Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with motion control moves, part of After Effects Apprentice: 03 Advanced Animation.
Normally, you would set up the Anchor Point and then leave it alone as you…go animate the other Transform properties such as Rotation, Scale, and Position.…However, there are some types of animation movements where you want to leave…position alone and animate the Anchor Point instead;…for example, if you're panning around on a large photograph, piece of video, or…even another composition. If you have the project files that came with this…lesson, first open Comp 02a-Motion Control*starter.…It is large photos from cars on a racetrack, and to get a bit idea what this…looks like I am going to double-click Auto Race.jpg, open it up in the Layer panel,…say View, fit up to 100% and now I can see how big this photo truly is.…
I've got a lot of real estate here…I can go ahead and pan around and move around. Great!…Let's say I've decided on a move where I first focus on this lime green car in…front and then want to look at the back of the pack layer run.…I might be tempted to be to go to my Comp panel and say okay, move, that's position.…
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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