Click the Layer Name to see the Source Name
Select name and hit RETURN then change the name then hit RETURN again
Useful Keys in the TimeLine:
a - anchor Point (effects rotation and scale)
p - position
r - rotation
s - scale
t - opacity
Home - go to beginning of timeline
End - go to end of timeline
Useful Buttons in the TimeLine:
Zooming in and out (Bottom of Timeline):
Little mountain = zoom out
Big mountain = zoom in
Slider = zoom adjustment
Navigating in the timeline:
Can jump to a new location by typing in a new number (blue numbers on left)
Changing values in the Timeline:
Open the transform of a layer
Can click the number next to Position, Scale, Rotate, etc and change the number
Can hold the mouse down over the same values and drag to the left or right to change the value
Can double click a keyframe to change the value
Select the keyframe or object and use the Arrows on the keyboard
Clicking the Stop Watch turns keyframing on - then any change you make after that will automatically become a keyframe.
DO NOT click the stop watch a second time because it will remove all your keyframes
If you enter a value and the stop watch is not clicked, the value will remain in effect for the entire duration of the layer.
Setting Keys (after turning on the Stop Watch):
1. Move the time slider to the point in time you want the change to occur
2. Select the layer
3. Change the value (click the value, click drag the value, or move the object in the Comp window)
Set a keyframe for important information (scale, rotate, position, etc) at its final resting state (instead of working forward) then work backwards.
When dragging the Time Slider, hold down the Shift to constrain it to jump to keyframes.
1. Create a new 100 x 100 pixel solid: Layer menu - New - Solid
2. Animate its position to create a 5 second animation
After turning on the stopwatch you will see a box on the left. After setting keyframes, this area may contain one or two arrows. The arrows allow you to jump to keyframes. The box tells you there is a keyframe there (checked = keyframe). Unchecking the box removes the keyframe.
Keeping the same value over time:
If you want to place a key frame but you do not want to change the value, copy and paste the keyframe to a new position or go to a new position on the timeline (after the last key) and click the checkbox in the Keyframe Navigator.
• Click the keyframe
• Click the first then shift click to get the next ones
• Drag a box around the keyframes
• Can click once on the Name of the value (ex: Position) and then all keyframes are selected.
Copy and paste keyframes:
Select the keys by dragging a box around them
Edit - Copy
Select the layer you want to paste them to
Make sure the time slider is where you want it
Edit - Paste
• Select the keyframe(s) and hit Delete on the keyboard
• Use the keyframe navigator arrows and get to the key and then deselect the box.
• Deselecting the stopwatch erases all keyframes (you must UNDO to get them back) turning on the stopwatch again does not get the keyframes back.
Select them and drag them to a new position
The Motion Path:
When you select a layer that has keyframes you will see a motion path.
The dots are the frames (the closer they are, the slower the animation).
In the Composition window, you can select any keyframe box and move it to manipulate the path.
You can manipulate the bezier curve by dragging the handles.
Pen Tool on Motion Path:
Pen Click a keyframe box and convert it from curve to corner or corner to curve point OR
click inbetween keyframes to add a new keyframe
Pen + You can add a new keyframe inbetween keys
Pen - You can delete a keyframe
Arrow Will convert from corner to curve, etc.
1. Animate a solid's position - creating a complex move.
2. Have the solid come to a rest for a fraction of a second then repeat the same motion over again
To adjust the object in the Comp window:
• The filled boxes in the corners will resize proportionally
• The boxes in the middle left or right, or middle top or bottom will scale non-proportionally
• The center circle is the Anchor point
To move an anchor point (circle with X through it):
• Use Pan Behind tool
• Can move it using the drag over the numbers method (notice it effects the position)
• Doubleclick the layer to open the Layer window then move it around
Animating the Scale:
Hit the S key
1. Animate a solid's scale.
2. About half way through your animation also animate the position
Flipping a graphic using the Scale:
Select the layer
Set the pivot point to one side of the object
Hit the S
Set the keyframe on the start value
Unlock the Proportional Lock
Go to end frame and enter a negative number on the Scale on the X or Y
1. Try flipping an image over time along the X
2. Do another animation where you flip along the Y
Select the layer and hit R
Click the Underlined numeric value to open the dialog box
You can enter the # of revolutions and the degrees of the rotation
To get a layer to rotate in relationship to a path:
Make an animation using Position (this creates the motion path)
Select the layer and Layer Menu - Transform - Auto-Orient Rotation
Reversing the animation of a layer:
Select the keyframes
Animation - Keyframe Assistant - Time Reverse
1. Reverse the order of the animation you previously did
To do a Preview:
Make sure you slide the work area slider to the section you want to Preview
Turn on/off all layers you want to see /not see
Click the RAM Preview Button (or hit 0 on the key ad or Control 0 -zero on the main keyboard)
It runs through once putting it in memory and then plays fine
You may have to reduce the Resolution or change the Magnification to get more to play
To do a regular preview hit the Space Key
Purging the Memory:
After Effects sometimes needs its memory purged so you can RAM Preview more time.
To change total time of animation:
Composition - Composition Settings