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Daniel Davies
Camera Not Orbiting 3D Object - Any Problem Solvers ?
on Aug 24, 2013 at 5:09:14 pm


I am trying the use the Camera inside of After Effects to 3D orbit around a desired object,

Instead of the object rotating when I select the "Orbit Camera Tool" It moves to the left or the right or up and down.

The object should be Rotating around the camera, But instead is just moving left or right.

I have made sure the objects have the 3D turned on and I have made a Camera.

I am trying to orbit some particles to try out a new effect,

It's not just the particles that are not orbiting,

Any object that has 3D turned on is not working.

I have tested "Text" and other Solid Object inside of After Effects.

To let you know I am using After Effects CS5

and I though it might be useful to include a screenshot of the project


I also made a 5 second video to demo the problem.

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John Cuevas
Re: Camera Not Orbiting 3D Object - Any Problem Solvers ?
on Aug 24, 2013 at 6:07:49 pm

Create your object and camera. Next create a null object, enable 3D and parent it to the camera. Open the null's position and 0 it out(0,0,0). Now the null is that exact position of the camera. Now unparent the null from the camera and parent your object to the null. Now just rotate the nulls Y position and it will orbit around the camera.

Here's a CS5.5 example project:

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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ling talfi
Re: Camera Not Orbiting 3D Object - Any Problem Solvers ?
on Dec 4, 2015 at 8:40:01 am

I had the same problem with cc 2015, and I found a solution: when you create a camera, make sure it is a two nodes camera instead of a one node camera.

See my full answer here:

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