Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with Auto-Orientation, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
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 how it's facing along this path.…
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
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