Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with the Smoother, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
In the previous movie I used Motion Sketch to go ahead and create this natural…organic flight-path for this butterfly.…However, there are a couple of problems.…One, it's generally the right shape, but it is little bit jerky, a little bit…rough here and there, and two, when I stop my preview I see that the motion path…has a lot of keyframes. So if I want to do any editing I would be having to move…around quite a few different points.…Now the main reason it has so many keyframes is when I used Motion Sketch I set…the Smoothing parameter to zero.…This is because I want to make sure it captured every single intricacy of my…movement to give me more options later to edit it if I want to.…
Well, that time has come and I'm going to use Smoother to do this.…Note that if you don't have anything selected, Smoother grays out.…Smoother needs to have more than two keyframes selected to be able to…do anything useful.…To select all the keyframes for Position, I merely click on the word Position…and now they all will be selected.…
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.