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Jeanto BruinsApple animation
by on Nov 4, 2013 at 4:44:10 pm

Hello everyone,

I have been looking at the recent animation that apple did for their last keynote ( And I have tried to make it inside After Effects just for practice.

But I can't figure out how they made the shape lines to follow the dot in the first 10 seconds of the animation. I've tried the "write-on" built-in effect but since I ease my position keyframes the brush looks darker as it reaches its final position.
I have also tried the "beam" built in effect and it works for the squares but not for the circles.

So my question is : how do you make a dot that draws a constant line as it moves (with eased keyframes)

Thank you!

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Ridley WalkerRe: Apple animation
by on Nov 5, 2013 at 12:28:47 am

Here's a sample that uses a shape layer.

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Todd KoprivaRe: Apple animation
by on Nov 7, 2013 at 4:30:57 am

They used Newton and Connect Layers from Motion Boutique in After Effects:

Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
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