Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with the Smoother, part of After Effects Apprentice 03: Advanced Animation.
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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.…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- 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