Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Work area tips and tricks, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
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,…
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.