your comp…underneath that work area bar.…Kind of convenient!…Double-click it to reset it to being the entire length of the composition and…then trim it as necessary.…
Not only does the work area control your preview duration, it can also…optionally control the length of your renders and it also has some impact on…some keyframes in some instances.…For example, this sets the duration that we use for motion sketching.…But there's a lot more you can do with this work area bar. As you may remember,…the keyboard shortcuts are B to set the beginning of the work area and N for…the end of the work area.…If you move the Time Indicator to some point after the work area and type B,…
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- 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