...when using 3D text with a camera tied to a null object, after the camera moves over my text, I want the X rotation, Y rotation and position to change to focus on the next piece of text which is somewhere else. This works fine, however it automatically moves the camera between keyframes in a strange pattern, which takes away from the sharpness I was trying to create and I don't know why it's happening. Does anyone know how to stop this?
For starters, you can look at these recent podcasts on the Creative COW about animating cameras:
To answer your immediate problem, you need to change the null's Bezier Path. Go to a keyframe. Find the keyframe's Bezier Handles. Adjust 'em.
But here's what's got me really worried: you're jumping into the deep end of the pool, and you're wearing lead shoes! Here's what I mean:
It's my first time at after effects
Wow, now there's a red flag if there ever was one! In order to avoid confusion and frustration, go here:
If the camera seems to be moving between equal keyframes when it should be still, you may wish to verify that "Default Spatial Interpolation To Linear" is checked in AE Preferences.
And, to make the whole job easier, Andrew Kramer has a clever (and free!) plugin called Sure Target 2 which can make the whole process much more straightforward. Of course, you'll learn more doing it for yourself, but Sure Target is pretty nifty. :-)