Working with Auto-Orientation


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Working with Auto-Orientation

A couple of movies ago I used the Motion Sketch to create a very organic flight path or motion path of this butterfly. Motion Sketch creates position keyframes based on how I drag my cursor around the Comp panel, but it is does not create any rotation keyframes and you'll notice the butterfly always keeps the same orientation in relation to the comp, no matter what it's doing around the path. Well, this is not how butterflies actually fly. So what I needed to do is rotate so it's always pointing along that path. Well, fortunately, there's command in After Effects that will do that for you automatically.

Select the layer, go up to Layer > Transforms for transformations and then select Auto-Orient. That will open up a new dialog. Select Orient Along Path and click OK. Now you'll see that the butterfly has flipped around in rotation and as I drag my Time Indicator through all these keyframes, you'll see that the butterfly is automatically rotating, depending on ho...

Working with Auto-Orientation
Video duration: 4m 18s 3h 1m Beginner Updated Nov 12, 2012

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Working with Auto-Orientation provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer as part of the After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation

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