After Effects: Keyframes and Pre-comps

In today’s After Effects workshop, Jay provided us with a video tutorial which we was to complete. Normally I find After Effects quite challenging, but this workshop I thought was very straightforward and simple.

The tutorial was about using keyframes and pre-comps with shapes in After Effects; our first composition, creating a rectangle that would move around in a circle, like a train to a track.  This was done by creating a solid shape, and making a position animation by changing its position on the page. I surprisingly found this quite easy and successfully managed my shape to run around in a circle, to make the movement a little more realistic, and rotated it slightly so it looked like the shape was skidding around the bends.

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Our second composition involved shapes “ease easy” from different sizes, starting from small and ending large.  However, it got more complex as we duplicated our shapes numerous times and changed the positioning along with the colour and size, creating a neat background animation.

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This task was also fairly straightforward and looks far more complicated than it was. Once the shape and the basic animation had been completed, which was allowing the shape to change in shape easing in, all it really took was duplication, and colour changes to make it look complex.  However, it was also a fairly good addition by making each different shape animate at slightly different times.   This was done simply by moving them around on the timeline.