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4.1 How to Create Different Camera Angles

In this lesson you will learn how to use the camera to create different camera angles for the start of your animation. You will learn how to create two different compositions and how to combine them.

4.1 How to Create Different Camera Angles

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the Stranger Things 80s intro course. In this lesson, we'll learn how to add cameras to the animation. So to add a camera to the composition, simply go up to the top menu here and click on Layer, New and Select Camera. This will make a new window appear where you can adjust certain settings for the camera and name it. But for now let's go ahead and leave it at its default settings and then click OK. And you'll see now that we've got a camera layer here at the bottom which we can use to adjust certain settings for. So if we open up you can see we've got all these camera options here that we can adjust. Now before we do that we want to change the final title composition into a 3D layer, so click on this and then make this a 3D layer by clicking on the 3D layer icon here. And now let's go ahead and add some subtle movement to the camera. So select the camera and now press P on the keyboard to access it's position option. Now, make sure you're at the very start of the timeline. So let's scrub all the way back to the start of our animation like so. And we want to create a position keyframe by clicking on the stopwatch icon here. And now from here we want to go ahead to about, let's say eight seconds. And from here we want to create another keyframe like so. Now let's go ahead and return to the first keyframe at the beginning of the timeline and we want to reduce the third value here to about minus 200. So let's go ahead and change this to minus 200, like so, or we can just simply click on that and enter the value in. So minus 200. Next we want to go to the keyframe at eight seconds and let's change this to about minus 1,020, like so. Let's bring this in a little bit. So let's change this to about minus 1,200 or minus 1,100. So just playing with the, I think minus 1,250 will do. I'm just playing around with these values here, just so we can get this cool zooming effect. Now I have extently created two keyframes here, so it's very important to make sure that when you're entering these values that you enter these values on top of the right keyframes. So I'm just going to select that keyframe and delete, and we'll leave this at minus 1,400 for now. Cool. Now this will create a cool zoom effects for us. So you can see as we scrub backwards and forwards in our timelines going from very, very close up to now at eight seconds flow in. Awesome. Now let's go ahead and select both keyframes like so. And we want to right click Keyframe Asistant and select Easy Ease. And now we can go to the graph editor again, and just as what we did before in our previous animations, we can adjust the timing. So lets make this timing slow at the beginning and slow at the end, like so. And if we come out of here, let us go ahead and see, so just scrubbing backwards and forwards to see how our animation is looking now. You can see it is zoomed in a little bit too much here so, a lot of our animation is missed out. So let's go ahead and change this, so it's not zoomed in so much. So it's about minus 300. And that we can actually make it so that the animation starts a little bit later. So if we go to our final title here, and let's go ahead and move the three shape layers here about two seconds in front, so, we can make our animation two seconds ahead. And we want to do the same with the text. So let's open up our text, our text composition. And inside here we want to open up all of our layers. We want to make it so that our animations are starting about two seconds, in front. So let's do this with the middle text here, so our animation is inside the text layer here. Just open that up, go to animator, open that up, and inside tracking, let's move our timeline to two seconds. Let's move both of these keyframes, to two seconds like so. And we'll do the same with all the other letters here as well, so let's go to contents and select all these keyframes. So we'll have to do this individually. So just go to the Transform here, select these, go two seconds in front, go to the end and then let's move these two seconds in front like so. And go to the T, move this two seconds in front. Then to the R, go to Transform, move this two seconds. Go to the O, go to Transform and move this two seconds, like so. And now let's do this for the top layer, so let's go to content. Go to the R here, go to Transform, select both of these keyframes, move them, go to the E, go to Transform, highlight these key frames, move them. And finally we've got two more letters. So Transform, select two key frames, move them and the T, go to Transform, move these two keyframes two seconds in front. Cool. So now, our animation doesn't start till two seconds into our video. So if we go back to our final retro text intro composition, if we scrub forward now, hopefully you'll see more of the animation as the camera sort of zooms out. So, excellent. Now we can also add extra angles to our animation using the camera as well. So let's go ahead and hide our first camera, our camera one, so clicking on that to hide it, so that our animation is normal again, and we can add a new camera. So let's go to Layer, New and Camera, click OK. And this time let's play about with the other axis a little bit more. So let's press P again to bring out the Position options. Now before we only changed the third value, which was the sort of zoom in and zoom out effects that we were getting. So, but now if we start to change the other values, you should start to see the text sort of angle slightly, like so. Now this is because all of our layers are in 3D so we get the extra benefit of 3D camera angles. So go ahead and choose a camera angle that you like. And we can zoom in a lot here, so let's, too much of an angle there. So let's zoom in a little bit. Like so. And now we can sort of create a keyframe for this, so let's create a keyframe here, so one keyframe here and let's make it about two or three seconds. So move two or three seconds in the timeline, create another keyframe and we want a little bit more movement in the text, so remember our animation doesn't start till two seconds in. So if we do that, you'll see we've got a bit more animation going on. So let's make this animation a little bit quicker, like so. And we can make slight adjustments here for our animation and our angle. And now if we scrub backwards and forwards in the timeline, you'll see that we've got this cool, three dimensional animation effect that we can use for our animation as well. Excellent. So that's it for this video. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to add a background image using Envato Elements. See you all there.

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