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Brent Van den AbbeeleFly in and rotating a lot of layers
by on Nov 10, 2011 at 12:36:05 pm

Hi,

I worked most of the time with Motion but for this project I'm using AE. I know the basics, but like I said I'm used to the Motion workflow.

I want to animate a lot of objects (square's around a text), they have to fly in and afterwards they have to keep on moving slowly.
Then the text pops in.

I've got every square and the text in different layers, pre-comps... So normally I can do anything I want with it...

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Fly in and rotating a lot of layers
by on Nov 10, 2011 at 3:37:15 pm

If I follow what you're saying, you could parent all of your squares to a null object that's slowly moving, then animate them to fly in when needed. That would be the easiest way to get them to fly in, move slowly, then fly out.

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Walter SoykaRe: Fly in and rotating a lot of layers
by on Nov 10, 2011 at 3:42:56 pm

Or make them all 3D layers, distribute them in Z-space, and add a simple floating animation to the camera.

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Fly in and rotating a lot of layers
by on Nov 10, 2011 at 3:44:26 pm

Or use Sure Target from VCP!

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Brent Van den AbbeeleRe: Fly in and rotating a lot of layers
by on Nov 10, 2011 at 4:03:13 pm

The sure target isn't really what I need. I got the circle to move slowly with a camera movement. Now all I need is the fly in? I don't seem to get it working...


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Walter SoykaRe: Fly in and rotating a lot of layers
by on Nov 10, 2011 at 4:09:47 pm

[Brent Van den Abbeele] "I got the circle to move slowly with a camera movement. Now all I need is the fly in? I don't seem to get it working..."

What have you tried? I know you have a Motion background, so you may be inclined to use behaviors, but most animation in AE is done with keyframes.

I'd keyframe the position of each layer, starting it off-screen and flying it on-screen.

If you're new to After Effects, I'd recommend the following link, in which Adobe's Todd Kopriva pulls together some important introductory materials:

http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/01/getting-started-with-after-eff.h...

I especially recommend the Video Copilot "Basic Training" series that Todd links to.

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Brent Van den AbbeeleRe: Fly in and rotating a lot of layers
by on Nov 10, 2011 at 4:14:31 pm

Hi, I got it to work. I have to admit, little bit embarrassed, I tried to apply a text preset on an object. So now I've used the Fly to Insent preset and that seems to work. Not how I had in mind, but it works...
So thanks.


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