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Why did my camera shift without me changing the keyframe values?

Apr 27, 2012 11:37 PM

I'm working in After Effects and I'm making sure to keyframe the positions of my camera through a null object. I was able to do this fine for about a minute and 30 seconds of the video. All of a sudden after I finish animating some text layers, my camera for literally everything before has shifted to the right. My camera for after the text layer I animated remained where it should be. Why did the camera change like that and how can I fix it without going through each keyframe and changing it?


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    Apr 28, 2012 1:16 AM   in reply to Mostly55

    Cameras don't shift randomly. You have changed some keyframes or invoked the camera tools on your parented camera. Without seeing the specific setup, this is impossible to figure out, but you did something. Similarly, if text layers are involved with text animators, the text animators may actually change the position of the text. And finalyl, if there are layer styles somewhere, they would break 3D rendering, which could also appear as if the stuff shifted places because suddenly the Z position is no longer properly calculated...



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    Apr 28, 2012 2:18 AM   in reply to Mostly55

    Some things to consider:


    • If you have multiple keyframes selected and move the camera, you will adjust values for ALL the keyframes selected.  Note that, if you click on the name of the parameter in the left column of the timeline, all keyframes for that parameter are selected.


    • Are you seeing non-linear spatial interpolation?  You can't see spatial interpolation on the timeline, only in the preview window, and for cameras only when you are using a view that shows the camera.  Use Animation/Keyframe Interpolation to determine whether your keyframes are being eased through space as well as time.  You can set the default interpolation of keyframes to Linear in AE Preferences.

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    Apr 28, 2012 9:22 AM   in reply to Mostly55

    guys i need help with After Effects What to do?

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    Apr 30, 2012 8:13 AM   in reply to adobe hasnan

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