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After Effects Master Class: The 3D Camera Explained

William Paten

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25 Videos (51m)
    • Promo

      1:24
    • Course Breakdown

      4:07
    • Skill Level Required

      0:27
    • Rate this Course

      0:17
    • Create a 3d Camera

      0:54
    • Camera Settings Window

      1:53
    • Top Section

      2:21
    • Middle Section

      3:37
    • Bottom Section

      3:49
    • How to Manipulate the Camera

      2:01
    • Timeline Settings

      2:25
    • Depth of Field

      4:08
    • Different Views

      2:38
    • Camera Tools

      2:57
    • Motion Paths

      1:38
    • Animating Keyframes

      4:00
    • Nulls

      2:31
    • Rove Across Time

      1:50
    • Layer Ordering

      1:32
    • Active Camera

      0:41
    • Pre-Compose 3d Layers

      1:03
    • Boomerang Effect

      1:43
    • Separate Position Data

      0:45
    • Wiggle Expression

      1:23
    • Class Project

      0:42

About This Class

Are you pulling your hair out because you are frustrated with the 3d Camera?? 

Not Sure how to get Depth of Field to work??

Can't make any sense whatsoever from that popup that comes up when you create a new After Effects Camera??!!

If any of those sound like you then you are in luck!! I have designed this course to be as thorough as possible so that by the time you are finished with it, you will have all the information I have on the After Effects 3d camera. 

The course is broken down into 5 main sections:

  • All 3d Cameras are NOT created equal
  • Under the Covers
  • How to Animate the 3d Camera
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Project

The 3d camera Creation goes over How to Create a 3d camera and the Camera Settings Window itself. This single screen is responsible for more confusion on this subject than anything else, and it is directly tied to the fact that most people just don’t understand what they are looking at. I break down the Camera Settings Window into 3 easy to digest parts: Top, Middle, & Bottom. By the time you are done with this section, you should not be confused about the Camera Settings Window any longer.

Under the Covers goes over the different ways to:

  • Manipulate the 3d camera
  • Timeline settings: We cover the Regluar settings throughout the course but spend a bit of time in the extra settings such as Iris and Highlight.
  • Depth of field: I explain how After Effects creates this effect, how to adjust the settings, and show you the simplest breakdown of it working. Once you go thrugh this lesson, you will never have a problem with Depth of Field again
  • and the different ways to view your after effects screen in order to take full advantage of space your 3d camera is operating in.

How to Animate the 3d camera looks at:

  • Your Camera Tools available to you to move your camera
  • Motions Paths: What they are and how to manipulate them
  • Animating Keyframes
  • Nulls: How to use them effectively
  • Rove Across Time: I explain what it is, why you need it, and how to use it

Next is Tips & Tricks, where I teach you some of the things I have learned in my 20 + years of working in After effects. Items such as:

  • Layer Ordering. I cover z positions as well as the layer order in the timeline itself.
  • Active Camera. I explain what this is and how to use it to your best advantage.
  • Precomp 3d layers. Understanding this functionality will change how you use After Effects from here on out.
  • Boomerang effect. This one problem has been the plague of more After Effects users than any other issue I have ever seen. I’ll show you why it happens, and how to easily fix it in under ten seconds flat.
  • Separate Dimensions. A nifty little trick to give you more control over your 3d camera.
  • The wiggle expression. Give your project that ‘Hand Held’ look without the time and tediousness of animating keyframes.
  • Options available for the camera, such as Linking Focus Distance to Point of Interest, Link Focus Distance to Another Layer, and Set Focus Distance to Layer.

This course was designed with you in mind, created by someone who has been in your shoes. I wanted to make sure that you have a firm understanding of the 3d camera so that your After Effects Projects are able to take full advantage of that knowledge.

Don't just use the 3D Camera...become a Master of it!!

Sign up today for the After Effects Master Class: The 3D Camera Explained