Intro to Motion

Much of what makes animations “feel” good is based on evoking a sense of natural rhythm and timing. In the late 1800s, Eadweard Muybridge studied the movements of animals by documenting motion through photographs. In his studies, he created a stop motion effect that allowed us a glimpse into how creatures move. As still images, you can observe the physiology of the animal, and in motion, you can see it come to life. While the photos are doing the heavy lifting, imagine what this animation would look like if the timing was off.

After Effects Basics

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For using expressions on transformers that have an x and a y property (for example, scale or position) you must use variables to separate both values, like this:

Exporting Videos in Media Encoder
Once you’re in media encoder use the following settings:

Format: h.264
Preset: Twitter 1080 Full HD
Select: “Match source” under video
Unselect “Export Audio” if you don’t have audio
Select “Use Maximum Render Quality”
Hit Ok


Let’s look at a few examples that use simple animation principles in an effective way. What works about them?


Anemica Cinema, Marcel Duchamp (1926)
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