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Jon Okerstrom
Re: New to Zaxwerks
on Apr 22, 2005 at 5:13:33 am

Hi Doug,

You asked:

>>1) Once the image(text) from Illustrator is brought into the Zaxwerks plug-in, I know it's rendered immediately, but is all the motion controlled and keyframes done in AE?

Yes. Using the Invigorator plug-in controls, you assign your letter objects to sets. You keyframe the movement of those sets as well as the camera. You can do this in the AE timeline or in the Effect Control panel. Zax did a wonderful quicktime tutorial for Invigorator Classic. Have you seen that?

>>Does the lighting that's controlled in Invig, get pulled into AE?

Invigorator's lights affect only objects in the Invigorator layer. Using comp lights and camera is an option in the Pro version.

2) Does the 3D box need to be checked in AE to take advantage of the motion within Invig?

No. The Invigorator layer should normally be left a 2D layer, if you're using Classic.

3) Do you create the background in Invig or is that created in AE?

It depends on what you're trying to accomplish. You can use Invig to create background elements. However, the beauty of using After Effects is your ability to create complex, multi-layered backgrounds, to which you can add Invigorator objects and motion.

As for the manual, I would encourage you to give it a go, even if you just do the first part. Following along will help you get up to speed very quickly. Watching Zax's video, if you have it, is an even faster way to get your head around the basic concepts.

Does this help?


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