3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 27, 2011 6:26 AM by Szalam

# second AE comp, need a little help

so this is my second composition i have done in AE, and basically (bear with me while i try to describe the video it self), i want a letter thats basically 1/4 screen size to come in (this is a company logo splash screen) counterclockwise from off screen, the video i have is a reverse zoom. so as the letter comes in the camera is panning out. until it reaches a fixed position. i know where i want the letter to be at the 1st frame of its introduction to the sequence (overall seqeuence is 6 seconds long at 29.97 fps. the letter i will add to it come in at 2sec; 2fr and it is in full motion until 3sec; 27frm. at 3sec;28fr it is stationary until the sequence fades out at 6sec) and i know where the letter will be at at the last frame of its motion sequence. everything in between, is what i need help on.

i COULD export the project out to PS and do it there frame by frame, but i was thinking AE could do this with motion tracking? how would i set it up to say "it starts at this frame in this position, ends at this frame in this position, and i need a fluid motion for each from in a counterclockwise sequnce from point a to point b"? i was thining of motion tracking, but doesnt that track MOTION? where as i have a still image i imposed, and need to get it to move with teh rest of the video.

i'm going to fiddle with it still, so if i figure it out i'll just post back. but was just wondering if there was am automated way to do this.

• ###### 1. Re: second AE comp, need a little help

Can't tell from your description, way too much information—which is bizarre since we rarely get enough info— but it seems all you need is a motion path. You will adjust the path your letter travels by grabbing the Beziers. Adjusting the spin is simply a funciton of setting keyframes for rotation.

Patience, maybe someone else will be able to imagine what you've described.

bogiesan

• ###### 2. Re: second AE comp, need a little help

i got it. i didnt realize if you added a key frame at begining, a key frame at end, that it would interpret the difference per frame between. and then i arced the motion path so it would keep the spiral design of teh rest of my clip. looks cheezy, but thats what i was going for :P thanks. (i mainly work with premiere, but i'm getting more and more used to using AE. it only took a couple hours to mock this whole thing up :))

• ###### 3. Re: second AE comp, need a little help

As someone new to AE, I would highly recommend you go here: http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/01/getting-started-with-after-eff.html

The links there will provide you with a good foundation in the basics which will help a lot.