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Steven Newell
Motion Graphics Camera Zoom/Pan smoothing consistency
on Dec 15, 2011 at 3:18:37 am

I am working on a credits sequence where the camera zooms in and out of an image (getting a close up of each name).

I have been trying to get smooth consistant movement on this camera for a long time now, i just want it to look good.

I have smoothed out the curves in the graph editor along with smoothed out the 'camera path' in the top/side views.

Is there a plug-in or script or some awesome tips around that makes this a whole lot easier. It just seems that I cannot get it perfect (not to mention that after effects is a total pain when trying to make a perfectly sloped S curve in Graph Editor AND keep that curve consistant for each movement).

whenever I search on the subject I just find a lot of motion tracking/stabilizing things because of the words 'camera' and 'smooth'.

Thank you for your help


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Brian Charles
Re: Motion Graphics Camera Zoom/Pan smoothing consistency
on Dec 15, 2011 at 6:26:49 am

For anything other than simple camera moves a camera rig is beneficial. It may simply be a camera parented to a null object or something more elaborate.

A good starting point are the 3 tutorials on Camera Rigs by Andrew Devis which you can find here:

http://library.creativecow.net/devis_andrew/Animating-a-Camera-1/1



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Kevin Camp
Re: Motion Graphics Camera Zoom/Pan smoothing consistency
on Dec 15, 2011 at 9:10:22 pm

you might also take a look at this tutorial on videocopilot's sure target rig:

http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/sure_target_2/

the second part (about the 20 min mark) covers a method that seems pretty similar to what you are doing.

you can download sure target on his updates page:

http://www.videocopilot.net/support/updates/#sure_target

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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