After Effects: 12 Principles Of Animation

Today’s tutorial involved learning the 12 principles of Animation.  However our tutorial could not cover all the principles and just took us through a few.

After we created a new composition of 960 x 540 with 25 frames per second for 5 seconds, we created a solid object layer. We were instructed that the shape had the height and width of 100.  We then used the position menu, by pressing “P”, clicking the stopwatch and taking the shape where you want it to animate.  Once the shape was moved it had the basic movement sorted.  We looked at how the movement can be sped up or slowed down according to where it is position in the timeline. The more frames, the longer it will take.

Jay showed us how the movement of an object can be adjusted in ways which means it did not have to be moved on the timeline.  This was using the easing effects and done by right clicking the frame, key frame assistant, and then choosing which you wanted, for example “ease in” which would slower the beginning of the movement. This was quite interesting to know and I feel as though it will be used again.

We then tried something a little more complex than the basic movement; we looked at squash and stretch with 3 circles we created.  We animated them so that they would move up and down the page.  The intention was to create the illusion of a bouncy ball.  The 3 circles were to show different stages in the process.  By pressing “S” it shows the scale option, which allows you to change the size of the height and width independently.  By adjusting the scale of the object at different frames, it showed the object changing at different stages according to its bounce, therefore for example, we the ball appeared to hit the floor, it would become “squashed” with a low height and a high width.  The keys were adjusted to ensure it looked natural as possible. Jay then took us a step further and showed us how we can add a motion blur effect on the object to make it seem more realistic and the movement seemed to flow much better.

In the early stages of the tutorial I had made a few mistakes, meaning that I had to start again which was frustrating.  However I found the tutorial rather beneficial, and in a way I felt like it had re-explained the “basics” of After Effects which we have already been through, but I seemed to learn more from generally using the software.

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