i'm pretty new to animating in After Effects. One project i'm working on is simulating keys being pressed on a piano keyboard. I'm wondering what the best way to do this would be.
This is the before state:
This would be the after:
I've imported the Illustrator vector layers into After Effects and now i'm just kind of stuck. How would I actually animate these vector objects? In Flash it'd be relatively easy, I could just grab the shape and pull it down... this isn't the case in AE though. Do I need these vector elements to be shape layers in order to manipulate them as I would in Flash? If so, I'm using AE 5.5, and I don't know how to convert AI vectors to AE shape layers. Any advice out there?
There's no way to expand AI vector artwork in CS 5.5. Your only option is using copy&paste via the clipboard and then animate the path shape property on the masks/ shape layer paths.
Can I expand in CS6?
Yes, this is one of the new features in CS6.