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May Kindred-Boothby
Cheating frame by frame
on May 16, 2017 at 3:46:37 pm


So i've drawn a sequence of images so that they have boil and a frame by frame feel, but now i want to move them around using after effects. However i don't just want to import a sequence and then move it, i still want to be able to edit the sequence to get the best motion to the music (i'm animation a comet flying through space to music). Is there a way of collecting frames together to move, that is still editable? Like nesting in premier, but using the advanced motion control of after effects?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Cheating frame by frame
on May 16, 2017 at 4:26:07 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on May 16, 2017 at 4:44:32 pm

How many images do you have in the image sequence right now? Here's some illustrative arithmetic.

Let's say the music's 2 minutes long. Let's say you want a 10-frame-per-second animation. That's 10 frames x 60 seconds x 2 minutes, or 1200 frames.

AE is NOT good at in-betweening, incidentally. In fact, it stinks at it.

Now I realize you can loop certain items such as the comet from one angle, the comet from a different angle, the stars flying by, etc. You may not really need 1200 images in the sequence. You might be all set to go.


If you haven't worked a sequence of shots -- aka a Storyboard -- and if you haven't worked out how you're going to address the challenges presented by that storyboard, you're probably just spinning your wheels.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA

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