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Wow! You need some basics. Please start here.
Keyframe what? Opacity??? Position??? Why not just set an in and out point for the solid???
Please, look at the basics. AE is NOT an application you can successfully use for anything but wasting time without some study. It is the most powerful desktop compositing and graphics program available at a consumer price. It's capable of doing any of the compositing you've seen in the Hobbit, Spider Man, any feature, but you can't get it to do anything unless you learn the basics. You might as well board the USS Ronald Reagan, climb into the seat of an F-18 and then say to the crew chief "Where's the steering wheel? I want to take this baby for a spin."
Thanks fot the Answer, I usually just use Maya to render with Vray but wanted to tweak up the animation in After Effects. This is very funny to me because I was an active Navy Pilot. I was trained in Annapolis and flew an F-18.
That's really funny.
I spent some time on the USS Enterprise shooting recruiting commercials for the Navy in the 70's. We were flying F4's. I know it's really OT but do you still fly? I do as often as I can. Here's some of my flying footage. My C-310 with a fully articulated camera mount I designed on the nose with an Arri SR2. My favorite parts are around 2:30 to 3:30. It was all legal. I had a low level waiver from the parks department and the FAA... Some day I should digitize my own copies of this footage and put up some HD samples. The quality of the series we did for these guys that is available on the net is really lousy.
I hope you enjoy your trip into AE land. If there's anything I can do to help let me know?
I'd love to see some HD samples. You can barely tell it's film from the youtube video.