Using keyframes in After Effects is a fundamental requirement for using the software. Without learning the basics, you will find only frustration and errors.
Do yourself a favour and get to know how to do the basics before you bother blowing things up.
1 person found this helpful
There are a bunch of Shatter tutorials. Shatter is just based on physics. The force position and radius are what cause the layer to shatter. Just animate them. Also, follow Andrew's advice. Study the basics.
What the others said - basics of AE. Sorry, there's no way to say it nice, but RTFM.
Well thanks for the help guys (sort of)! My question was pretty simple, I was asking about how to adjust an option on a single effect, not keyframing in general. I understand keyframing just fine, I just didn't understand the SHATTER plugin because it (like many other effects), has different settings than a basic effect like "Noise". All I needed to know what Rick Gerard said, the force position and radius is what causes the layer to shatter. - thanks!
Thanks for the help anyway guys, just before you go bashing a guy, at least try to answer the question first
There's no bashing in these forums.
I think it has something to do with a stopwatch, but I don't know how to use the stopwatch thng.
The "stopwatch thing" is the fundamental control that enables keyframes. Without keyframes, After Effects is pretty much just Photoshop, but harder to use.
I didn't see any bashing. I saw experienced people trying to help you in the long run by suggesting a path to learning such that you can figure these things out for yourself.
BTW, Mylenium's suggestion to read the manual was because After Effects Help contains information that directly answes your question:
" Note: To begin the shattering at a time other than layer time zero, animate the Radius property, not the Strength property. Pieces inside the force sphere defined by the Radius property are pulled outside the frame by gravity even if Strength is set to 0. Use Hold keyframes on the Radius property with the value 0 until the time when you want the shattering to start."
Yeah, amybe I am over-exaggerating. I just have simple questions sometimes, and I thought I could get a quick answer in the forums. Don't want to accuse anyone, but I do read the AE manual every once in a while, and I still couldn't find the specific answer to my question.
If you type "shatter" in the Search Help field at the top right corner of AE the first link takes you to the After Effects / Simulation effects help page. If you click on Shatter effect (the sixth link in the list) It will take you to the specific instructions for the Shatter effect where the force and radius are explained in the first paragraph. There are also links to a bunch of tutorials and other resources for the effect. Farther down you will find a more detailed description of the Force 1 and Force 2 controls including the quote that Todd gave above.
I'm not doubting that you gave a look before answering, but far too many folks expect that everything in AE has a simple click and solve solution. The more you read, the more you use the help tools and the community resources, the more you'll learn how things work and the better and faster you will become at your craft. I actually spend about 2 hours a week just reading over things in the help files that I haven't looked at for a while, just to keep up. I also use the Search Help field in AE all the time to check out other possible techniques used by others in the AE community. If you get in that habit then you will become a better artist in less time. Relying on user forums for a click and solve solution won't do much to help you learn how AE works.
OK thaks a lot!