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Julie DeHaan
Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:36:01 am

Hello! I am creating a kinetic typography. I have text added to my comp using camera tracker. Now I want to add a graphic I made in illustrator. I tried creating a solid with the camera tracker, and then track matting the AI file to the solid, but the then AI won't move with the tracker. What am I missing? Thanks in advance!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 4, 2015 at 4:47:25 pm

If the text moves properly in the comp, just add the Illustrator layer, scale & position it to the desired spot in relation to the text, then parent it to the text.

This is best done at either the beginning or the end of the animation.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Julie DeHaan
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 4, 2015 at 6:09:52 pm

I tried that too. It won't follow the same motion because the camera tracker doesn't put in key frames for the texts position, so if I parent it, it won't move.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 4, 2015 at 6:22:06 pm

That's irrelevant. The text is in the proper position all the way through the animation, correct? It's behaving the way you want it to behave, correct?

Make the Illustrator layer match the position, rotation & scale of the text layer. Parent it to the text layer. Tweak as necessary. Life should be good.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Julie DeHaan
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 5, 2015 at 1:18:19 am

Okay, well that doesn't work. The text is in the proper position. Its moving as I want it to. I positioned the AI file where i want it to be in relation to the text, parented it to the text, RAM previewed, and it doesnt move at all from where I positioned it.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 5, 2015 at 4:42:06 pm

Well, it SHOULD move in lockstep with the text. Small consolation for you.

What PRECISE version of AE do you run (right down to the last decimal point) and what PRECISE operating suystem do you run?

This could be a bug... even if you've just updated.

There was a time when you installed AE and the software worked as advertised. I fear those days are gone.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Julie DeHaan
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 5, 2015 at 11:03:51 pm

AE 11.0.4.2 on a Mac OSX Yosemite 10.10.2, 2.6 GHz, 8gb


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 5, 2015 at 11:10:44 pm

Thanks. Have you tried purging all your caches yet?

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Julie DeHaan
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 17, 2015 at 5:07:53 pm

Yeah, that didn't solve it.


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Cassius Marques
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 17, 2015 at 5:15:34 pm

Your text is probably not moving...YOUR CAMERA is. Are you checking the 3d switch to ON in this .ai file layer?


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Julie DeHaan
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 17, 2015 at 6:15:55 pm

My 3D was off, i switched it on and parented it to the text layer. Now it moves, but not with the text. Its all jittery and going all over the place.


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Cassius Marques
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 17, 2015 at 6:21:06 pm

parent it to the text while holding down shift. Or just copy paste the text's position to the .ai.

Again, your text ain't moving, theres no need to parent anything to it. You just need to make sure you're placing the .ai in the same place as the text. Holding shift moves the layer to its(now) parent's position.


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Julie DeHaan
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 17, 2015 at 6:30:44 pm

THERE we go! Okay. So what does it do when I hold shift and parent?
I didn't think that parenting it would do anything because I knew there were no keyframes in the texts position so it wouldn't make the ai move.


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Cassius Marques
Re: Add an AI file with Camera Tracker
on Aug 17, 2015 at 6:34:32 pm

Holding shift is the same as parenting then zeroing out position/rotation and setting scale to 100%.


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