Something that I have been meaning to ask for a while is do you know of any tips or pointers on how to really master animating AE's camera?
Im not a newbie, i understand keyframing and easy easing (etc), i understand when to use linear and bezier points, etc. But i always find myself struggling to get my camera animations super smooth. And I often find myself using a workaround and avoiding the moves that i want with alternative shots.
Again, its not a RTFM question, i want to know if you guys can always master the move you want to do and what your secret is!
Any links to tutorials or similar welcome...
Sure Target is good but like others have chimed in, it's not an ideal tool to use if you're learning how to use AE's Camera.
I use different camera rigs, from complex ones to no rig at all. It all depends on the type of camera moves I want. Further, it is indeed more difficult to animate a camera than other layers. This is to be expected and you should be cognizant of this fact. Hence, it is OK to spend more time on it - IOW don't be disheartened if you're not getting it right the first few times.
I think I'm decently experienced with the Camera but there are times when I really have to tweak and finesse (that's a lot of undo's and redo's) my way about to get what I want.
Learn to use multiple viewports, it is a necessity when you need to accurately set up layers in 3D space and/or to move the camera. Use AE's Look At menu items should you get lost. Then re-orientate yourself by either moving selected layers or the camera or both.
You will also have to be really good with the Graph Tools if you want to be a good 'cameraman'. This is the part that oftentimes make your moves really work. Sometimes, all it takes is a sweet ease or a quick zip-in to get the camera move looking great.
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Thanks for the replies folks, heaps of good info there.
Im a bit ashamed that I didn't know anything about camera rigs, but they look well helpful.
I have checked out VC's stuff in the past and its cool, but I agree with the feeling that its good to learn how/why these things work properly (to really free your creativity, etc, etc).
Im gonna get right in about that Maltannon Camera Rig, it looks great.
And I actually cant wait to master those moves i always shyed away from!