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Nick Natteau
problems creating 3D map in After Effects...
on Feb 23, 2012 at 3:02:42 am

I'm trying to animate with AE cameras a WWII map of Europe with symbols that I would like to stand on a map.

In my scene, I want to have "soldier/troop" symbols representing divisions standing on the map (the symbols standing 90 degrees perpendicular to the map) and have my AE camera fly in.

But so far I keep running into problems. I'm not sure whether to use a one or two node camera for this. Not sure whether to animate "orientation" or X,Y,Z rotation. And not sure whether I should be rotating the map in X,Y,Z or the camera.

I want my camera to fly into the map at a 45 degree angle to simulate 3D scene instead of just seeing the map in 2D head on.

Would very much appreciate any suggestions. Thanks very much in advance.


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Craig Ricker
Re: problems creating 3D map in After Effects...
on Feb 23, 2012 at 7:49:25 am

Setup the scene, attach the map and the soldier to a null and animate the null. No need for a camera that way. Unless u wanted the camera for depth of field.

I myself have never liked after effects camera system. But of a PITA.


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: problems creating 3D map in After Effects...
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:08:41 am

I found this technique to be extremely useful:
http://maltaannon.com/articles/after-effects/simple-camera-rig/
There is also Shure Target:
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/sure_target_2/

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Nick Natteau
Re: problems creating 3D map in After Effects...
on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:46:18 pm

Thank you very much Craig and Ted. I will try out both ways. Very much appreciate your help.


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