After Effects Apprentice Video Tutorial #6

A quickie on how to use the 3D Axis Arrows to manipulate 3D layers.

We’ve recently released After Effects Apprentice (2nd Edition). The DVD-ROM that comes with the book includes an hour and a half of video tutorials that provide gentle introductions to major features inside After Effects. We are releasing these videos one per month here on PVC; they are also available on Focal Press’ web site – make sure you visit their After Effects micro-site for more free chapters and tutorials.

In this sixth video, we provide a quick overview of how to use the 3D Axis Arrows to manipulate 3D layers in After Effects. We know that many After Effects users – especially those from print and video editing backgrounds – have probably not used a 3D program before; hopefully this will bring you one step closer to overcoming any apprehension you may have over diving into 3D. The next movie will cover how to use the 3D camera tool to manipulate both cameras and 3D viewports. In the meantime, click on the Play Video link below, and enjoy!

(Note: For those who are hearing-impaired, has added Closed Captioning to these tutorials. They are available here. We are also in the process of creating video training for all of the After Effects Apprentice lessons; they will also appear on If you do not have a subscription, click here for a free 7-day pass.)

After Effects Apprentice was designed for students looking to learn After Effects from scratch, as well as those who do not use AE full time (such as editors or web designers). It starts gently with an introduction to keyframing, and progresses through the important features (such as masks, mattes, effects, text, audio, 3D space, shape layers, expressions, parenting, and building advanced hierarchies of compositions) until you end up keying, stabilizing, and compositing a shot in high def. The second edition has been fully revamped for After Effects CS4, and includes integration with Photoshop CS4 Extended and Flash Professional CS4.

The content contained in After Effects Apprentice – as well as the CMG Blogs and CMG Keyframes posts on ProVideoCoalition – are copyright Crish Design, except where otherwise attributed.

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Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS,…

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